Artist: Max B, French Montana and Dame Grease
Representing: New York City
Independent Album: Coke Wave
411: If you've been paying attention, you know all three of these guys. Dame Grease has made some legendary tracks for a slew of guys, including [artist id="1325"]DMX[/artist] and the Ruff Ryders, and some recent bangers, like DJ Drama and company's "Taking Pictures." The Mixtape Monday chain gang has known Frenchie since he was going by Young French (thanks for the introduction to Papoose all those years ago). He's had a recurring role in these parts with his "Cocaine City" DVD series. No telling what gems you'll find there, like [artist id="1236911"]Beyoncé[/artist] mimicking [artist id="1269"]Jay-Z[/artist]. And Max B? His intoxicated, melodic flow (singing or rapping) has a lot of the fans and media types saying he has the talent to be a star.
Unfortunately, Max and [artist id="1796387"]Jim Jones[/artist] — whose label he's signed to — have had a well-documented falling-out. So as far as an official album goes, who knows? Max has been dropping a bunch of mixtapes to stay relevant, though. A bunch of fans even reached out to us, asking when he was going to be on Mixtape Monday. Well, he's here.
"This sh-- is so crazy for me. It's like I got an album out, and I ain't got no album out," boasted Max, a.k.a. Biggaveli, a.k.a. Wavy Crockett.
"It's all gonna work out," Wavy added of his debut LP's impending release. "It's gonna unfold. Be patient. Y'all gonna see a Max B album."
G-Unit's [artist id="1689514"]Tony Yayo[/artist] told us recently that he would like to see Max come to the G-Unit and would even consider working some business out.
"That would have to be on Jim," Yayo said of a possible buyout. "I would love for the opportunity [to sign Max]. I would love to be a businessman just like [artist id="860639"]Fif[/artist]. I learned so much. So learning the business from Fif, me and Jim can come to the table. If he wanted to let him go, I would want to work something out."
"Anything is possible," Max said. "Y'all know my situation. It would be nice to get that worldwide buzz. Ain't nothing like a machine behind you."
Max's next mixtape is called Vigilante Season: PD4 Prequel. The seeds for the Coke Wave were planted months ago when Max and French met through mutual friends.
"That's my guy," French said. "We met through a few close friends, and everything was everything. Once I met him, he looked me in the eye and hasn't lied to me since. We kept it official, got with Grease. Grease has been doing it for a minute. He gave us that thang."
Dame worked in the executive producer/ project producer capacity.
"Grease has been a part of a lot of dynasties," B said. "Every movement he's a part of, for some strange reason. But he's always been the underdog. Once I break the chain, he's gonna get his due date again. Win another ring."
Coke Wave is just the start of the trio's interaction. "Max is hot in the street, I'm hot in the street, Grease is hot in the streets," French said. "We looked at it as if we came together, it would be a movement. While we got one thing out, Max is working on his project, I'm working on my project. We keep hitting them. We always got something for the people."
Joints To Check For
» "What Would You Do." "That was a joint I had in the stash," Biggaveli explained. "A little beat. French was like, 'Let's do it. Give it that street flavor.' I was like, 'Let's do it. Make it a wave.' He did a version, I did a version, we put it together. It's basically about how these n---as in the street be wolfin', calling me, beggin'. Sh-- just be crazy. [I] gotta just stay on the move, basically, keep the sh-- going. Keep a clear head in the game. Basic street tales, rider music, day-to-day sh-- you wake up and do. Average real n---as get up, smoke a cigarette, smoke a blunt, take a sh--, drink a swig from last night. Real grizzly things. That's what I'm talking about on that record."
» "Wave Gang." "Grease had [the song] in the stash," French said. "One day, we was listening to music, and I called Grease like, 'Oooh.' "
"I'mma keep it real, Max did some sh-- that was sounding crazy," Grease continued. "I switched the beat. I didn't wanna throw [the rhymes] away on a freestyle beat. These mixtapes are better than a lot of people's albums. When I heard it, I flipped the beat, and when Max came back, he was like, 'Nah, that ain't the joint.' Then he listened and was like, 'OK, hold on.' The song is like a description of us right here in the 'hood not reaching to be something else. This is what we do. Black Nike boots, hoodies. Everything we do is a Northeast type of thing. Bringing the feeling back."
» "The Business." "That was something Max had," French said. "We was going through joints that came on. I had to strong-arm my way onto that song. He already had the hook and the 16. I just jumped on it. That's just like a coming-up record. Watch your business."
Don't Sleep: Other Notable Selections This Week
» Harlem Cash - On My Way to HARLEMwood
» "Cocaine City Vol. 12" DVD
» DJ Dyce, DJ Cannon Banyon and OJ Da Juiceman - I Got the Juice
» Superstar Jay and Tha Riot Squad - Riot or Diet 4 (Ramadan Season)
» Z-Ro , Scarface and Webbie - Power Kings of the Streets
Judah, M.A.F. and Kanye West - 501's & Drumbreaks (The Remixes)
» [artist id="1189492"]The Clipse[/artist] - Road to Till the Casket Drops
» EPMD - We Mean Business
» Charles Hamilton - The Pink Lava Lamp
» Gucci Mane - Well Damn
» Gillie Da Kid - I Am Philly
» DJ Racks and DJ Rah2K - Hands Off My Voice Box
» Demevolist Music Group - Ayo! These N---az Went Hollywood
'Hood's Heavy Rotation: Bubbling Below The Radar
» [artist id="7590"]Jamie Foxx[/artist] (featuring [artist id="1230523"]Kanye West[/artist]) - "Digital Girl"
» [artist id="2000082"]Rick Ross[/artist] - "Just Know Dat" freestyle
» Memphis Bleek - "Keep Backing Me Down"
» [artist id="961097"]Ludacris[/artist] (featuring Asher Roth and [artist id="854"]Mary J. Blige[/artist]) - "Runaway Love" remix
» Clinton Sparks (featuring the Clipse and [artist id="1242768"]Pharrell Williams[/artist]) - "Still Got It for Cheap"
The Streets Is Talking: News & Notes From The Underground
The King of the South is stacking the deck. Rumor has it, [artist id="1225081"]T.I.[/artist] is interested in bringing his good friend [artist id="1214257"]Young Buck[/artist] to the Grand Hustle fold.
"Buck is a personal partner of mine," Tip said. "We've spoken, about a month or two ago, but we didn't iron out no particulars. I would definitely be willing to speak to Buck about that, but I haven't."
50 Cent told us any offers to sign Buck would have to go through him.
"I don't know that situation," Tip said of Buck's status with the G-Unit. "That's why I would have to speak to Buck first. I haven't even begun to deliberate. I haven't even started the conversation with, 'What would it take to get you over here.' That's just the conversation that's been floating around the rumor mill. When I spoke to him, it was more, 'Hey, how you doing?' speaking as partners. We didn't speak professionally. Just him making sure I was all right. Him asking me how I'm feeling, me asking the same of him.
"Killer Mike, on the other hand, I have been speaking to about connecting and moving forward professionally together," he said. "Mike is an outstanding lyricist and phenomenal talent and very intelligent individual. We get along very well. Always have. It's a real organic fit."
Another paring that's natural to Tip is him and DJ Drama. Mr. Thanksgiving has been lobbying to get the Rubber Band Man to make more mixtapes with the PSC.
"Yeah, you know, we working on it," Tip said. "Drama is trying to get me outta mixtape retirement right now. Who knows?" ...
If you wanna get in the ring with Bun B, you better hit as hard as Mike Tyson at a 21-year-old. The Underground King wants to knock your head off — in the friendliest way, that is.
"I'm a worthy adversary," Bun said of outshining his collaborators over the years. "A lot of times, people don't really have a reason to do songs with people. With me, you wanna know where you stand against me. I've proven myself time and time again with the best ever. If you're one of these cats that consider yourself in the rankings, I'm basically your sparring partner. Once you decide you wanna make a move in the top 10, I'm the dude you have to spar with just to get considered."
Bun's toughest partner outside of Pimp C? T.I.
"Tip and I had a real tough go," he said. "We did a couple songs. 'The Reaction' remix — we went in on that. There were a couple of more songs where we went at it, and after, we were like, 'We'll just keep it casual.' You know who else? [artist id="1163822"]Jadakiss[/artist]. Every now and then, me and 'Kiss end up on these various remixes, and he knows and I know we're on these songs.
"There's people on my side that say, 'You and 'Kiss, y'all have to do something, because y'all be going at it,'" Bun added. " 'Kiss is my dude. We talk a lot about doing something together. We just gotta do that defining song, where it's just me and him. I'd love to go in with 'Kiss. Me and Raekwon been talking about doing something together. [artist id="1133"]Snoop[/artist] — you can't really spar on a song with Snoop. You have to do a whole mixtape, because dude is not running out of rhymes no time soon. And you gonna see a lot of me and Royce [Da 5'9"] in the near future. I like how youngster gets down. We just put something together for his new joint. I really wanna rock with this kid, because I know he's got it in him. We gotta get that one where we getting it. That's somebody I wanna go a couple of rounds with." ...
"Right now, it's all about back-to-them-grind days," Trae Tha Truth said. "In Houston, we was real major on that independent scene. We're back to watching how these majors struggle."
In front of Houston hot spot Breakers, Trae was with a gang of his homies watching hand-to-hand combat — combat against the recession. The local mixtape courier was selling mixtapes as the cars pulled up. The item of choice was, of course, Trae's Streets Advocate.
"It's a takeover, homie," Trae said.
"With us, it's the streets, man. Everybody do what they do on a regular basis," he said about the demographic he was trying to attract.
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