Harlem rapper Max B opens up about his past beef with fellow New York rapper Jim Jones: “It should’ve went a different way.”
Jones and Max were originally very close before the two departed from their friendship. Max B played a major part in helping Jones form his ByrdGang collective. Still, Max B ended up leaving the group, previously explaining that he took issue with ByrdGang’s “collective’s seniority system as well as Jones money management.”
“It was just egos clashing, a lack of respect, a lack of everything. That shit don’t mix well. It should’ve went a different way. I think today; we would’ve handled the situation different. But, we was young. We was all crazy. Now we’re here; we’re older. We got kids,” said B, during an interview from prison.
Max B had previously spoken on the two’s beef back in a 2013 Complex Media interview. “They was under this impression—I think they all adopted this from Cam’ron—they were all into this impression that the new guys must pay the dues, and they don’t deserve this, and when they go out on a show they only get $300,” Max said.
“I’m like, ‘What the fuck, are you fucking kidding me?’ I’m like, ‘Number one: I do all the fucking records around here. Number two: all the records we producing in the studio—these are fucking singles you puttin’ out, radio spins! Where’s my shit? Why when I go perform at a show, and you making excess amount of dollars, you making ten, fifteen grand, how the fuck is you giving me $300? I’m doing eight, nine fucking records! I’m out here sweatin’ too! When you got drama and beef in different cities, and motherfuckers is throwing chairs on the stage—they throwin’ them shits at me too! I want money.’ This is what all the beef start stemmin’ from. I always needed money. I’m like, ‘I need money. I can’t live off $300. Naw, man, you gotta pay me accordingly. Or let me make my own money. Let me get my own manager, or assistant. Let me book my own shit.'”
Luckily, the two have since resolved their issues, just in time, as Max may be released from prison possibly within the next year.