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Like countless other rappers before him, the legend of Max B has grown exponentially since he was sentenced to 75 years in prison in 2005 on murder conspiracy and armed robbery. In the years since, forums have obsessed over minuscule details of Charlie Wingate’s career and while petering out, the “wavy” phenomenon still has some stamina. The whole legal situation is really unfortunate, and while I clearly don’t know the first thing about it, I feel for all of the parties involved. With the whole introspective, post-808s and Heartbreaks taking over hip hop with Drake as patron saint, Max B comes to mind a lot. While often drunk and silly (as opposed to talking about being drunk), he was years ahead of his time with regards to introspection and self-awareness. “Keep Your Head Up” is a an unreleased Cool and Dre produced track circa 2005 and is especially apt considering Charlie’s dire situation. The beat is pretty similar to Jay Rock’s “All My Life” (which Cool and Dre also produced) and is quintessentially mid-aughts for better or worse. Not Mr. Wingate’s best work, but boy does it feel good to hear that voice again. It’s been too long.