French Montana emigrated to the US from Rabat at age 13 and has since become one of the biggest names in hip-hop.
Rabat – Moroccan rapper French Montana used his stage time as a presenter at the Video Music Awards (VMAs) in New York to raise awareness about the plight of immigrants in the US.
While presenting the award for Best Latin video alongside American actress Alison Brie, he said he was “proud” to present the award “because as an immigrant, I feel like we are the people that make this country, and I feel like I want to be the voice.”
French Montana, whose real name is Karim Kharbouch, emigrated to the US from Rabat at age 13 and has since become one of the biggest names in hip-hop.
“These nominees — and most of them are immigrants, too — are on top of the biggest movement in music,” he added.
Brie chimed in in agreement, saying: “What’s happening to immigrants in this country is unconstitutional and frankly disgusting!” Brie was most likely referring to Trump’s harsh immigration policies since he came to office in 2016.
After making his statement French Montana announced the winners: Rosalia & J Balvin with their video for “Con Altura.” Both of the stars performed in Rabat in July at Morocco’s Mawazine festival.