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Freaks cover
French Montana
Excuse My French
Features Nicki Minaj
Released February 14, 2013
Recorded 2012
Format Digital download
Genre Dancehall, hip hop
Length 3:01
Label Interscope Records, Bad Boy Records
Writer Richard Butler, Karim Kharbouch, Onika Maraj
Producer Rico Love
Single information
Single release March 12, 2013
Video release March 7, 2013
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"Freaks" is a song by French Montana from his debut album Excuse My French, which features guest vocals by Nicki Minaj. The song serves as the second single from the album. It was written by Richard Butler, Karim Kharbouch, and Onika Maraj, and was produced by Rico Love. It is the 11th track on the album. The song was released on February 13, 2013, and was officially released on February 14, as a digital download. It was officially released to Rhythmic radio on March 12, 2013, being the most added song to Urban and Rhythmic stations during that week. A music video was filmed on February 18, and was released on March 7. Her laugh is reused in "Anaconda".

The remix version was released on April 25, 2013.

Background Edit

Montana talked about the collaboration at the VMA 2012. "I got my new single coming out with Nicki Minaj", said at the red carpet of the event on September 6, 2012, "I got my album coming out in December, I got a couple of surprises under my sleeve." He revealed that the song is "just something for the clubs (...) especially for New York, I feel like it's big," he said.[1]

The rapper took to Twitter to reveal the provocative artwork on January 24, 2013, which displays an illustration of a topless woman on the beach.[2] French predicts that the song will be a Top 40 on Billboard/#1 on Hip-Hop/Rap charts on Billboard.[3] Montana announced on his Twitter that the song would be released on February 13, 2013 between 6:00 PM and 7:00 PM EST.[4] The song was released that day and was available for download the next day, February 14.[5] It was later released to Rhythmic radio on March 12, 2013.

Composition Edit

The song was written by Richard Butler, Karim Kharbouch, and Onika Maraj,[6] and was produced by Rico Love, and samples Chaka Demus and Pliers' "Murder She Wrote" and Li'l Vicious and Doug E. Fresh's "Freaks."[3]

Music VideoEdit

Music Video Information
French Montana - Freaks (Explicit) ft03:04

French Montana - Freaks (Explicit) ft. Nicki Minaj

Premiere March 7, 2013
Filmed February 18, 2013
Director Eif Riveria
Producer Kelvin Kraver
Production co Modern Artists Creative, ERG Designs
Exec. producer
Editor Eif Rivera
Length 3:04
Source VideoStatic

French Montana confirmed in a interview with Fuse that their will be a music video, and it will be filmed on February 18, 2013.[7] It was filmed on this date, directed by Eif Rivera.[8] The video premiered on VEVO on March 7, 2013. Montana also went on 106 & Park to premiere the video the same day.


Behind the scenesEdit

Two behind the scenes videos were released. Minaj does not appear in the first video, released on February 19,[8] however the second behind the scenes video focuses on her, which was released on February 26.[9]

French Montana Nicki Minaj Freaks01:37

French Montana Nicki Minaj Freaks




Charts Edit

Chart (2013) Peak
France (SNEP) 140
Netherlands (MegaCharts) 77
US Billboard Hot 100 77
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard) 28
US Rap Songs (Billboard) 18

Release history Edit

Country Date Format
United States February 14, 2013 Digital download[5]
March 12, 2013 Rhythmic radio

Lyrics Edit

Explicit version Edit

Remix VersionEdit

Freaks remix
French Montana
Excuse My French
Features DJ Khaled, Mavado, Rick Ross, Wale, Nicki Minaj
Released April 25, 2013
Genre Dancehall, hip-hop
Length 3:22
Label Interscope Records, Bad Boy Records
Producer Rico Love

The official remix was released on April 25, 2013. The song features guest appearances from DJ Khaled, Mavado, Rick Ross, and Wale as well as French Montana and one of Nicki Minaj's verses from the original song.

References Edit

  1. MTV Nicki Minaj's Track With French Montana Is 'For The Clubs' Retrieved January 24, 2013.
  2. Single Cover: French Montana f/ Nicki Minaj – ‘Freaks’ Retrieved January 24, 2013.
  3. 3.0 3.1 New Music: French Montana f/ Nicki Minaj – ‘Freaks’ Retrieved February 13, 2013.
  4. Twitter: Special gift for the ladies for Valentine's... NEW song "FREAKS" feat @NICKIMINAJ drops today between 6pm & 7pm est. Retrieved February 13, 2013.
  5. 5.0 5.1 iTunes: Freaks (feat. Nicki Minaj) - Single Retrieved February 19, 2013.
  6. AllMusic: Freaks - French Montana Retrieved March 16, 2013.
  7. French Montana Interview With Fuse Retrieved February 13, 2013.
  8. 8.0 8.1 On Set of French Montana and Nicki Minaj’s ‘Freaks’ Video Retrieved February 19, 2013.
  9. Rap-Up: Nicki Minaj Heats Up French Montana’s ‘Freaks’ Video Retrieved March 11, 2013.
  10. Rap Genius Retrieved February 17, 2013.

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