Biggie: I Got A Story to Tell is executive produced by the late legend’s mother Voletta Wallace and his friend and collaborator Diddy, both contributing candid interviews to the film.
The documentary features snapshots and archive footage of the highs and lows of Biggie’s unparalleled success. In the trailer, Diddy can be heard saying –
“Biggie blew up overnight,”
“You have no origins from what rap planet this guy came from.”
The lengthy official synopsis from Netflix reads –
“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.”
“In the wake of the Notorious B.I.G.’s landmark induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and ahead of what would have been his 50th birthday, Biggie: I Got A Story To Tell offers a fresh look at one of the greatest, most influential rappers of all time by those who knew him best. Made in collaboration with Biggie’s estate, I Got A Story To Tell is an intimate rendering of a man whose rapid ascent and tragic end has been at the center of rap lore for more than twenty years. Directed by Emmett Malloy, this intimate documentary features rare footage filmed by his best friend Damion “D-Roc” Butler and new interviews with his closest friends and family, revealing a side of Christopher Wallace that the world never knew. I Got A Story To Tell is executive produced by Sean Combs, Voletta Wallace, Mark Pitts, Stanley Buchthal, and Emmett and Brendan Malloy.”
Rooted in the New York rap scene and gangsta rap traditions, Biggie Smalls is considered one of the greatest rappers of all time. The rapper became known for his distinctive laidback lyrical delivery, offsetting the lyrics’ often grim content. His music was often semi-autobiographical, telling of hardship and criminality, but also of debauchery and celebration.
On March 8th 1997, an African-American man dressed in a blue suit and bow tie rolled down his window, drew a 9 mm blue-steel pistol, and fired at Wallace’s car. Four bullets hit Wallace and his entourage subsequently rushed him to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where doctors performed an emergency thoracotomy, but he was pronounced dead a short time later. He was 24 years old.
Biggie: I Got A Story To Tell will be released globally by Netflix on March 1st.