It must feel great to be a New Yorker again. With "Shot Caller", French Montana has become a presence in his own right, with help from rising star producer Harry Fraud. The track feels so New York that French and Fraud had to get Diddy on it, flipping briefly into the "Benjamins" beat, because that was the last era that new money in hip hop sounded so classy. New York's rap style is cosmopolitan first and foremost, and that's something other regions could never imitate.
February 22, 2012