Jungle Rules

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Jungle Rules
Jungle Rules by French Montana.jpg
Studio album by French Montana
Released July 14, 2017
Recorded 2016–17
Genre
Length 64:19
Label
Producer
French Montana chronology
MC4
(2016)MC42016
Jungle Rules
(2017)
Singles from Jungle Rules
  1. "Unforgettable"
    Released: April 7, 2017
  2. "No Pressure"
    Released: April 7, 2017
  3. "A Lie"
    Released: August 15, 2017[2]
  4. "Famous"
    Released: November 28, 2017[3]

Jungle Rules is the second studio album by Moroccan-American rapper French Montana. It was released on July 14, 2017 by Coke Boys, Bad Boy and Epic Records.[4] The album succeeds his mixtape MC4 (2016), which was originally intended to be his second studio album. It features guest appearances from Future, Travis Scott, The Weeknd, Young Thug, Pharrell Williams, Quavo, T.I., Swae Lee, Marc E. Bassy, Chinx and Max B, among others. Production derives from frequent collaborator Harry Fraud, as well as Scott Storch, Detail, London on da Track, Mike Will Made It and others. The album was supported by the singles "No Pressure" featuring Future and "Unforgettable" featuring Swae Lee.

Jungle Rules received generally positive reviews from critics. It debuted at number three on the US Billboard 200, selling 52,000 copies in its first week. In October 2017, the album was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

Background[edit]

The title Jungle Rules was originally announced on August 25, 2015, in the midst of Chris Brown's "One Hell of a Nite" tour which ran between August and September which the rapper co-headlined.[5][6] The title was shelved, however, when in October the mixtape was released under the name Coke Zoo.[7][8] On June 12, 2017, Billboard attended a documentary screening and listening party hosted by French Montana in New York City.[9] The event featured previews of tracks expected on the upcoming sophomore album.[9] In a subsequent radio interview with Angie Martinez, he confirmed having completed recording three upcoming projects, including one being a collaboration, and the other his next album.[10] The title Jungle Rules was revived following his performance at the 2017 BET Awards, where the name and release date was revealed for July 14.[4] The track listing was revealed on July 5, 2017.[11]

Singles[edit]

The joint lead singles "No Pressure" and "Unforgettable" were released on April 7, 2017 for streaming and digital download. The latter peaked at number three on the US Billboard Hot 100, becoming the highest charting single as well as the first top 10 single of his career as lead artist to date.

"A Lie" featuring The Weeknd was sent to rhythmic radio as the album's third official single on August 22, 2017. It peaked at number 75 on the Billboard Hot 100.

"Famous" was sent to rhythmic radio as the album's fourth official single on November 28, 2017.

Promotional singles[edit]

On July 11, 2017, "Jump" featuring American rapper Travis Scott, was released as a promotional single.[12]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic68/100[13]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[14]
Exclaim!9/10[15]
Pitchfork6.5/10[16]

Jungle Rules received generally favorable reviews from critics upon release. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 68, based on 8 reviews.[13] Sheldon Pearce of Pitchfork commented that "Jungle Rules doesn’t answer any of the questions that have circled French Montana his entire career, chiefly: Can he be a leading man and can he be as interesting on wax as he is in the day to day? He has evolved quite a bit since Excuse My French, coming up with moments of sharpness, but he is still limited in what he can do. His music flattens the showy life he lives. If there’s a case to be made for his vibrance, it isn’t this."[16] Riley Wallace of Exclaim! gave a positive review, stating French Montana "delivers a cohesive cover-to-cover platter of flame emojis that traverse his range".[15] Neil Yeung of AllMusic wrote: "In the end, with enough highlights that could constitute a tighter and more effective track list, Jungle Rules suffers from lengthy playlist aspirations and not enough focus."[14]

Commercial performance[edit]

Jungle Rules debuted at number three on the US Billboard 200 with 52,000 album-equivalent units, of which 16,000 were pure album sales in its first week.[17] On October 17, 2017, the album was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for combined sales and album-equivalent units of over 500,000 units in the United States.

Track listing[edit]

Credits adapted from album's liner notes and Tidal.[18][19]

Jungle Rules[20]
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Whiskey Eyes" (featuring Chinx)
4:44
2."Unforgettable" (featuring Swae Lee)
3:53
3."Trippin"
Ben Billions2:56
4."A Lie" (featuring The Weeknd and Max B)
3:56
5."Jump" (featuring Travis Scott)
Nova3:41
6."Hotel Bathroom"
3:51
7."Bring Dem Things" (featuring Pharrell)Harry Fraud3:16
8."Bag" (featuring Ziico Niico)
  • Kharbouch
  • Sherwin Charles
  • Nico Burrell
Ziggy on the Keyboard3:37
9."Migo Montana" (featuring Quavo)London on da Track3:38
10."No Pressure" (featuring Future)
3:27
11."Push Up"
3:02
12."Stop It" (featuring T.I.)Storch3:05
13."Black Out" (featuring Young Thug)
Beat Billionaire3:38
14."She Workin" (featuring Marc E. Bassy)
3:07
15."Formula" (featuring Alkaline)
Lee Milla3:54
16."Famous"
4:04
17."Too Much"
Alex L.2:56
18."White Dress"
2Epik3:43
Total length:64:19

Track notes

  • ^[a] signifies a co-producer.
  • ^[b] signifies an additional producer.
  • ^[c] signifies an uncredited producer.
  • "Whiskey Eyes" and "White Dress" features background vocals from Fe.
  • "Trippin" features background vocals from Rick Steel.
  • "Bring Dem Things" features additional vocals from The Kid Daytona.
  • "Famous" features additional vocals from Dafina Zeqiri and Rico Love.

Sample credits

  • "Jump" contains a sample from "Headlock", written and performed by Imogen Heap.
  • "Bring Dem Things" contains a sample from "Last Hope's Gone", written by Paul Butterfield, Jim Haynie and David Sanborn, performed by The Paul Buttefield Blues Band, "Mingus Fingus No. 2", written and performed by Charles Mingus and "Take Me to the Mardi Gras", written by Paul Simon, performed by Bob James.
  • "Bag" is a remix of "That Bag", written and performed by Ziico Niico
  • "Formula" is a remix of "Formula", written and performed by Alkaline
  • "White Dress" contains a sample from Aeorien, written by Francisco Vidal, performed by Fran Soto featuring Aeralie Bringhton.

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[48] Platinum 80,000^
United States (RIAA)[49] Gold 500,000double-dagger

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

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