The Notorious B.I.G’s life and death will be explored in a powerful new film that has been given the coveted green light from his own mother.
The hip-hop icon, whose real name was Christopher Wallace, was shot dead at the age of 24 in March 1997 and is hailed as a trailblazer and hip-hop icon.
The lyrical genius became famous alongside his best friend Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs in the early 1990s – way back when he was known as Puff Daddy – and was signed to Diddy’s label Bad Boy Records.
Biggie’s documentary has been reportedly given the blessing from his mother Voletta Wallace, who is fiercely and understandably protective over her son’s legacy.
She is reportedly working with filmmaking brothers Emmett and Brendan Malloy, who aim to shed light on the Hypnotize hitmaker’s music, life and tragic death.
“It brings so much joy to my heart that my son Christopher’s music has made such an impact on the music community and his stories have positively inspired so many young men and women over the years, and still influencing the youth all over the world today,” Wallace told Variety.
While Emmett said: “The challenge of making a film about one of the most influential artists of my generation is what I live for as a filmmaker.”
To this day, Biggie’s murder remains unsolved but has repeatedly been subject to much speculation, and with some linking it to the fatal shooting of rival hip-hop star Tupac Shakur, who died the previous year in 1996.
On this day in 1997, 2Pac won the award for Favorite Rap/Hip Hop Artist at the American Music Awards. The release of All Eyez on Me in February '96 helped to solidify his nomination. "Giving me charges, lawyers making a grip. I told the judge I was raised wrong, so that’s why I blaze shit." – All Eyez On Me
Just a matter of months before he was killed in a Las Vegas drive-by shooting, Tupac released his hit track, Hit ‘Em Up, where he took lyrical shots at Biggie.