Earlier this morning it was confirmed by the St. John’s basketball Twitter account that Moroccan-born and Bronx native rapper French Montana will be performing at this year’s Red Storm Tip-Off on October 17th.
Montana, 29, was born under the name Karim Kharbouch in Rabat, Morocco, where he would live for the first 13 years of his life. In 1996 he would move to the South Bronx with his family, and by 2002 he would get his start as a rapper under the name Young French. Since then he has been associated with major acts such as Akon, Rick Ross, Kanye West, and P. Diddy.
His debut album Excuse My French was released in May 2013, featuring hit singles, "Ain’t Worried About Nothin," Pop That," and "Freaks."
The Red Storm Tip-Off will be the unofficial start to the 2014-15 St. John’s basketball season before their first exhibition game on November 1st against Humboldt State, and their regular season opener on November 14th against NJIT.
Tip-Off will also be the first chance for fans to see the new-look Red Storm in action, as the men’s and women’s teams are each expected to participate in on-court exhibitions during the event. This will also be the debut of recruits Adonis Delarosa, Keith Thomas, and Myles Stewart in a St. John’s uniform.
Admission to the event is free, but space is limited. Free tickets will be made available on the day of the event, first to St. John’s students beginning at 9 AM, and later to the general public at 3:30 PM.