French Montana had already released dozens of mixtapes, including solo releases and frequent collaborations with Max B until 2009. Several years continued with his collaborations with other musical artists. As a joint venture with music producer Harry Fraud, he released a track entitled New York Minute that also followed the release of his 5th mixtape Mac Wit Da Cheese and 9th mixtape The Laundry Man 2.
2009 was quite a busy year for him, as the same year when he released numerous mixtapes also marked his collaboration with Akon, being signed to his record label Konvict Music. Their first collaborative release was Married to the Streets. During that time, French also unveiled his 7th mixtape Cocaine Konvicts. Akon, whom he cites as his “big brother” continued to maintain a good term with him though he dropped a deal with Akon’s label. Gaby Acevedo, a mutual friend through which Akon and French met became his manager.
His 10th mixtape Coke Boys released in 2010 included his collaborations with Gucci Mane, Three 6 Mafia, Fat Joe and Akon among others. The track Choppa Choppa Down featuring Waka Flocka Flame became hit among clubs and radio in South. The breakout track developed a close relationship between Flocka and French, which they describe as being friends. Afterward, his 9th mixtape Mac and Cheese 2 came in May 2010 which saw his collaborations with rising rappers like Nipsey Hussle, Big Sean, Nicki Minaj, Wiz Khalifa and others.
As reported by XXL magazine, he signed with Waka Flocka’s mother Debra Antney’s management firm Mizay Entertainment that lasted for one and half year. In February 2011, he released his 11th mixtape Mister 16: Casino Life that featured productions from Fraud and 12th was Coke Boys 2. French and Flocka’s collaborative mixtape Lock Out came in December same year that followed his 14th release Cocaine Mafia with rappers Project Pat and Juicy J. Same like 2009, 2011 would be the busiest year of releases for him.
With growing popularity in the South, French was approached by Rick Ross, Florida-based rapper. It was when his collaboration with Ross started. A notable one was 2012 biggest hit Stay Schemin, also featuring Drake.