Former Dipset affiliate Max B will have to serve out the next 30 years in prison before he is eligible for parole in 2042.
The Harlem rapper, real name Charly Wingate, has been in a New Jersey State Prison cell since 2009 after he was convicted on nine out of 11 counts of murder, robbery and conspiracy charges, stemming from a botched robbery in 2006 that resulted in the murder of David Taylor. Max with his former girlfriend, Gina Conway, and stepbrother, Kelvin Leerdam, had plotted to rob Taylor and his associate Allan “Jay” Plowden at a Holiday Inn.
Max was sentenced to 75 years, but had hoped that a successful appeal would have him free by the end of 2011. He revealed in an interview back in April 2011, “You might see me in the summer. You might see me at the end of the year. I’m just waiting on the appellate courts, all my paperwork is done.”
The rapper used the moniker Biggaveli; a combination of Notorious B.I.G’s “Biggie”, Jay-Z’s “Jigga” and Tupac’s “Makaveli.” Believing he was a combination of the three great artists, Max B rose to popularity after appearing on many Dipset albums and penning the chorus to Jim Jones’ top 10 hit “We Fly High” in 2006.
He later had a falling out with the Dipset capo and began to align himself with the recent XXL 2012 Freshman, French Montana. The duo released a slew of successful mixtapes under the Coke Wave imprint until Max was sentenced. —Nicholas Sella