A few days ago the trailer for the new documentary about the life of Biggie Smalls, also known as The Notorious BIG, was released, the Brooklyn rapper who took the music world by storm in 1994. It is worth mentioning that in a short time it became one one of the most influential MCs in hip hop and a benchmark of this genre.
Since his death in March 1997, several movies and documentaries have been made about the life of the rapper whose real name was Christopher Wallace. However, this time will include never-before-seen images, courtesy of Damion « D-Roc » Butler, one of his childhood friends. In addition, the documentary will include interviews with family and close friends, which will bring a new perspective on Biggie’s beginnings, career and legacy in the world of Hip Hop.
For those of you who don’t remember Notorious B.I.G, he was the rapper who, with Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs and Bad Boy Entertainment, gave New York City hip hop a boost in the 90s.
His musical career began formally with the release of his first album Ready to Die (1994), including hits like « Juicy, » « Big Poppa, » « One More Chance. » Thanks to this, Notorious B.I.G would reach number 13 on the Billboard 200.
Despite the success achieved with his music, the history of Notorious B.I.G will always be tied to the dispute between the west coast (Death Row Records) and the east coast (Bad Boy Entertainment). This unfortunately ended the lives of its most representative members, Tupac Shakur (September 13, 1996) and Notorious B.I.G (March 9, 1997).
After his death and just two weeks after his murder, Notorious B.I.G would release his double album, Life After Death. This second studio album, recorded between September 1995 and January 1997, includes collaborations with: 112, Jay-Z, Lil ’Kim, Mase, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Too $ hort, Angela Winbush, D.M.C. by Run-D.M.C., R. Kelly, The Lox, Puff Daddy and from which hits like « Hypnotize » and « Mo Money Mo Problems » are released. Despite his death, Biggie released three more albums, Born Again (1999), Duets: The Final Chapter (2005), and The King & I, with his wife Faith Evans (2017). All with low commercial success compared to the first two.
The musical legacy of the Notorious B.I.G
In terms of his legacy, Biggie has sold over 21 million records, in addition to placing his first two productions on the list of the 500 best albums of all time according to Rolling Stone magazine. Over the years, publications like Rolling Stone, Billboard and The Source have listed him as the « greatest rapper of all time. » In 2020, Biggie was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, highlighting his legacy as one of the greatest MCs in history.
About the documentary
Biggie’s documentary was directed by Emmett Malloy, who despite his experience, did not simply emphasize that the project had taken a long time (four years to be exact). During those years they had to immerse themselves in the Brooklyn of the 70s, 80s and 90s, to produce this documentary, according to what he commented with Rolling Stone. Despite the years it took to produce, the film will finally make its Netflix debut on March 1, just eight days before the 24th anniversary of the death of Notorious B.I.G. Also, and unsurprisingly, the head of Bad Boy Entertainment and Biggie’s old friend, Sean Combs will executive produce the documentary.
Original title: I Got a Story to Tell
Director: Emmett malloy
Release date:March 01, 2021 (MX)
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