The Notorious B.I.G., the rapper whose deep-bellied delivery thrust hip hop forward and earned him designation as one of rap’s all-time greats, has proven a fount of fascination since his shock murder at age 24.
Now Brooklyn’s favorite son is the subject of an intimate documentary entitled “Biggie: I Got a Story to Tell” that draws upon candid interviews with his closest family members and friends, set for release on March 1 via Netflix.
The feature-length look into the astronomic ascent and heartbreaking death of the artist born Christopher Wallace comes nearly a quarter-century after he was gunned down in a drive-by shooting as he visited Los Angeles on March 9, 1997, having released just one studio album — “Ready To Die” — in his lifetime.
Its sequel, “Life After Death,” came out 16 days after the rapper’s slaying.
The estate-approved film, co-produced by his mother, traces Biggie’s brief but explosive life: a Catholic schoolboy raised by a Jamaican immigrant in Brooklyn’s Clinton Hill neighborhood, who went from king of the corner selling crack to overnight rap sensation with indelible influence.
It renders a sympathetic portrait of a man who desired the trappings of fame and success but also security for his family, an artist’s artist whose creative energies made him the pride of his city.
“He had a life that had such a profound effect,” said music mogul and documentary co-producer Sean Combs, who then went by Puff Daddy and now is known as P. Diddy.
“It really gave birth to the future of hip hop.”
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