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September 24, 2008 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | September 24, 2008 |

Biggie. Biggie Smalls. Big Poppa. Frank White. The Notorious B.I.G. Christopher Wallace had more nicknames than Puff Daddy. And his music was sexist. And violent. But it was catchy, so he gets a free pass (kind of). Actually, Biggie was immensely talented, a hip-hop poet, who led an amazingly fascinating life and channeled his difficulties into music. He basically made Puff Daddy. And he was a huge figure in the East Coast / West Coast feud, which ultimately cost him his life.

It’s a pretty compelling life story, and excellent fodder for a movie, if it’s done right. It’s hard to know what to make of it from the teaser trailer below, though it’s cool to hear the music again. Notorious also has a decent cast: Angela Basset as Biggie’s mom, Derek Luke as Puff Daddy, and Anthony Mackie as Tupac. Biggie is played by a relative unknown, Wayne Barrow, and he at least looks the part. The choice of director, George Tilman Jr. (Men of Honor, Soul Food) doesn’t exactly inspire confidence, but I’m going to give it the benefit of the doubt. For now.

Check out the teaser:

I Like It When You Call Me Big Poppa

No. Really. Call Me Big Poppa / Dustin Rowles

Industry | September 24, 2008 |

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