It was recently announced that French Montana’s sophomore album, the successor to Excuse My French, would be titled Mac & Cheese. If you are at all familiar with French’s music, you are probably confused, considering he has a mixtape series entitled Mac & Cheese. Is his new album a continuation of the series? Is it a standalone album? However, it’s safe to say that the album will be it’s own standalone release.
However, to make things more confusing, French has just released his latest mixtape project entitled Mac & Cheese 4: The Appetizer. For those keeping score at home, it’s a mixtape that acts as a prequel to an album that is named after a previous mixtape. So, is Mac & Cheese 4: The Appetizer the prequel to a reboot of Mac & Cheese? Have I confused you yet?
How about we put the name aside shall we? Let’s get to what you actually care about; the music.
The mixtape, which features seven new tracks, is produced by Brooklyn-based Harry Fraud, who has worked with French in the past. The mixtape sounds great on a technical level. The quality of sound was present on the whole project. The project has a somber tone to it, which was a little surprising coming from French Montana.
The mixtape starts with some spoken words by Max B, one of French Montana’s first mentors in his career. Max B and French were great friends, but unfortunately, Max B was sentenced to 75 years in prison after numerous criminal offenses. As one would presume, this was a hard pill to swallow for French, and you can sense the emotion on the project. It adds some depth and substance to an overall bland piece of work.
I call it bland because there really isn’t much to it besides the nice sounds and the parts where French reflects on his childhood and his time with Max B. The lyrics left something to be desired and the some of the songs were just generally non-interesting. French Montana has been hit or miss for me, and in this instance he missed the mark. I really wasn’t expecting too much going into my time with Mac & Cheese 4, but I was left underwhelmed.
For a mixtape whose purpose was to get me excited for Mac & Cheese, it failed to complete it’s objective. Instead, I feel myself anticipating French’s new album with lukewarm enthusiasm. If the sound and feel of the mixtape stays constant, at least his album will sound nice, but I want something more. I hope it provides a little more substance.