MC4 (mixtape)

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MC4
MC4CoverArt.jpg
Mixtape by French Montana
ReleasedNovember 5, 2016
Recorded2013–16
GenreHip hop
Length58:28
Label
Producer
French Montana chronology
Wave Gods
(2016)
MC4
(2016)
Jungle Rules
(2017)
Singles from MC4
  1. "Figure It Out"
    Released: May 6, 2016
  2. "Lockjaw"
    Released: May 27, 2016
  3. "No Shopping"
    Released: July 16, 2016
  4. "Said N Done"
    Released: August 5, 2016
  5. "XPlicit"
    Released: September 2, 2016
  6. "Have Mercy"
    Released: September 2, 2016
  7. "2 Times"
    Released: September 2, 2016
  8. "Brick Road"
    Released: September 27, 2016
  9. "Paid For"
    Released: October 12, 2016

MC4 (abbreviation for Mac & Cheese 4) is the twenty first mixtape by American rapper French Montana. MC4 was originally intended to be his second studio album. It was scheduled to be released on November 5, 2016, by Coke Boys Records, Bad Boy Records, Maybach Music Group and Epic Records. However, the album's release was canceled after Target unofficially released the album on CD on its original release date, August 19, 2016, two months before the album was set to release, which was later leaked online in its entirety.[1] Subsequently, the album was heavily bootlegged. It was French Montana’s last project released by Maybach Music Group before leaving the label.

It is the fourth installment in the Mac & Cheese series, and was intended to be the first of the series to be released as an album. On November 5, 2016, Montana unexpectedly released the album as a mixtape instead and premiered it on Canadian rapper Drake's Beats 1 radio show, OVO Sound, later that night.

The project notably includes guest appearances from Kanye West, Miguel, Drake, Jeezy, ASAP Rocky, Kodak Black, Nas and Chinx. The album's production was handled by Harry Fraud, Murda Beatz, Detail, DJ Khalil, DannyBoyStyles and The Alchemist, among others.

Release and promotion[edit]

On November 9, 2013, French Montana unveiled the original cover art for "Mac & Cheese 4" but had not specified whether it would be an album or a mixtape.[2] The rapper had recently released his debut album Excuse My French earlier that year. On January 8, 2014, in an interview with Rolling Stone, he announced that it would be his sophomore album dropping sometime later in the year.[3] On June 29, 2014, in an interview with MTV News at the 2014 BET Awards, French revealed that his second album would be dropping in November, and would include appearances from the likes of Kanye West, will.i.am and then-fellow Coke Boys members Lil Durk and Chinx.[4]

On December 8, 2014, French announced that he and longtime record producer Harry Fraud would be releasing a collaborative EP titled Mac & Cheese: The Appetizer, on December 16, 2014, serving as a prequel to the upcoming album.[5] Following delays, on December 19, French released Mac & Cheese: The Appetizer with Harry Fraud, consisting of seven tracks.[5] On May 8, 2015, French released his twentieth mixtape, Casino Life 2. On October 26, 2015, French and Fetty Wap released their collaborative mixtape, Coke Zoo. French announced that his second album was pushed back for to an unspecified release sometime in 2016. On February 19, 2016, French released his twentyfirst mixtape, Wave Gods.

Unofficial release and original album leak[edit]

The album was set to be released on August 19, 2016, however, French tweeted a couple days before the original release that the album was pushed back for "sample clearance issues".[6] However, the album was leaked in its entirety on August 19, 2016, on its original release date and two months before its new release date, due to Target unofficially releasing the album on CD despite the push back, which some people managed to get a hold of the album and release it on the internet as a leak, which was heavily bootlegged.[7][8] Later on August 24, 2016, the CEO of French's main label, Epic Records, L.A. Reid, later stated that French's statement that he posted on Twitter was false, and the album was delayed because of the lack of hype for it, and Reid wanted to add hype by pushing it back.[9][10]

Original cancellation and revival as a mixtape[edit]

French cancelled the project on October 6, 2016 because of the unofficial Target release, the album's leak and some "sample clearance issues" on tracks like "I'm Heated" and "2 Times". However, he also mentioned that a couple of the songs on the album will appear on his next mixtape.[1] Despite the cancellation, the album has re-appeared on the iTunes Store for purchase as previously scheduled, but was again removed hours later.[11][12] However, on November 5, 2016, Montana unexpectedly released the album as a mixtape instead and premiered it on Drake's Beats 1 radio show, OVO Sound radio later that night.[13]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Ready (Intro)"4:38
2."Play Yaself"
Harry Fraud4:28
3."No Shopping" (featuring Drake)3:47
4."2 Times"
  • Maaly Raw
  • CritaCal
3:46
5."Everytime" (featuring Jeezy)
Earl and E2:30
6."Said N Done" (featuring ASAP Rocky)
Earl and E3:05
7."I'm Heated"3:36
8."Lockjaw" (featuring Kodak Black)
Ben Billions3:42
9."Check Come"
  • Swift
  • Detail
5:37
10."Brick Road"
  • Kharbouch
  • Quigley
Harry Fraud2:51
11."XPlicit" (featuring Miguel)
  • Ben Billions
  • DannyBoyStyles
  • The ANMLS
  • Bizzy
3:40
12."Figure It Out" (featuring Kanye West and Nas)
4:01
13."Have Mercy" (featuring Beanie Sigel, Jadakiss and Styles P)
6:47
14."Chinx & Max / Paid For" (featuring Max B and Chinx)
9:06
Total length:58:28

Sample credits

  • "Check Come" contains samples from the viral video "Pranking My African Dad" made by British Nigerian YouTube personality Eman Kellam.[14]
  • "Ready (Intro)" contains samples from the music single "Belong To The World" by the artist Abel Tesfaye a.k.a. "The Weeknd" which was released in Tesfayes' 2013 album "Kiss Land".

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "500 Internal Server Error". complex.com. Retrieved 13 January 2017.
  2. ^ "French Montana Reveals Cover Art For Mac & Cheese 4". HotNewHipHop. November 10, 2013.
  3. ^ "French Montana Working With Kanye, Macklemore and Rick Ross". Rolling Stone. January 8, 2014.
  4. ^ "Kanye West And French Montana Have Recorded 5 Tracks Together". MTV.com. June 30, 2014.
  5. ^ a b "French Montana Is Serving Up An Appetizer Before His Next Album". MTV.com. December 8, 2014.
  6. ^ "French Montana Pushes Back 'MC4' Release Date".
  7. ^ "Target Caught Selling French Montana's 'MC4' Album Despite Pushback - XXL".
  8. ^ "Target Puts French Montana's "MC4" Out For Sale Despite Album Delay".
  9. ^ "L.A. Reid Reveals Why French Montana's 'MC4' Album Was Really Pushed Back - XXL".
  10. ^ "French Montana Lied, "MC4" Wasn't Pushed Back Due to Sample Clearance - DJBooth Article".
  11. ^ "Mc4 by French Montana on Apple Music - iTunes".
  12. ^ "French Montana's 'MC4' Album Released on iTunes".
  13. ^ "French Montana - MC4 - Download & Listen [New Mixtape]". hotnewhiphop.com. Retrieved 13 January 2017.
  14. ^ "French Montana Features "Pranking My African Dad" Video On MC4". thefader.com. Retrieved 13 January 2017.