The Wavy One Returns
On Jan. 31, 2018, French Montana posted a picture on Instagram of his friend and fellow rapper, Max B, with a caption that reads, “Wavyyyy in the joint!!! Can’t wait till u get home this year 🙏 #wavycrocket.” French’s post seems to confirm the early release of Max B — born Charles Wingate — who was originally sentenced to 75 years in prison back in 2009.
The sentence was based on charges from 2006 that included aggravated assault, armed robbery, and felony murder. These charges were apparently due to Max B’s involvement in a robbery-turned-homicide that occurred in Fort Lee, New Jersey. Max B, his stepbrother Kelvin Leerdam, and his on-and-off girlfriend, Gina Conway allegedly plotted to rob two men from out-of-town who had been flashing big money around NYC. In a plea deal, Conway testified against Max B and his stepbrother.
Max B’s Incarceration
At the time of his incarceration, Max B had been establishing a sizable following in the Northeast underground hip-hop scene. Max had a connection in the industry through his affiliation with The Diplomats (a.k.a. Dipset), as he was a childhood friend of Cam’ron. Cam introduced Max B to Jim Jones, who eventually formed the label-slash-group ByrdGang in 2006.
Although he was arrested in the same year, he was released 10 months later on bail, partially paid for by selling his publishing rights to Jim Jones. This proved to be one of the many grievances Max had with Jones, who he cut ties with in 2008. Max B distanced himself from Dipset and started his own label collective, Gain Green. He also started associating himself with French Montana, who visited him in prison and helped him release music even after his incarceration.
Max B was able to release his 2011 debut album, Vigilante Season, by securing a deal with Amalgam Digital while he was incarcerated. In true hustler spirit, Max B also managed to launch his own “Wavemoji” app while still in prison.
Max’s Early Release
In September 2016, news spread that Max B was able to take a plea bargain for aggravated manslaughter, allowing him to be released in two to six years, rather than serve the rest of his 75 year sentence. French Montana posted a video of himself sharing the news and his excitement to see his homie again, followed by a screenshot of the text messages informing him of the update. Watch the video above.
Max B himself released a statement to the public following the news back in 2016. After thanking the legal systems and teams that facilitated his release, he went on to state the following:
“I wanna thank The Breakfast Club, Charlamagne Tha God, DJ Envy, and Angela Yee. I wanna give a special thanks to my friend and partner Frank Babar and Phase One Network, William Cosgrove, Corey Whitaker, and The Playbook Agency. Without the support of the Phase One team, I wouldn’t have made it this far. I want to thank my boy Masar, Alpac, and my brother from another mother, French Montana aka Mac with the Cheese—I love you bro! Wave Gods till we die!!! To all my fans that been holding it down for me all these years, still banging my music and still keeping it wavy. I love you all and Stay Wavy. Last, but certainly not least, my lovely and wonderful mother Mamaveli, I love you!”
Hopefully everything goes smoothly for Biggavelli and his return to the rap game. Let us know how you feel about his release below, and don’t forget to SHARE this article!