Happy Birthday, Max B!
It's been six years since Max B got locked up, and the #FreeMaxB chants haven't stopped on social media. That's an indication of the influence Biggavelli has on the people. The rapper born Charly Wingate turns 37 today (May 21).
The name Biggavelli is a portmanteau of Biggie's flow, 2Pac's passion and Jay Z's lyricism. It's a bit of an hyperbole, but at least Max B is deserving of it. Soon after his actions led him to prison on robbery charges from 1997 to 2005, Max B quickly made himself known for his excellent sense of melody and ear for hooks. His projects were oddly mastered, but that homemade aesthetic somehow made it seem like his work spoke directly to the streets. Max B's work ethic was also prolific; he recorded well over a dozen mixtapes in his short career.
Conflict ended up playing a big role in Max B's life. One of his most notable beefs was with the Diplomats' Jim Jones; Max claimed he wasn't getting the money he was owed after doing shows and writing songs. The rhymer also continuous succumbed to his own vices.
"Late night, booze, drunk binges, car crashes," Max B said in an interview with Complex. "You name it, I was involved. All out on bail -- you know how many times I got arrested? I got arrested like five times, on five weed violations and DUIs -- out on bail."
Max B didn't get a chance to get himself straight. In 2009, he was found guilty of murder conspiracy and robbery charges for allegedly sending his ex-girlfriend and stepbrother to rob two men -- one was killed execution style. It was a dubious trial in the eyes of many, but hip-hop lost an artist with huge potential when Max got sentenced to 75 years in prison.
All is not lost, though. In 2014, his former label, Amalgam Digital, sold part of his catalog to amass funds to give Max B a proper legal defense and create a strategy that could possibly get him free. Hopefully, the Wave returns.
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