Max B

Max B
Max B

Max B in 2008
Background information
Birth name Charly Wingate
Also known as Max B
Born May 21, 1978 (1978-05-21) (age 33)
Origin Harlem, New York City, New York, United States
Genres Hip hop
Occupations Rapper
Years active 2005–present
Labels ByrdGang Records (2006-2008)
Amalgam Digital (2008-2009)
Associated acts French Montana
Dame Grease
Mak Mustard
Website Official website

Charly Wingate (born May 21, 1978), better known as Max B, is an American rapper and songwriter from Harlem and is known for his original rap style of mumbled delivery, catchy sing-song choruses & hooks, and his energetic personality in interviews and videos.

In 2009, Max B began serving a 75-year prison sentence for charges of armed robbery, kidnapping and murder.



He was incarcerated on robbery charges from 1997 to 2005,[1] He had come up with a second alias Biggaveli or Biggaveli denoting his belief that he is an amalgam of rappers: The Notorious B.I.G. ("Biggie Smalls") and Tupac Shakur ("Makaveli").[2]

His manager Mike Bruno, whose name denotes his belief that he is an amalgamation of boxers: Mike Tyson ("Mike") and Frank Bruno ("Bruno"), passed a demo along to Diplomats member (Lun Records)Jim Jones in 2005, and Max B came to prominence through his affiliation with the Harlem collective The Diplomats, and with rappers Jim Jones and Cam'Ron in particular. In 2006 Jones formed the collective ByrdGang with Max B and Platinum-P as starring members.[3] Fellow ByrdGang-member Stack Bundles was killed in 2007.[4] 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."[5]

Having gained release from his contract, he signed a three-album deal with Boston label Amalgam Digital in 2008.[6][7] Preparations were underway for a debut album to be entitled Vigilante Season when in 2009 Max B was found guilty of involvement in a robbery which left a man dead.

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, Max's crew 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 alerted the hotel front desk of the murder. When police entered the room, Plowden was caught trying to take $30,000 out of the room. Plowden was charged with money laundering and identity theft. A week later the duo Conway, Leerdam and coordinator Max B were apprehended and charged with the robbery.

On January 9, 2007 Max B was remanded to Bergen County Jail in New Jersey on a $2 million bail.[8] Conway testified against Max B and Leerdam, in exchange for a 18 years sentence on armed robbery and manslaughter. Leerdam received a life term plus 35 years.

Conviction and Appeal

Charlie Wingate
Born Harlem, New York, United States
Conviction(s) Robbery (1997); Felony murder, kidnapping, armed robbery (September 3, 2009)
Penalty 8 years in prison (1997-2005); 75 years in prison (2009-present)
Status Incarcerated at New Jersey State Prison
Occupation Rapper

By June 6, 2009, he had been found guilty on 9 of 11 counts in the ongoing trial.[9] 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 plus OYG 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,” he stated. “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.[10] His mother, Sharon Wingate,and fellow rap artist said he plans to appeal his conviction. On March 19, 2010, Max B was granted an appeal with a new trial and lawyer.[11]


Studio albums

  • March 21, 2011: Vigilante Season US #200


  • Public Domain: Million Dollar Baby Radio (2006)
  • Million Dollar Baby (2006)
  • M.O.B.: Members Of Byrdgang (2006)
  • Public Domain: The Prequel (2007)[12]
  • Members Of Byrdgang 2 (2007)
  • Million Dollar Baby 2 (2008)
  • Public Domain 2: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2008)
  • Wavie Crockett: Return Of The Wave (2008)
  • Public Domain 3: Domain Pain (2008)[13][14]
  • Max Payne (2008)
  • Domain Diego[15] (2008)
  • Million Dollar Baby 2.5: Da Appetizer (2008)
  • Coke Wave (2008)[16]
  • Goon Music 1.5: The Doomship (2008)
  • Goon Music 2.Owww (2009)
  • Quarantine (2009)[17]
  • Public Domain 6: Walking the Plank (2009)[18][19]
  • Coke Wave 2 (2009)
  • Wave Gang 4 (2010)
  • Dopeman:Public Domain 6.5 (2010)[20]
  • Picture Me Rollin' (2010)
  • Amalgam Series Vol. 1: A Wave Called Yes (2010)
  • Free Max B (The Best of Max Biggavelli) (2010)[21]

Other appearances

  • Song "We Roll", with Jim Jones, Pete Rock on NY's Finest (2008)


  1. ^ Benson, Chris; Porter, D. (July 2009). "Wipeout: The Fall of Max B". cool'eh. 
  2. ^ "Max B Interview (OnSMASH Exclusive)". 
  3. ^ Reid, Shaheem (2006-07-17). "Fire Starters". Mixtape Monday (MTV News). Retrieved 2009-09-03. 
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  6. ^ Faraone, Chris (2008-08-13). "Max B earns an A for arrogance". The Boston Herald. Retrieved 2009-09-03. 
  7. ^ Cooper, Matthew (2009-02-04). "Max B: The Wavy Harlem Renaissance". HipHopDX. Retrieved 2009-09-03. 
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  10. ^ Jacobs, Allen (2009-09-03). "Max B Sentenced To 40 Years In Prison". HipHopDX. Retrieved 2009-09-03. 
  11. ^ Markos, Kibret (2009-09-03). "Rapper gets 75 years for fatal Fort Lee hotel robbery". The Record. Retrieved 2009-09-04. 
  12. ^ Reid, Shaheem (2007-08-06). "Jay-Z Teams With Eminem, Young Jeezy; Trina Won't Dis 50 Cent; Everybody's Poppin' On Wu-Tang Clan LP". Mixtape Monday. MTV News. Retrieved 2009-09-03. (Public Domain: The Prequel reviewed.)
  13. ^ Lee, Frazia (2008-07-16). "Max B: Public Domain 3: Domain Pain". Metro Spirit. 
  14. ^ "DJ Whoo Kid & Gain Greene present Max B: Public Domain 3 (Domain Pain)". XXL. 2008-08-01. 
  15. ^ Benz, C.; Ripperveli, R. (January 2009). "Surf's up!". cool'eh. 
  16. ^ Reid, Shaheem (2008-12-08). "T.I. Isn't Taking Young Buck From G-Unit ... Yet; Bun B Wants To Battle Snoop Dogg". Mixtape Monday. MTV News. Retrieved 2009-09-03. (Coke Wave reviewed.)
  17. ^ Ketchum, William E. III (2009-03-21). "Mixtape Wrapup (February/March)". HipHopDX. Retrieved 2009-09-03.  (Quarantine reviewed.)
  18. ^ "Big Mike & Max B Present Public Domain 6: Walking The Plank". XXL. 2009-07-16. 
  19. ^ Ketchum, William E. III (2009-08-03). "Mixtape Wrapup (July)". HipHopDX. Retrieved 2009-08-16. (pd6 reviewed.)
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