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Big Mike & Max B: Quarantine

I have to applaud artists like Max B, Stat Quo and Charles Hamilton for attacking this mixtape game with a passion that hasn’t been seen since that carpenter that got lashed 40 times and then had to carry those two big pieces of wood that he was eventually nailed to was breathing.

Now my previous beef with Max was his singing and mumbling on records. Dude is singing his heart out on these hooks trying to emulate the success of Ja Rule or Bone Thugs (when 50 started singing hooks his career went downhill). But on joints like “Oww Oww Oww” it’s obvious that his style is his Achilles heel. Bad singing on the hook and mumbling on his verse. The few times I could understand his words like on “PD5” his rhymes “cross my path, bitch/he had me confused/I put him down in the casket – drastic/measures I be takin’ when you bitches put my back against the wall/fuckers be tryin’ to blackball/got a fat drawer with nothing but cash in it/stash crack in it/thought I lost but I’m back in it/heavy in the streets shit/still on my 1 and 2/I’m ‘bout to punish you/better put on your runnin’ shoes/ow!” just didn’t do it for me.

He also went on to confuse me with “West Coast Freestyle.” The beat didn’t necessarily have that West Coast funk and he didn’t mention any left side landmarks. Now “Cocktail Party” had that West Side G’d up vibe that a dude could groove to. But while his singing is mediocre when it’s on, when it’s not it’s just horrible. On “Gimme Slaws” he sounded like he was submitting a track to Britney Spears. It was killing me like a real Britney Spears track.

If Max is seriously banking his whole rapping career on singing out of tune, he’s got his work cut out for him. He had his moments when he was amusing or funny, but you’ll be hard-pressed to find an audience that’ll take his music seriously enough to put “Ballin’” money in his pockets. When he does actually rap he sometimes sounds like he’s mumbling, and that’s not the best way to hook hip-hop fans either. The mixtape wasn’t a complete weed plate, it had some listenable joints, but not enough to convince me that this dude can contribute timeless music to the game.-The Infamous O

Hottest Joint: “Take The Game”

Weakest Joint: “Gimme Slaws”

  • kelito-vision

    O,

    i know this may soud lame but could u explain to me when was 50 singing singing on hooks? i’ve heard harmonizing on tracks but what tracks was 50 singing on?

  • O

    Aside from most of “The Massacre” a bunch of mixtape joints. I love 50 when he’s rapping, but “singing” or “harmonizing” just isn’t hit chamber.

  • kelito-vision

    the Massacre was still hot though and u can’t say Ghetto Superstar or I Be Pimpin weren’t dope records…this is why i say Biggie unfortunately was “lucky” he died before Life After Death came out…cause all people would have done was complain about how it wasn’t as dope as Ready to Die…but to the point of this article….Max B is just Nate Dogg with a backstory…we know he wrote Ballin for Jim and did a bunch of hooks for the Dipset but he’ll never make it as a solo artist

  • casey

    I’m not a big Max B fan, but you clearly just don’t “get” his music

    • row b

      This is the reason why max b hasn’t reached the amount of popularity and success he really should get, people don’t “get” his music. people just expect he is a typical rapper and judge him based on that, when that is not the case, I think you have to really understand max as a person to understand his music, he is a musical artist, not a rapper, he makes “music” which may include rapping and singing, you have to pay attention to the harmony in his songs, and his word play and ability to flow with the beat whether it be rapping or singing is unlike anything anyone has heard, max is the truth, the greatest ever, he is a musical genious, he signed a deal with jim jones 1 week after being released from prison, got arrested again for conspiracy and bail was set at 1.5mil, which jim jones payed for in return for max’s publishing rights, the following 3 years max made 100′s of songs on mixtapes receiving no profit, whithout ever coming out with an album, later sentenced to 75 years, max is a fuckin legend, just nobody knows it yet.

      • http://twitter.com/trapstar280 Nas

        Yeah Max B Is Fuckin Lyrical He Took Over The Entire Tri-State Area And Destroyed Byrdgang After He Departed, He Is A Legend And Will Always Be One Of My Favs Im Not On His Dick But I Could Relate To All His Tracks And He Always Made Perfect Sense IDK What XXL Is Talking About But Im In These NY Streets And Max Had That Shit On Lock From His Music To His Swag

  • dark vanilla

    50 sang on half the Massacre. Not to mention Window Shopper and Best Friend (ugh, worst 50 joint of all time)By the way, that mixtape cover has gotta be one of the wackest covers I’ve seen in awhile.

  • O

    Casey, you right, i just don’t “get” Max’s music. I try to and at times it’s amusing, but he doesn’t do it for me. I’m old school. I like MC’s who rap and singers who harmonize. I root for Max cause I think he got a raw deal with Ballin’ and Jim Jones, but I don’t see him blowing with this material.

  • Eman

    Ive been waiting for this mixtape to download but im not expecting much Im a big Max b fan but he drops like 2 mixtapes a week it seems and more then half the songs kinda suck but if you took all the dope songs off his mixtapes you would have a classic.

  • http://www.uptownempire.com Trouble

    I thought there were a few wavy songs on the mixtape, but its not his best work.

    The hooks he lays down on this tape are really good tho, even on the lame beats he manages to come up with great hooks. And theres a lot of features on the album, and they are HORRIBLE !!!

  • Doelow

    i dont know where you been but the way max b is in the streets i think he will be able to make big money….plus you people are failing to realize he has his own style so comparing it to somebody else a make you not like max b……but you have to understand that he is one of the only people in the game rite now thats not scared to be himself and that there does it for me,,,,,the mixtape is great