Every legend has an origin story. Christopher Wallace, AKA The Notorious B.I.G., remains one of Hip-Hop’s icons, renowned for his distinctive flow and autobiographical lyrics. This documentary celebrates his life via rare behind-the-scenes footage and the testimonies of his closest friends and family.
There’s never been a more accurate stage name than Notorious B.I.G. That’s because the late rapper’s legacy still looms large over the hip hop industry even decades after his death.
Biggie’s gift for lyrical storytelling made him a tentpole talent right from the start, with his singles like “Juicy,” “Big Poppa,” and “One More Chance” all racing up the charts. At just 24 years old, Biggie Smalls was on top of the world, with a Grammy nomination, critical acclaim, and legions of fans across the globe. However, Christopher Wallace soon became known for more than just his music — he was also enmeshed in the bitter rivalry between East Coast and West Coast hip hop artists like Tupac Shakur. In fact, a few months after Tupac was killed in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas, Wallace was also gunned down in a car while visiting Los Angeles in 1997.
Just two weeks after his tragic death, however, Biggie continued to be a dominating force in the industry when his second album Life After Death was released and earned platinum certification. The album and its lead singles “Hypnotize” and “Mo Money Mo Problems” earned him posthumous Grammy nominations, and Life After Death cemented Notorious B.I.G.’s status as an all-time great of the genre.
To this day, Biggie’s music continues to entertain and inspire, but for even the most dedicated fans of Wallace’s work, there is still so much to learn about his early life and career. An upcoming documentary sheds new light on his legacy through rare behind-the-scenes footage and testimonials that you won’t want to miss. Here’s what you need to know before you watch Biggie: I Got a Story to Tell.
Before he was B.I.G. | 1:34
Making the movie | 3:10
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Featuring rare footage and in-depth interviews, this documentary celebrates the life of The Notorious B.I.G. on his journey from hustler to rap king.