The life and death story of The Notorious B.I.G. aka Christopher Wallace releases January 16th. Biggie smalls came straight out of Brooklyn who was a drug dealer turn rapper. Biggie drew on his experiences in his rapping. To many, Big Poppa is considered a powerful figure in the hip-hop world, his release “Life After Death” was a top seller and is considered one of the most influential hip-hop records of the modern era. Notorious is expected to examine his troubled life, his music, and his impact.
Starring Brooklyn rapper Gravy aka Jamal Woolard playing Biggie, Derek Luke as P. Diddy, Angela Bassett as Voletta Wallace, and Anthony Mackie as Tupac it’s definitely worth checking out.
Like Biggie, Woolard was a drug dealer before he became a rapper. He had released a number of albums on indie labels in the 1990s before being signed by Warner Bros, but is known for carrying on with an interview after being shot before a radio appearance outside New York hip-hop station Hot 97 a couple years ago.
Voletta Wallace says “Jamal’s charming personality, warm spirit, wonderful sense of humor and beautiful smile” as reasons for the casting. “He is a talented and charismatic actor, and I am excited that he will bring Christopher’s character to life,” she said.