NEW YORK (FOX 5 NY) - Rapper French Montana lost all motivation when one of his best friends was sent to jail and another died.
"I was looking for something that was going to make me do music again," said French. " I went back to my roots. I went back to Africa."
The Moroccan native who grew up in the Bronx from the age of 13 on had seen a group of singers and dancers from Uganda performing on YouTub and he wanted to find them.
"As I was watching them I couldn't take my eyes off of them. In Uganda, they don't have TVs. All their moves are unique and made to the music. I had to go there to find out why they were smiling. They have nothing ," said French.
It's where he learned "if you're not rich in heart, you'll never be rich."
"We definitely have too much access to everything (here)," said French.
The group- the Triplet Ghetto Kids- are 12 children who do not have parents or whose parents cannot support them.
"(They are all) living together in one house (with their manager) trying to accomplish their dreams," said French.
The rapper turned his eye-opening trip into a documentary, ''Unforgettable: My Project, Their Reality.'
"I saw my face in their face. I remember being in Morocco from a little village hoping to make it out. It opened my eyes to reality," said French.
The documentary will premiere later this summer.