Max B has been locked up since 2009, serving a 75-year prison sentence after a conviction on manslaughter, aggravated assault, robbery, kidnapping, possession of a weapon and conspiracy charges, but he still gets plenty of love from fellow rappers.
The latest to pay homage? Ab-Soul.
Soulo teamed with Statik Selektah to release “To The Max,” a bit of a dedication to the incarcerated Harlem native. The track was reportedly supposed to be included on the TDE rapper’s recent These Days album, but it didn’t make the cut when a sample couldn’t get cleared.
Following some typically tight rhymes for the first two minutes and change, Ab-Soul breaks into a repetitive chant: “Where’s Max B when you need him? Where’s Max B when you need him?”
And just like that, Max appears — though maybe not in the way Soul longs for in his rhymes. Instead, there’s a phone call from the 36-year-old as the song comes to a close.
These Days is available now, while Statik’s new album What Goes Around drops on August 19.