Rapper French Montana stopped by Capitol Hill on Wednesday to meet with lawmakers to discuss the opioid epidemic and advocate for immigration reform, among other issues.

The Moroccan-American performer, born Karim Kharbouch, was spotted by reporters walking the halls of Congress on Wednesday evening, after a representative said he had “over 13 meetings” with lawmakers earlier in the day.

“He wanted to come here to talk about the opioid epidemic sweeping through the country, especially disproportionately hitting the African American community,” Mike Rubino, a representative for the entertainer, told The Hill.


The push comes as the rapper, whom Rubino noted has also “spoken very candidly about his own sobriety,” is launching a company called Pure. Rubino said the effort will mirror how Montana “managed to get sober and it's for people that want to get sober in a more unconventional way that doesn't involve taking more drugs.”

“He's also spoken to people about immigration as an issue as a naturalized citizen,” the representative. “He went through the entire process and just feels that there's an onerous burden put on people who want to do things the right way and it’s too long and lengthy of a process.”

Rubino added that the “Unforgettable” rapper also spoke with lawmakers about President BidenJoe BidenDeputy AG: DOJ investigating fake Trump electors On The Money — Vaccine-or-test mandate for businesses nixed Warner tests positive for breakthrough COVID-19 case MORE’s Build Back Better Act, a sprawling social spending plan Democrats have been working quickly to pass. 

Among the lawmakers Montana met with were Reps. Shontel Brown (D-O.H.), Jim ClyburnJames (Jim) Enos ClyburnApril Ryan: Biden owes Black voters an explanation on stalled voting rights push Clyburn says he 'wholeheartedly' endorses Biden's voting rights remarks Black Democrats hammer Manchin for backing filibuster on voting rights MORE (D-S.C.), Dina TitusAlice (Dina) Costandina TitusOvernight Health Care — Biden faces pressure from Democrats on COVID-19 Democrats call on Biden to step up virus response Rapper French Montana talks opioid epidemic, immigration on Capitol Hill MORE (D-Nev.), Susie LeeSuzanne (Susie) Kelley LeeMORE (D-Nev.), Kathleen RiceKathleen Maura RiceRapper French Montana talks opioid epidemic, immigration on Capitol Hill Five takeaways: House passes Biden's sweeping benefits bill Dems brace for score on massive Biden bill MORE (D-N.Y.), Ritchie Torres (D-N.Y.), Byron Donald (R-Fla.), Ben ClineBenjamin (Ben) Lee ClineThe Hill's Morning Report - Biden to make voting rights play in Atlanta Mace tests positive for COVID-19 a second time Two more House lawmakers test positive for COVID-19 MORE (R-Va.), Jamaal Bowman (D-N.Y.) and Adriano EspaillatAdriano de Jesus Espaillat CabralRift grows between Biden and immigration advocates Sixteen Hispanic House Democrats ask EPA for tougher methane rule Democrats mull hardball tactics to leapfrog parliamentarian on immigration MORE (D-N.Y.). He also met with Sen. Tim ScottTimothy (Tim) Eugene ScottSen. Tim Scott rakes in nearly million in fourth quarter These Senate seats are up for election in 2022 The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Supreme Court allows lawsuits against Texas abortion ban MORE (R-S.C.).

Rice's office said she and the rapper discussed issues around the opioid epidemic, mental health care, and substance abuse.

"French Montana was meeting with Members today to advocate for congressional action on these issues and look for ways he could use his platform to spread awareness," said her spokesman. 

Judy Kurtz contributed