- french montanaWhere Should French Montana Sign?French Montana is arguably the hottest new artist of the moment. Having already heated up New York with cuts like "Choppa Choppa Down" and "Shot Caller," French has gotten the attention of a number of labels reportedly interested in bringing him aboard. <em>XXL</em> helps the BX representer weigh his options. —<em>XXL Staff</em>
- maybach music group<strong>Maybach Music Group</strong><br /><strong>Pros:</strong> There's no question that MMG is heating things up right now. Rick Ross is still the Bawse, Wale will be dropping <em>Ambition</em> this week, and Meek Mill is still building momentum. French has already collaborated with both Ross and Meek, and appeared on <em>Self Made, Vol. 1</em> earlier this year. The Bronx rapper's energy and approach seems to fit MMG. Thus far, Ross has done a solid job pushing his artists.<br /><strong>Cons:</strong> With a new Ross album on the way, Meek working on his debut, and Pill in the chamber, French may not get the chance to shine right away.
- wayne drake<strong>Young Money</strong><br /><strong>Pros:</strong> Like MMG, Young Money has been on fire. With Lil Wayne's latest release, Nicki Minaj still eating off of <em>Pink Friday</em>, and Drake gearing up for <em>Take Care</em>, YM boasts three of the game's biggest heavyweights. Aligning with them immediately adds a flame to your name. French also wouldn't be alone, since the label now boasts artists from plenty of different locations, including a few New Yorkers.<br /><strong>Cons:</strong> Things seems a bit cluttered over at Weezy's house. YM's three-headed monster is constantly prioritized. French would join Cory Gunz, Lil Twist, Bow Wow, Lil Chuckee, Jae Millz and Tyga on YM's deep bench.
- good music<strong>G.O.O.D. Music</strong><br /><strong>Pros:</strong> Despite Pusha T's recent acquisition, French's signing to G.O.O.D. Music would be a total curveball considering Yeezy's crew isn't as street-oriented as the other labels in the Montana race. With a solid roster already intact, French Montana would be an interesting fit for Kanye's team. He's been categorized as a New York rapper thus far, but aligning himself with Weezy would give him a platform for worldwide success.<br /><strong>Cons:</strong> Similarly to Young Money, GM's large roster might end up hurting French, as there's no guarantee that he'd be a priority or get attention from the man in charge.
- mgk diddy<strong>Bad Boy</strong><br /><strong>Pros:</strong> Aside from Machine Gun Kelly and Red Cafe, there isn't much of a waiting list over at Bad Boy. Puff also is a master promoter.<br /><strong>Cons:</strong> Ask any of a handful of disgruntled artists what it's like signing to Diddy, and it'll become clear that there are some risks in getting involved with Bad Boy.
- jay z<strong>Roc Nation</strong><br /><strong>Pros:</strong> Though it took a while to get the project out, J. Cole's debut album, <em>Cole World: The Sideline Story</em>, debuted at No. 1 last month. The roster is thin when it comes to rappers—Cole and Jay Electronica—so French could be a main focus. Neither Cole nor Electronica are in French's lane, either.<br /> <strong>Cons:</strong> Remember how long it took for J. Cole's debut album to get out? Yeah, that could happen again.