French Montana is looking to expand his reach from beyond the music scene into the realm of politics after a recent visit to Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. to discuss the opioid crisis and issues around immigration.
The Moroccan-American rapper, born Karim Kharbouch, spoke with reporters in the halls of Congress after having “over 13 meetings” with lawmakers. “He wanted to come here to talk about the opioid epidemic sweeping through the country, especially disproportionately hitting the African American community,” said French Montana’s representative Mike Rubino.
Rubino noted that Montana’s visit to the Capitol comes just before the launch of his new company, Pure, which will mirror the rapper’s journey in managing “to get sober and it’s for people that want to get sober in a more unconventional way that doesn’t involve taking more drugs.”
“He’s also spoken to people about immigration as an issue as a naturalized citizen,” Rubino continued. “He went through the entire process and just feels that there’s an onerous burden put on people who want to do things the right way and it’s too long and lengthy of a process.”
Among the lawmakers French Montana met with include, Reps. Shontel Brown (D-O.H.), Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.), Dina Titus (D-Nev.), Susie Lee (D-Nev.), Kathleen Rice (D-N.Y.), Ritchie Torres (D-N.Y.), Byron Donald (R-Fla.), Ben Cline (R-Va.), Jamaal Bowman (D-N.Y.) and Adriano Espaillat (D-N.Y.). He also met with Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.).
— Rep. Ritchie Torres (@RepRitchie) December 10, 2021