Masar presents: Max B “Hook King” Vol. 1 – Hook King is an overwhelming collection of every Chorus Max ever did, with over 100 tracks from the period between being bailed out and going to trial. The levels are remarkably consistent.
There are a lot of great mixtapes from this period after Jones bailed him out – pretty much all of them, really. I found it hard to whittle down the idea of the best Max tapes simply because there are so many, and I think there’s an amazing consistency between them, but here’s a vague top five:
Million Dollar Baby 2: The first true tape after the arrest (and, indeed, without Jones); a real statement of intent. “Sexy Love” has the most out of tune hook and lazy flow out of possibly all Max B tracks, Max singing from the girl’s perspective on the first half of the hook and basically making no sense. That’s quite indicative of the tape.
Domain Diego: Recorded in California over two days, there’s a real sun-kissed feel to this one. This was the first place I heard the “Blow Me A Dub” remix too, and I think I rewound that about 20 times that day – “Contemplating about my trip to the Bahamas/as I skip through the condo in my Calvin Klein pyjamas” about sums it up.
Coke Wave: This is more of a split tape between Max B & French Montana but it’s great. “Stake Sause” opens the tape and it’s probably my favourite Max B track ever, to be honest. Just such a hard beat, great hook too. Not really the biggest fan of French but Max brought out the best in him.
Quarantine: A lot of this tape finds Max on some G-Funk wave and it suits him well. There’s also a cover of Britney Spears’s “Gimme More” on it, which is far better than you’d ever imagine it could be to be, honest. You may want to skip past the Mak Mustard features but I don’t. “PD5” is incredible.
Vigilante Season: This one isn’t free or on Datpiff. Max’s only album, you really do need it, if only because you get “Porno Muzik” and without Big Mike screaming all over it. Such a great beat.