Walter Anthony Bradford (born March 3, 1989), best known professionally as Montana of 300, is an American hip hop recording artist from Chicago, Illinois. His debut studio album, Fire in the Church, which was released in May 2016, peaked at number 95 on the Billboard 200. His rap style is best known for its extensive use of metaphors and complex lyrics set to versatile trap, R&B, and drill beats, while also making remixes to hit songs.
Walter Anthony Bradford was born on March 3, 1989 in Chicago, Illinois, and was raised in Peoria, Illinois. He has two brothers and three sisters. He started rapping at age 15, and grew up listening to artists such as Tupac, DMX, Lil Wayne and Jay Z. Both his parents suffered from serious substance abuse issues, the father from alcohol and the mother from crack cocaine. After witnessing his parents' struggles, Montana ceased using narcotics, not wanting to quote, "Fry his brain."
In 2008, Montana and his friend from high school, Talley, joined together to form the rap group "300". The name for the group was based on the movie of the same name, in which a group of 300 Spartans overcome more than 300,000 Persian Soldiers to hold on to their territory. Montana was particularly inspired by the line, "No Surrender, No Retreat, Only the hard, only the strong, Against All odds".
Soon, Montana decided to do his own remixes of popular rap songs. As an increasingly larger audience began to listen to his music, his popularity grew, and some of his remixes, including "Chiraq" and "Panda" have gained millions of views on YouTube.
In 2014, Montana released his first mixtape entitled, Cursed with a Blessing. The tape, which included popular songs such as "Ice Cream Truck" produced by Jay Storm, "Holy Ghost" produced by Daquan and "Fuck Her Brains Out" produced by Dami Tha Prince, was positively received by critics, who lauded his lyricism and powerful messages.
In September 2015, Montana made a cameo appearance in the popular television show, Empire. In December 2015, Montana and Talley of 300 released a collaborative mixtape entitled Gunz and Roses. Staples of this tape included "FGE Cypher" and "Mf's Mad".
On May 20, 2016, Montana released his debut studio album, entitled Fire in the Church. The 18-track release, which only included features from his Fly Guy Entertainment labelmates and Kevin Gates, was lauded by XXL magazine for its "heat-seeking bars and thought-provoking metaphors". The album peaked at number 95 on the Billboard 200.
On February 10, 2017, Montana released a compilation album with his Fly Guy Entertainment labelmates, entitled No Surrender No Retreat.
He is currently working on his second studio album, tentatively titled Don't Doubt the God, which is set for release on May 20, 2017.
Montana has two sons.