Album: Coke Wave
Producer: J. Cardim
Whatever his success as a solo artist the past few years, French Montana's true calling in life will always be playing the Muttley to Max B's Dick Dastardly. Whether it was the music they recorded together or their 'hood DVD interviews, clowning Hell Rell and Jim Jones & his wife Chrissy Lampkin, or the official releases like this one, a reasonable case could be made that they were the best duo New York has had to offer since EPMD—even though their time together can be counted in months rather than years.
Helmed by producer Dame Grease and DJ Whoo Kid, "Stake Sauce," the opening track from the classic Coke Wave mixtape, remains a highlight of Max and French's brief dalliance as their city's most brazen heels. Over a chipmunked-up sample of Marlena Shaw's "Woman Of The Ghetto," the two provided an anthemic statement of intent, which climaxed with French's explanation of the title: "We got the streets, stake sauce/We on top of beef, a whole lotta heat!" —Marty Macready