A Proper Max B Studio Album
75 years is a long time for anyone but if you’re Max B, it could equal an eternity. The former Byrd Gang affiliate is currently serving that much time behind bars for conspiracy to armed robbery, kidnapping, aggravated assault, and murder. Which leaves us wondering about the follow-up to his 2011 debut album Vigilante Season, which he recorded and finished in 2008 after leaving Byrd Gang Records. With his falling out with the label’s founder and president, Jim Jones, in the past, efforts should have been made to properly get back in the studio to deliver a second helping of what we love about Biggavelli.
A second album could’ve been the breakthrough the Max B needed to firmly establish his foothold in the rap world. Seeing the recognition by Curren$y, Danny Brown, Roc Marciano and most notably, Jay Z and French Montana, these features could’ve been a worthwhile addition to the offering. “When I came home you couldn’t tell me I’d be back in prison. I had it all figured out. I didn’t, but I thought I did. And bad things just happened, man,” Max B told Complex in a rare prison interview in July. “Sometimes you can’t foresee what’s gonna unfold, sometimes things just unfold in a way that’s uncontrollable... and next thing you know, you’re in a situation that you can’t get yourself out of.” 2013 should have been another year for the wavy Harlem native, who co-wrote Jones’ biggest hit, “We Fly High (Ballin’), to continue releasing his own music beyond the occasional guest appearance and mixtape (Return of the Wave). Thank goodness for mixtapes. Free Max B!