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Max B
Background information
Birth nameCharly Wingate[1]
Also known asBiggaveli
The Silver Surfer
Wavie Crockett
Boss Don Biggavels
Born (1978-05-21) May 21, 1978 (age 42)[citation needed]
OriginHarlem, New York City, New York, United States
GenresHip hop
Years active2005–present
LabelsByrdGang Records (2006–2010)
Amalgam Digital (2010–2013)
Associated actsFrench Montana
Dame Grease
Wave Gang

Charly Wingate (born May 21, 1978), known by his stage name as Max B, is an American rapper from Harlem, New York City, New York. In 2009, Max B began serving a 75-year prison sentence[2] for charges of conspiracy to armed robbery, kidnapping, aggravated assault, and murder.[3] The Sentence was lowered to 30 years. [4]


Max B was incarcerated on robbery charges from 1997 to 2005,[5] starting serving at 17 years of age.[6] He had come up with a second alias Biggaveli denoting his belief that he is a combination of rappers: The Notorious B.I.G. ("Biggie Smalls") Jay-Z ("Jigga Man[7]") and Tupac Shakur ("Makaveli").[8]

After finishing his sentence, he befriended Harlem rapper Jim Jones through his childhood friend and rapper Cam'ron.[6] Max B came to prominence through this affiliation with the Harlem collective The Diplomats, in particular with Cam'ron. In 2006 Jones formed the collective ByrdGang with Max B as a starring member.[9] Fellow ByrdGang member Stack Bundles was killed in 2007.[10] Max B expressed the loss: "That was fucked up because the nigga Stacks was close to me, I ain't even gonna front. I was in jail at the time, so a nigga was sitting. A nigga learned to cope with that thing pretty well though, R.I.P. to Stacks. Shout out to my nigga, he played me all the joints he had. Man, that was my nigga."[11]

Max B then engaged in a long feud with Jim Jones. Jones was preventing Max B from earning the adequate amount of money he was due for his artistic creations and work. Large amounts of money were given to Jim Jones for shows, however Max B would receive a split from Byrdgang which was only a fraction of what Jim had made; when most of the material performed was written entirely by Max B, including lyrics, hooks, and melodies. Although under contract by Jones, Max B was destined to get out of this situation.[12]

Beef with Jim Jones and Byrdgang

Max B left ByrdGang by early-2008, however, his contract with ByrdGang restricted him from releasing music commercially without proceeds going through the label.[13] By then, Jim Jones had garnered a streak of feuds with rappers, ranging from Junior MAFIA to would-be Jay-Z affiliate Tru Life. Tru Life had already appeared in various interviews, including one on Cocaine City Vol. 8 (2007)[14] showing off two Dipset chains he claimed to have snatched off of Jones.[14] Max B's affiliation with French and their mutual beef with Jim Jones was a very public one – resulting in numerous back-and-forth "diss" videos, interviews, confrontations and accusations – which appeared on street DVDs such as Cocaine City, Smack, Come Up, Sub-0, as well as websites such as and which were just beginning to gain a foothold. The feud also involved Jim Jones affiliate Hell Rell,[15][16] and at differing points of time various rappers from Dipset or ByrdGang.

Max B & French Montana would go on to release their debut collaborative mixtape Coke Wave – including productions from Dame Grease, Young Los, J. Cardim and others – on February 6, 2009.[17] The run up to which, and immediate after, was marred by tension and confrontation between the feuding sides. Notable bits from the series of back-and-forth videos include, French and Max B mocking Hell Rell's standing in relation to Jones,[15][18] and Rell firing back;[16][19] Max B's allegations of infidelity by Jones' wife Chrissy; Max B recalling an off-camera altercation with Jones in the street in late-2008;[20][21] footage of French and Max's crew confronting Jones at his Manhattan studio followed by a standoff with police in November (Cocaine City Vol. 12);[22] and an attempted reprisal against Max B by ByrdGang leading to a brawl at a club in Brooklyn in January 2009.[23]

February would be a busy month of releases, as both rappers dropped their next solo mixtapes that same month. Max B's mixtape Quarantine was released on February 23, while French released his fourth mixtape The Laundry Man on February 24, 2009.[24] The first of French's tapes to be hosted by later-frequent DJ collaborators Evil Empire and Connecticut's Big Mike. The two artists resumed concentrating on their solo records, until the release of their second collaborative mixtape Coke Wave 2 in November that year.

Allegations of blackballing

Throughout their stint, French Montana and Max B would allege being "blackballed" by radio and media.[25][26][27] In a September 25, 2008 video on WSHH,[28] they would go on to accuse Jim Jones – established as a mainstream artist with Dipset at the time – for using his influence to further dissuade labels and websites from covering the rappers.[28] As a response to being blackballed, the two would rely on grassroots and online methods of promotion. French Montana – who had a background in Cocaine City – and Max B, would utilize outlets such as street DVDs and hip hop websites to promote themselves and their respective projects. Since the early-2000s, street DVDs had emerged as a lucrative underground medium providing a "behind the scenes" look into the business and politics of major and upcoming rappers. By the mid-to-late 2010s, websites such as and had taken on the same spot; consequently, marking the decline of street DVDs as an outdated and non-lucrative format.

Another tactic the two used to fight the alleged blackballing was to release a flood of music/mixtapes; becoming among the driving facets of the "Coke Wave" campaign. Within the span of 2009, the two rappers combined had released over a dozen mixtapes that year alone. The Coke Wave mixtape, and its sequel Coke Wave 2, were accompanied by DVD films which included music videos, in-studio footage, skits, and videos revolving around their beef with background commentary.[29] Coke Wave 2 which was released subsequent to Max B's sentencing, further included footage related to his trial and commentary on his legal situation.[30] French would go on to touch on the subject of having been blackballed in a number of interviews following his mainstream breakout.[26][27] In a 2012 interview from prison, Max B touched on the subject noting,

I was completely blackballed, my songs on the radio. I couldn’t help myself but I was always able to help French do what he wanted to do [...] if I had to blow trial, at least I know a n**ga out there holding it down. We was a part of something together. I’m talking to French; we communicate a couple times a week [...] he real wavy right now [...] Get the Coke Wave, listen to it.[25]

After the Beef

Max B signed a deal with Boston-based Amalgam Digital in 2008[31] and was signed with the label up to 2013.[32][33] His debut album is entitled Vigilante Season.

Murder charges

Charly Wingate
Harlem, New York, United States
NationalityNew Afrikan
Criminal penalty
  • 8 years in prison (1997–2005)
  • Currently incarcerated (2009- )
Criminal statusIncarcerated at New Jersey State Prison

According to authorities, Max sent his ex-girlfriend, Gina Conway, and his stepbrother Kelvin Leerdam, in 2006 to rob two men in a Holiday Inn, in Fort Lee, Northern New Jersey. On September 22, 2006, Conway and Leerdam ambushed Allan "Jay" Plowden in room 408 and restrained him with duct tape, while awaiting Plowden's partner, David Taylor. Also in the room was Gissele Nieven. When Taylor arrived, he was immediately shot, point-blank, execution-style, in the head. He did not have any money on him.

The crew fled the scene, Plowden then alerted the hotel front desk of the murder. As police entered the room, Plowden was caught moving $30,000 out of the room. Plowden was later charged with money laundering and identity theft. One week later Conway, Leerdam and Max B were apprehended and charged.

On January 9, 2007 Max B was remanded to Bergen County Jail in New Jersey on a $2 million bail.[34] Conway testified against Max B and Leerdam, in exchange for a 15-year sentence on armed robbery and manslaughter. Leerdam received a life term plus 35 years.

On July 3, 2013 Conway lost a bid to lower her 15-year sentence. She claimed that her confession to the police was involuntary and that her sentence was excessive.

Conviction and appeal

By June 6, 2009, he had been found guilty on 9 of 11 counts in the ongoing trial.[35] On June 9, he was found guilty of murder conspiracy and robbery charges and faced up to 75 years. He was to be sentenced in Bergen County on July 30.

In a statement, Gerald Saluti said:

Max B would like to first thank all his family, friends and fans that have supported him throughout this trial. Please don’t give up on him at this point. Although the jury has spoken and Max has been convicted of felony murder, kidnapping, robbery and conspiracy a swift and successful appeal shall follow. [...] It is inconceivable that a jury could convict Max under the facts presented by the State. Even Gina Conway the State’s own witness testified that Max knew nothing of a robbery. [...] Ms. Conway, a jilted lover and proven liar, said so at the trial itself. Max said after the verdict was read that he is confident that justice will eventually be served and he will be free. [...] Max intends to continue putting out music for his fans while the appeal process grinds along. Although shocked by the verdict, Max remained grateful.

Max B was later sentenced to 30 years in prison on September 4, 2009.[36] His mother, Sharon Wingate, and fellow rap artist French Montana said he plans to appeal his conviction. On March 19, 2010, Max B was granted an appeal with a new trial and lawyer.[37]

In February 2012, rumors spread that Max's request for an appeal had been denied, but it since has been cleared up as an internet/blog/twitter rumor.[38]

On August 30, 2012, Max's appeal was denied and he is set to remain in prison to finish his 30 year incarceration.[39] Max continues to seek a higher appeal, . Rapper Jay-Z recently shouted out Max B in support in his Rick Ross and Dr. Dre collaboration "3 Kings."[40] He will be eligible for parole .[6] According to the New Jersey Prison lookup, he is set for parole in 2042.

Personal life

Max B is from 140th street in Harlem, NY.

Popular Culture

Max B has released many DVDs known as The Wave, Return of the Wave, Charge it to the Wave., and many others.

Max B is cited as bringing popularity to the use of the term "Wavy." He goes by many aliases, one being Wavy Crockett.

Curren$y, a rapper from New Orleans, constantly references Max B and the Wave. He has done a song called "Living the Life" with Max B, while both were signed to Amalgam Digital. Curren$y shows respect by rapping over Max B and Dame Grease beats. He makes references to Max B in many songs, "One for da wave", "New Jet City", "Living for the City", "These Bitches (feat French Montana)". amongst other references throughout interviews.

Detroit rapper, Danny Brown and group TRPL BLK has a song called "Max B," released October 15, 2013.

Rapper Jay-Z recently shouted out Max B in support in his Rick Ross and Dr. Dre collaboration "3 Kings."[40]

The French rapper Joke called a song "Max B" on his album "Tokyo", with the participation of Max B in the outro.[41]

Max B was referenced by Royce Da 5'9 on the song "Slaughterhouse" on Joe Buddens album 'Half Way House." [42]




Guest appearances


  1. Reid, Shaheem; Rodriguez, Jayson; Dukes, Rahman (June 9, 2009). "Former Dipset Affiliate Max B Found Guilty Of Manslaughter". MTV.
  2. "This Forgotten Day In Hip-Hop: Max B Gets Sentenced To 75 Years". Complex. 2015-06-10. Retrieved 2015-08-16.
  3. Crates, Jake (August 30, 2012). "Max B Prison Sentence Upheld; Parole Set for 2042". AllHipHop.
  5. Benson, Chris; Porter, D. (July 2009). "Wipeout: The Fall of Max B". cool'eh.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2
  8. "Max B Interview (OnSMASH Exclusive)". OnSMASH.
  9. Reid, Shaheem (2006-07-17). "Fire Starters". Mixtape Monday. MTV News. Retrieved 2009-09-03.
  10. Reid, Shaheem. (2007-06-12) Jim Jones Associate Stack Bundles Killed – Music, Celebrity, Artist News. MTV. Retrieved on 2012-01-06.
  11. Cooper, Matthew. (2009-02-04) Max B: The Wavy Harlem Renaissance | Rappers Talk Hip Hop Beef & Old School Hip Hop. HipHop DX. Retrieved on 2012-01-06.
  13. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named ComplexMaxB
  14. 14.0 14.1 "Cocaine City 8: Tru-Life Interview Part 1". Cocaine City. June 11, 2007. Retrieved August 15, 2015.
    "Cocaine City 8: Tru-Life Interview Part 2". Cocaine City. June 11, 2007. Retrieved August 15, 2015.
  15. 15.0 15.1 "French Montana & Max B Clown On Hell Rell For Getting Shot In The Ass!". November 25, 2008. Retrieved August 11, 2015.
    "French Montana & Max B clowning on Hell Rell". June 20, 2010. Retrieved August 11, 2015.
  16. 16.0 16.1 "Hell Rell Denies Rumors Of Him Getting Shot In The A$$ & Disses French Montana!..." December 8, 2008. Retrieved August 11, 2015.
  17. "French Montana & Max B - Coke Wave". February 6, 2009.
  18. "Max B Jokin On Hell Rell!..." March 4, 2009. Retrieved August 11, 2015.
  19. "Hell Rell Is Still Dipset: "I Heard Max B & French Montana Getting Married"..." ihiphop. December 4, 2008. Retrieved August 27, 2015.
  20. "Max B Explains The Brawl He Had With Jim Jones & Damage Done To His Car! Theres No Beef With Juelz Santana". MaziO. September 25, 2008. Retrieved August 12, 2015.
  21. "Max B & Jim Jones Got Into A Scuffle: Max B Tellin Jim Jones To Get His Bentley Fixed & How He Punched Jim?!". MaziO. September 22, 2008. Retrieved August 12, 2015.
  22. "Max B & French Montana Pay A Visit To Jim Jones!..." Cocaine City. December 15, 2008. Retrieved August 11, 2015.
    "Max B & French Montana Pay A Visit To Jim Jones". Cocaine City. December 15, 2008. Retrieved August 11, 2015.
  23. "Max B vs ByrdGang Brawl In A Club". Corner The Market. January 2, 2009. Retrieved August 11, 2015.
    "Max B vs ByrdGang Brawl In A Club [2nd Angle Version]". Da Product. April 8, 2009. Retrieved August 11, 2015.
    "Unseen Max B Brawl In Club - DaProductDVD". Da Product. January 31, 2014. Retrieved September 5, 2015.
  24. "French Montana - The Laundry Man". February 24, 2009.
  25. 25.0 25.1 "Exclusive: Max B Co-Signs French Montana and Ponders Diddy's NYC Domination". November 8, 2012. Retrieved August 14, 2015.
  26. 26.0 26.1 "French Montana Interview With The Breakfast Club! Talks Coming Up After Being Blackballed In NY [...] and More". The Breakfast Club on Power 105.1. May 22, 2013. Retrieved August 14, 2015.
  27. 27.0 27.1 "French Montana Discusses Being Black Balled, Bad Boy, Music & More". DJ Whoo Kid. January 4, 2012. Retrieved August 14, 2015.
  28. 28.0 28.1 "Max B & French Montana Dissing Jim Jones! Jim Is Black Balling YouTube, WorldStar, Labels". September 25, 2012. Retrieved August 14, 2015.
  29. "French Montana & Max B's - Coke Wave [Full 79 Min DVD Stream]". Cocaine City. February 11, 2009. Retrieved August 14, 2015.
    "Coke Wave DVD". Cocaine Ciy. October 12, 2014. Retrieved September 6, 2015.
  30. "Coke Wave 2 DVD". Cocaine City. October 12, 2014. Retrieved September 6, 2015.
  32. Faraone, Chris (2008-08-13). "Max B earns an A for arrogance". The Boston Herald. Retrieved 2009-09-03.
  33. Cooper, Matthew (2009-02-04). "Max B: The Wavy Harlem Renaissance". HipHopDX. Retrieved 2009-09-03.
  34. Phillips, Rashad. (2009-01-16) Bronx Woman Confesses In Alleged Max B. Robbery | Get The Latest Hip Hop News, Rap News & Hip Hop Album Sales. HipHop DX. Retrieved on 2012-01-06.
  35. "Max-B Found Guilty on 9 out of 11 Counts in Murder Trial (Facing up to 20 Years in Prison)". 2009-06-09. Retrieved 2012-01-06.
  36. Jacobs, Allen (2009-09-03). "Max B Sentenced To 40 Years In Prison". HipHopDX. Retrieved 2009-09-03.
  37. Markos, Kibret (2009-09-03). "Rapper gets 75 years for fatal Fort Lee hotel robbery". The Record. Retrieved 2009-09-04.
  38. "Max B Says "Dont Believe Internet Rumors"". Itsbizkit.
  39. Bark, Theo (August 31, 2012). "Max B Appeal Denied: N.J. Court Upholds 75-Year Prison Sentence for Murder, Robbery". The Boombox.
  40. 40.0 40.1 Lewis, Brittany (September 26, 2012). "FREE MAX B! Max B Starts "Pardon The Wave" Petition & Big Ups Jay-Z For "3 Kings" Shout Out". Global Grind.
  43. Reid, Shaheem (2007-08-06). "Jay-Z Teams With Eminem, Young Jeezy; Trina Won't Dis 50 Cent; Everybody's Poppin' On Wu-Tang Clan LP". Mixtape Monday. MTV News. Retrieved 2009-09-03.(Public Domain: The Prequel reviewed.)
  44. Lee, Frazia (2008-07-16). "Max B: Public Domain 3: Domain Pain". Metro Spirit.
  45. "DJ Whoo Kid & Gain Greene present Max B: Public Domain 3 (Domain Pain)". XXL. 2008-08-01.
  46. Benz, C.; Ripperveli, R. (January 2009). "Surf's up!". cool'eh.
  47. Reid, Shaheem (2008-12-08). "T.I. Isn't Taking Young Buck From G-Unit ... Yet; Bun B Wants To Battle Snoop Dogg". Mixtape Monday. MTV News. Retrieved 2009-09-03.(Coke Wave reviewed.)
  48. Ketchum, William E. III (2009-03-21). up-july/p.all "Mixtape Wrapup (February/March)" Check |url= value (help). HipHopDX. Retrieved 2009-09-03. (Quarantine reviewed.)
  49. "Big Mike & Max B Present Public Domain 6: Walking The Plank". XXL. 2009-07-16.
  50. Ketchum, William E. III (2009-08-03). "Mixtape Wrapup (July)". HipHopDX. Retrieved 2009-08-16.(pd6 reviewed.)
  51. Life, Lavish. (2010-04-01) max b and mak mustard : dopeman (Public Domain 6.5) – Retrieved on 2012-01-06.

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