Album: Public Domain 2: Rise Of The Silver Surfer
Producer: Street Scott

Aside from the obvious traits that made Max's music sound so refreshing (no pun intended), there were subtle aspects to The Wave's musical impact. Although his producers often used classic soul samples, he was drawn to a more modern production style that gave his work a more universal appeal. This is never more evident than on "Drop That Top," where an R&B sample is compressed into a thin ribbon over heavier drums, and accompanied by louder vocals. The overall mix seems dilapidated—a perfect match for post-commercial peak New York City, as if the economic largess of the early 2000s major-label scene had crumbled and Max was the unlikely survivor riding a drop through the rubble. "Drop That Top" is extroverted and open, the closest he ever had to a car stereo-friendly summerjam, an unlikely pop song packed with memorable lines: "The hood love me, they give it up/Do it for the kids, I'm an ex-con but they look up to me like I'm biz." —David Drake