A documentary on the life and career of The Notorious B.I.G. is officially out on Netflix now. “Biggie: I Got a Story to Tell” is executive produced by the late legend’s mother Voletta Wallace and his friend-collaborator Diddy, both contributing candid interviews to the film.
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The late New York legend Christopher Wallace, better known as ‘Biggie Smalls’ or ‘The Notorious B. I. G.’. He was known for his distinctive laidback lyrical delivery, offsetting the lyrics’ often grim content. His music was often semi-autobiographical, telling of hardship and criminality, but also of debauchery and celebration. Biggie was only 24 years old when he was gunned down in Los Angeles in early 1997 on the night of that year’s Soul Train Awards. And the circumstances of his death have long haunted the story of his life.
The documentary asserts Biggie as an intersection where several disparate paths meet and then sets off to see where a few of them lead. At the cost of skipping memorable performances — like the day in 1995 when Wallace performed “Juicy” and “Big Poppa” on MTV’s spring break edition of The Grind wearing a Coogi sweater in the Lake Havasu, Arizona, heat. The unforgettable Bad Boy showcase at that year’s Source Awards, a contentious night in the east-west rap spat. But also one where B.I.G. cleaned up, taking home trophies for New Artist, Lyricist, Live Performer, and Album of the Year. I Got a Story to Tell visualizes the making of the artist more than the unmaking.
Biggie: I Got a Story to Tell is streaming on Netflix right now & check the trailer video below.