Max B

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Max B
Birth name Charly Wingate[1]
Also known as Biggaveli, The Silver Surfer, Wavie Crockett, Boss Don
Born (1978-05-21) May 21, 1978 (age 37)[citation needed]
Origin Harlem, New York City, New York, United States[2]
Genres Hip hop
Occupation(s) Rapper, singer, songwriter
Years active 2005–present
Labels Amalgam Digital, Cocaine City Records, ByrdGang Records, PhaseOne
Associated acts Dame Grease, French Montana, The Hood Internet,[3] Isaiah Toothtaker,[3] Jim Jones

Charly Wingate (born May 21, 1978), better known by his stage name Max B, is an American hip hop recording artist from Harlem, New York. In 2006, he signed a recording deal with fellow Harlem-based rapper Jim Jones' label/group ByrdGang. Following a streak of financial and ethical disputes, Max B parted ways with Jones in 2008. The two became embroiled in a bitter feud which pitted Jones and his affiliates on one side, and Max B and his affiliates, on the other. In late 2009, he was sentenced to 75-years in prison on conspiracy charges pertaining to armed robbery, kidnapping, aggravated assault and murder.[4] He made his mixtape debut in 2006, albeit in prison since 2010, he secured a deal with Amalgam Digital to release his debut album Vigilante Season in 2011.

Life and career[edit]

Max B was incarcerated on robbery charges between 1997 to 2005,[5] beginning when he was just 19 years old.[6] Following his release, he began his music career assuming the name Max B. The "B" being shorthand for Biggaveli, a portmanteau referencing The Notorious B.I.G. ("Biggie Smalls"), Jay-Z ("Jigga Man"),[7] and Tupac Shakur ("Makaveli").[8]

After finishing his sentence, Max B was introduced to 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."Max B Also Has a group inspired By the wave from the south coming out called Trapp Wavve from Texas With Gamba Stone, Wavvy Mandela,Sour Diesel Etc. [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]

Max B signed a deal with Boston-based Amalgam Digital in 2008[13] but he's no longer signed with the label.[14][15] In 2011, he released his debut album, Vigilante Season.[16] In 2012, he collaborated with Isaiah Toothtaker on Toothy Wavy,[17] which was entirely produced by The Hood Internet.[3]

Murder charges[edit]

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 coordinator 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.[18]

Conviction and appeal[edit]

Charly Wingate
Born (1978-05-21) May 21, 1978 (age 37)
Harlem, New York, United States
Nationality American
Occupation Rapper
Criminal charge murder conspiracy and robbery
Criminal penalty
  • 8 years in prison (1997–2005)
  • Currently incarcerated (2009-present)
Criminal status Incarcerated at New Jersey State Prison

By June 6, 2009, he had been found guilty on 9 of 11 counts in the ongoing trial.[19] On June 9, he was found guilty of murder conspiracy and robbery charges and faced up to 75 years.[20] He was to be sentenced in Bergen County on July 30.[citation needed]

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 75 years in prison on September 4, 2009.[21] 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.[22]

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.[23]

On August 30, 2012, Max's appeal was denied and he is set to remain in prison to finish his 75-year incarceration.[24] 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."[25] He will be eligible for parole.[6]




  • Public Domain: Million Dollar Baby Radio (2006)
  • Million Dollar Baby (2006)
  • Public Domain: The Prequel (2007)[26]
  • Million Dollar Baby 2 (2008)
  • Public Domain 2: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2008)
  • Million Dollar Baby 2.5: Da Appetizer (2008)
  • Public Domain 3: Domain Pain (2008)[27][28]
  • Wavie Crockett: Return of the Wave (2008)
  • Domain Diego (2008)
  • Goon Music 1.5: The Doomship (2008)
  • Coke Wave (2009) (with French Montana)[29]
  • Quarantine (2009)[30]
  • Goon Music 2: Owww (2009)
  • Public Domain 6: Walking the Plank (2009)[31][32]
  • Coke Wave 2 (2009) (with French Montana)
  • Million Dollar Baby 3 (2009)
  • Dopeman: Public Domain 6.5 (2010)[33]
  • A Wave Called Yes (2010)
  • Toothy Wavy (2012) (with Isaiah Toothtaker)[3]
  • Return of the Wave (2013)

Guest appearances[edit]


  1. ^ Reid, Shaheem; Rodriguez, Jayson; Dukes, Rahman (June 9, 2009). "Former Dipset Affiliate Max B Found Guilty Of Manslaughter". MTV. 
  2. ^ Paine, Jake (April 5, 2011). "Max B's Solo Debut Album "Vigilante Season" Will Have CD + T-Shirt Release". HipHopDX. Retrieved September 26, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c d Ellis, Matthew (May 15, 2012). "Max B & Isaiah Toothtaker 'Toothy Wavy' (Mishka Mixtape) Prod. By Hood Internet". Prefix. Retrieved May 28, 2015. 
  4. ^ 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 (14). 
  6. ^ a b c Cohen, Finn (July 19, 2013). "Lord Is Tryna Tell You Something: How Charly Wingate Became Max B". Complex. 
  7. ^ "Max B: The Wavy Harlem Renaissance". HipHopDX. February 3, 2009. 
  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.
  12. ^ Paine, Jake (July 20, 2013). "Max B Explains The Roots Of His Beef With Jim Jones & The Byrdgang". HipHopDX. 
  13. ^ Langhorne, Cyrus (July 2, 2008). "NEWS: Max B Signs W/ Amalgam Digital, Says Jim Jones’ Wife "Touched It In Miami"". 
  14. ^ Faraone, Chris (2008-08-13). "Max B earns an A for arrogance". The Boston Herald. Retrieved 2009-09-03. 
  15. ^ Cooper, Matthew (2009-02-04). "Max B: The Wavy Harlem Renaissance". HipHopDX. Retrieved 2009-09-03. 
  16. ^ Drake, David (April 25, 2011). "Max B: Vigilante Season". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved May 28, 2015. 
  17. ^ Woodbury, Jason P. (May 7, 2012). "Isaiah Toothtaker and Max B Show Off Toothy Wavy Videos". Phoenix New Times. Retrieved May 28, 2015. 
  18. ^ 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.
  19. ^ "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. 
  20. ^ "This Forgotten Day In Hip-Hop: Max B Gets Sentenced To 75 Years". Complex. 2015-06-10. Retrieved 2015-08-16. 
  21. ^ Jacobs, Allen (2009-09-03). "Max B Sentenced To 40 Years In Prison". HipHopDX. Retrieved 2009-09-03. 
  22. ^ Markos, Kibret (2009-09-03). "Rapper gets 75 years for fatal Fort Lee hotel robbery". The Record. Retrieved 2009-09-04. 
  23. ^ "Max B Says "Dont Believe Internet Rumors"". Itsbizkit. 
  24. ^ Bark, Theo (August 31, 2012). "Max B Appeal Denied: N.J. Court Upholds 75-Year Prison Sentence for Murder, Robbery". The Boombox. 
  25. ^ 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. 
  26. ^ 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.)
  27. ^ Lee, Frazia (2008-07-16). "Max B: Public Domain 3: Domain Pain". Metro Spirit 19 (51). 
  28. ^ "DJ Whoo Kid & Gain Greene present Max B: Public Domain 3 (Domain Pain)". XXL. 2008-08-01. 
  29. ^ 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.)
  30. ^ Ketchum, William E. III (2009-03-21). up-july/p.all "Mixtape Wrapup (February/March)" Check |url= scheme (help). HipHopDX. Retrieved 2009-09-03.  (Quarantine reviewed.)
  31. ^ "Big Mike & Max B Present Public Domain 6: Walking The Plank". XXL. 2009-07-16. 
  32. ^ Ketchum, William E. III (2009-08-03). "Mixtape Wrapup (July)". HipHopDX. Retrieved 2009-08-16. (pd6 reviewed.)
  33. ^ Life, Lavish. (2010-04-01) max b and mak mustard : dopeman (Public Domain 6.5) – Retrieved on 2012-01-06.

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