Max B
Yep, I’m Back

max-b2.jpgHaving spent the last 10 months behind bars, Dipset Byrdgang member Max B is anxious to make up for lost time. Born Charles Wingate, Max made a name for himself through his catchy, rhythmic hooks on both of Jim Jones’ albums—2005’s Harlem: Diary of a Summer and 2006’s Hustler’s P.O.M.E. (Product of My Environment). Max’s promising career hit a major roadblock last September when he was arrested in Bergen County, NJ for allegedly masterminding the botched robbery and murder of 29-year-old David Taylor from Florida. Although not believed to be the actual shooter or present during the incident, police accuse the Harlem native of having his girlfriend and another women pose as prostitutes to lure Taylor and an acquaintance to a Holiday Inn hotel room where they were to be robbed. Things went awry and Taylor wound up shot to death. Bail was rumored to be set as high as $2 million and Max is looking at a life sentence if found guilty of felony murder, robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery. Fortunately, Jim Jones came through with the $100,000 bail and Max was released from New Jersey’s Bergen County Jail on July 10. Still awaiting a firm trial date, the 28-year-old rapper is using his time home to finish up his debut album, Reaping the Benefits. Two days after becoming a free man, Max B spoke with XXLMag.com about his trying prison sentence, new LP and relationship with Jim Jones.

Last September you were accused of masterminding a murder in New Jersey. Is there anything you can say regarding the case?
Case is still pending. Can’t talk about that, baby. You already know that.

You were facing life in prison with a early reports saying you had a $2 million bail over your head. Did you think you’d ever see the outside world again?
It looked bleak all the way to the end. I was supposed to get out on Monday [July 9] and they did some bullshit. The county went crazy. They had my people running around going crazy. [We] thought they had a vendetta against me. They acted like they ain’t want me to leave the spot. It was looking bleak [but] I made it to the end of tunnel. I’m feeling good, baby.

That must have been the most frustrating time in your life, right?
Hell yeah I was frustrated. I was locked in 21 hours a day. At the end of the day, I had to pray [and] get my mind right. Everything happens for a reason. My name got caught up in some shit [that] had nothing to do with me. But unfortunately, bad things happen when you surround yourself around the wrong type of people.

Are you still associated with some of those wrong people?
No, no, no… this is the new Bigavelli. The new Max B. I’m out taking care of this business and doing the damn thing. I’m around lawyers and corporate people now.

Were you upset Jim Jones didn’t bail you out sooner?
Jim came through. My family came through. My new manager came through. Everything worked out. Everybody came through; it was just a long process. But I’m back [and] it’s all love. We back family again. The Silver Surfer is back. The wave is mine.

During your incarceration, OnSmash.com showed DVD footage of you in a car with another individual who was degrading Jim Jones and The Diplomats. Was there ever any friction between you and Jim because of that?
I ain’t have nothing to do with that. I ain’t say nothing on that shit. That’s some shit that came out without my permission. [I] ain’t put that shit out. I ain’t put no stamp on that shit. Me and Jim ain’t got no problems. I’m letting the world know right now. Me and Jim do not have no problems. That’s my big brother. We about to get this money and get rich. I never shitted on Jim. You never heard nothing come out my mouth about that boy. That’s my nigga, B. You already know.

What the most valuable lesson you learned while serving your time?
One thing I learned is that everything [that] happens is predestined. God got it set up. I don’t control nothing, man. The man upstairs controls everything. I put God in my life. I pray a lot now [and] shit started happening for me, baby. Like I said, I learned to surround myself around the right type of people. If you around a bunch of niggas that ain’t about nothin’, that’s standing on the corner smoking sour [diesel] all day and you got a talent and you not utilizing it, you gon’ get caught up in the bullshit. I’m ’bout to really utilize the gift God gave me and make it happen. I’m ’bout to really go hard with this rap shit.

Did it ever sink in that your opportunity for stardom was nearly lost?
Hell yeah, it almost got took. They still trying to take it, but they ain’t gon’ do that. They tried to take it. God gave me another chance, dawg. I’m at three balls and two strikes. Bases are loaded. I gotta hit this homerun. The team needs me.

Were you separated from other inmates during your time?
I don’t PC [protective custody] it up. You can ask niggas about me. When I was in the three building [on Rikers Island] I was running through blowing sour [diesel] and making moves. I had the C.O. bitches bringing me booze and all that. I was doing my shit. I’ma street nigga to the end, but it’s time to make the transition.

Did you experience any jealously on the inside?
Niggas gon’ hate on me anyway. Yeah, I heard [there] was a lot of hate, like, “Why Jim ain’t getting you out?” I went through that shit my whole time. But I didn’t get caught up. That was the first couple months I was caught up in that shit. I don’t care about the hate. I ignore the hate. Hate me or love me, I don’t give a damn.

What was the first thing you did when you came home?
I held my baby boy and I was with the family for a lil’ minute. I went to work that night and I put it in. You already know I did about four joints that night, fresh out the can. Like I said, I wasn’t going hard, I wasn’t even taking my career serious before. Now I’m about to go take this serious.

So what steps are you taking now to further your career?
I got a single coming up, “Why You Do That.” I’m about to put some shit out. The album coming out in October, Reaping the Benefits. I’m about to do a mixtape, Out On Bail With a Story to Tell. We about to do another M.O.B. [Members of Byrdgang] mixtape—rest in peace to Stack Bundles.

Stack was murdered a few weeks before you were released and you weren’t able to make his funeral. How did you react when you heard of his passing?
That kid was a gift, man. We get caught up in this shit, man. It’s fucked up we had to lose one of the young brothers. That’s a sensitive topic with me. That was my boy. Like I said, rest in peace to Stack Bundles, God bless. I’ma keep his name alive as long as I’m on this Earth; as long as I’m riding this Byrdgang wave.

  • these posts are racist

    Dipset! Big ups to Max Beezy.

  • Ziggy

    the nigga shoulda made the best of his time in the joint…look at zeeky…nigga went in some fat nigga and came out lookin like fitty..max b should just ate and worked the fuck out and got huge instead of drinkin while he locked up…i mean like 10 months is plenty of time to gain some weight and get big…

  • fireforreal

    Why the fuck does XXL waiste so much time on garbage ass dipset ? every single one of those guys sucks monkey nuts. What ever happened to Camron dropping his album in July ? That faggot is scared of 50 or he realize niggas ain’t feelin him anymore.

  • http://www.myspace.com/libskrib Adlib311

    Yeah, know you realize that you a grown ass man and that you shouldent be involved in petty ass shit especially when you were just handed a record deal, alot of money and also some hand me down fame. Yeah fam. You really smart, you should have thought about that shit BEFORE the jail Bid.

  • D.Dollar$

    Welcome Home MAX B. Hold it down son MOB MUTHAFUCKA!

  • Joe From The UK

    Hopefully he does what he says…that would make him a ‘real dude’…
    RIP STack Bundles

  • Skeezo

    has xxl officially turned into don diva or murder dog?

  • http://JonJontheSON.com JonJon the SON

    much respect to peeps doin their time with pride and comin out a better man…do you Max B.

  • r067953

    Yo, what does he mean when he said he was blowing sour? Max B is another reject who has no skills

  • brebre

    MAX B, U BACK? U WAS NEVER HERE. U WAS NEVER SOMEBODY. WTF.

    I LIKE DIPSET MUSIC AND THEIR CORE MEMBERS BUT ALL THESE SIDEKICKS ARE STRAIGHT UP GARBAGE. REAL TALK.

  • http://www.webcrawler.com what it do

    Damn thats real talk. Shout out to Max B.

  • brebre

    GO TO ALLHIPHOP.COM BOARD. (OR WAS IT SOHH.COM) THERE IS A PHOTO OF SOME DUDE HOLDING HIS HANDS AROUND MAX B’S WAIST. HOMO THUGZ. DISGUSTING. LOL

  • Rodjilius

    yea max boy he finally back i hope hes back for good cuz he makes good music good lyrics and good hooks period

  • brasco

    Fuck outta here. “Everything is predestined. God set it all up.” You set yourself up nigga!! Then when the hit record comes out (although I doubt it) it’ll be “I did that baby! I set it up!! I’m that nigga!!” You taking up much needed air brotha!!

  • http://DDupointdos.state.fl.us Ghost of 2Pac

    That’s a fake ass Nigga right there!! Bring him booze and all that. Once you lock up! I mean really lock up!! You can’t do shit in there! Come on! Real niggas recognize real nigga! Just like PimpC said” It’s nothing but like a cartoon”. So..if yall going to interview these artist. Don’t print no stupid shit!! And every nigga always said” I put God in my life. I pray a lot now”. Shit you should’ve had him in the first place!! So…to all yall niggas out there don’t be frontin’! Keep the shit real!! Fake ass niggas!

  • http://DDupointdos.state.fl.us Ghost of 2Pac

    Mannn! Where my post I sent to yall down there!

  • www.myspace.com/djlionrock1

    i met maxxy backstage in baltimore.we violently made love for about 2hours.he a hermafrodit

  • http://dahshyt.blogspot.com Belize

    Ya Know…I didnt like his flow at first but he grew on me (nhoc)..I guess good artists do that

    Welcome back Home Max..keep ur head up and ur nose clean

  • redd

    Who the fuck is max b? I highly doubt he was on rikers island blowin diesal! First he said some shit like “they actin like the don’t want me to leave” then he has c.os bringin him sour gtfoh lyin ass bitchset homos.

  • Rizzop2003

    “thats my brother”……Then why homie was shitting on Jim in the youtube video while he was just sitting in front of him quiet as fuck???? He just lost one. You’d think he’d have something to say if someone was shittin on his “brother”

  • Freddy(Vega$)

    How old is this gressy nigga??? man DipSet are a bunch of clowns if you ask me, Santana, Jimmy and Duke get cake but thats it, all these other phonies just get free smoke and booty and think they got it made….HA! Step it up nigga. ur album wont sell 5000 copies unless u buy em all!!!

  • Holla

    Max actuall has good hooks – he made that jimmy album dope. I aint tryin to hear him rap, but his hooks are catchy.

  • http://www.myspace.com/alejandroz2892 lil RaZcal

    yop

  • mr.undisputed the mogul

    THESE PUNKS ARE AS FAKE AS A $4 BILL, I READ INTERVIEWS WERE HE COULD’NT UNDERSTAND WHY JIM HAD’NT GOTTEN HIM OUT YET,NOW ALL IS WELL OF COURSE HE’S OUT & HE’S SIGNED WITH JIM SO OF COURSE, HE’S TRYING TO EARN SOME $$$ BEFORE HE GOES BACK IN,”BITCHSET” FANS DON’T EVEN SEE HOW DIVIDED THEIR TEAM IS OUTSIDE OF BEING ON CAM’RUN’S “KISS” TO JAY-Z, HOW COME HE’S NEVER MENTIONED HIS RELATIONSHIP WITH CAM & HIM GETTING HIM OUT?? JIM IS BALLIN’ SO HARD IT TOOK 10 MONTHS TO GET THIS PUNK OUT, FAMILY MY ASS, MEMPHIS BLEEK WOULD’VE BEEN OUT ON BAIL 1ST THING THAT MORNING!!!! REAL TALK!

  • Deuces

    Man Max b aint all that man instead of making posts about him how bout make one up with the ppl whos actually doin somethin but his hooks are catchy IE:you gotta love it _Deuces

  • Ziggy

    IF THEY GON DO AN INTERVIEW I THINK THEY SHOULD DO ONE BOUT SEAN KINGSTON…HE YOUNG AND HE MAKE GOOD MUSIC. THAT SONG WITH HIM AND THAT CLYDE NIGGA AND SEAN SING THE HOOK . THAT SONG PRETTY HOT BUT ONLY CAUSE KINGSTON IS ON THA HOOK.. DO INTERVIEWS ON NIGGAS THAT MAKIN IT NOT BOUT TO MAKE IT

  • http://xxlmag.com doctor69

    HI EVERYBODY THE 1# HATER OF XXL IS HERE COME ON YOU KNOW I HAD TO.
    DIPSET IS SO MEAN.
    A FEW YEARS AGO I WANTED TO JOIN DIPSET.
    SO CAM’RON JIM JONES AND HELL RELL WERE THE AUDITION JUDGES.
    SO THEY ASKED ME WHAT TALENT DID I HAVE.
    AND I SHOWED THEM HOW I COULD SUCK A FINE DICK WITH A RUBER DILDO,THEN CAM’RON JIM AND HELL RELL GOT UP OUT OF THIER CHAIRS BEAT THE LIVING SHIT OUT OF ME AND DUMPED ME IN A DUMPSTER OUTSIDE IN PUBLIC WHERE EVERYONE SAW IT I WAS NEVER SO HUMILATED IN MY LIFE THATS WHY I HATE DIPSET SO MUCH.but any men want to hook up with me vist my myspace page.tata you sexy boys!soho stand up holla at your gaylord!

    http://www.myspace.com/doctor69gyn

  • http://www.myspace.com/ozrap Oz – www.myspace.com/ozrap

    U Shouldnt Come Back Man

    U Look Gay

  • Danny

    Freddy(Vega$) Says:

    July 25th, 2007 at 2:08 pm
    How old is this gressy nigga??? man DipSet are a bunch of clowns if you ask me, Santana, Jimmy and Duke get cake but thats it, all these other phonies just get free smoke and booty and think they got it made….HA! Step it up nigga. ur album wont sell 5000 copies unless u buy em all!!!

    ^^^
    So Cam doesn’t make money?

    lol Cam owns Dipset! It is his lable, meaning all those dudes that you see making money are signed to him, therefore, what ever they make he sees profit from!

    Oh and welcome Max B!!

  • http://www.rich-arte.blogspot.com Rich Arte

    Max a silly dude, cool hooks.
    check out my outdated blog at

    http://www.rich-arte.blogspot.com

    and leave a comment

  • YyyIt’sAC

    Max B got talent I’m glad he out and now focused to make some good music…Singer/Rapper is still rare aint it??

  • Ryan

    Gay. Gayer. Gayest. The only Dipset member with any kind of actual skills is Hell Rell. I love it when people go to jail and “find god” or whatever too, it’s hilarious.

  • A FUCKIN GENIUS

    I’m glad my nigga MAX B. is home. The rest of the DIps are suspect. MAX is the most consistent Byrdgang member that includes the dips to Without MAX on the hooks I wouldn’t even listen to half of this shit. Can’t wait for all his shit to come out FUCK YOU HATERS the nigha MAX B is nice.

    R.I.P to Stack Bundles

  • Freddy(Vega$)

    Danny that is true Cam does own DipSet but aint it sad no of his croonies even talk about that nigga, why?? cause they ride wit Jimmy cause hes the real boss over there. Real Talk!! I also heard that Cam is bi… oops

  • Verbatim

    Ziggy is a homo

  • Hova

    damn what a bunch of haters dipset fell off long time ago but max B got shit on lock fuck jim jones welcome home Bigavel

  • Austrian_Casanova

    Man Max B should and is so damn thankful to the man Jim Jones. And Capo was forced to pay him the bond cos they fans didnt like to see Jimmy Max B rott in a cell. and Jimmy leaves it like that. What i watched was Jimmy didnt give a fuck bout Max in da beginning. Word up…now i think Max have to pay Capo his 100.000 $ back and get busy in da cut…

  • brackus

    I dont know about this guy Max B. He’s kinda of corny.

  • Swizzy

    BRRRUUUPPP BYRDGANG!!!!! DIS NIGGA GON START UP SOME TROUBLE NIGGA HE HOTTEST NIGGA WORD IS BOND NO ONE FUCKIN WIT MAX B… unless they on cassidy level YA DIG

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    MAX U ALREADY KNOW HOMIE….R.I.P. STACK BUNDLES…..2OH7……..

  • http://www.myspace.com/mc585 M.C

    Like some nigga up there said–

    Your mofo’z down there at XXL need to do better interviews, i think he suggested Sean Kingston–Do that—-Go do interviews with up coming niggaz that deserve a chance—Nigga Max Is corn Ballz son—

  • Mrs.Jonez’s

    STOP HATIN ON DIPSET THEY ARE IMPORTANT MORE IMPORTANT THAT YA MOMS AND YA BABY MOM’S!! SO ERRBODY NEEDS TO STOP HATIN YA DIG?!!!!!!! I AM SO SICK OF THAT SHIT!! IF PEOPLE REALLY DO LISTEN TO HIM ON JIM JONES AND CAM’S ALBUMS YOU WILL SEE THAT HE ISN’T TRASH. BUT OH WELL HATER’S WILL BE HATER’S!!!

  • the girl

    I think dipset has come a long way and forget all the negativity max b. Keep your head clear and stay getting your grind on all of yall R.I.P. Stack Bundles

  • http://WWW.DESHAUNMICHAELS.COMWWW.MYSPACE.COM/DESHAUNMICHAELS DESHAU NMICHAELS

    YEAH,

    MAX B. DOES HAVE SOME CATCHY HOOKS.HOPES HE DOES SOMETHING WITH HIS LIFE

  • http://xxlmag.com DARK

    fuck max bitch aka prison bitch fuck the gayset and all fake bloods and crips in nyc.

  • E$

    if jim his brother, why let dude talk about the fam’ like that??