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 grievances, Max B parted ways with Jones in 2008. The two became embroiled in a bitter feud which pitted Jones and his associates on one side, and Max B and his affiliates on the other. He is best known for his solo Public Domain and Million Dollar Baby series of mixtapes, and popularizing the term "wavy" as a slang in popular lexicon. Max B is closely associated with producer Dame Grease, and fellow rapper French Montana where the two also collaborated on the Coke Wave mixtape series. In late 2009, he was sentenced to 75-years in prison on conspiracy charges pertaining to armed robbery, kidnapping, aggravated assault and felony murder. He made his mixtape debut in 2006. Albeit in prison since 2010, he had secured a deal with Amalgam Digital to publish his debut album Vigilante Season which was released in 2011.
Life and career
Max B was incarcerated on robbery charges between 1997 to 2005, beginning when he was just 19 years old.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"), and Tupac Shakur ("Makaveli").
After finishing his sentence, Max B was introduced to Jim Jones through his childhood friend and rapper Cam'ron.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. Fellow ByrdGang member Stack Bundles was killed in 2007. 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 inspired a rap group from the south called "Trapp Wavve" from Texas which includes rappers Gamba Stone, Wavvy Mandela, Sour Diesel and several others.
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.
Max B signed a deal with Boston-based Amalgam Digital in 2008 but he's no longer signed with the label. In 2011, he released his debut album, Vigilante Season.In 2012, he collaborated with Isaiah Toothtaker on Toothy Wavy, which was entirely produced by The Hood Internet.
Felony murder charges
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.
Conviction and appeal
Born May 21, 1978 (age 37)
Harlem, New York, United States
Criminal charge murder conspiracy and robbery
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.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 75 years in prison on September 4, 2009. 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.
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.
On August 30, 2012, Max's appeal was denied and he is set to remain in prison to finish his 75-year incarceration.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." He will be eligible for parole in 2042.