The tragic story of one of hip hop’s most mythologised stars is set to be explored once more with Netflix dropping the trailer for Notorious B.I.G. Documentary ‘I Got a Story to Tell’ this morning. I Got A Story To Tell is the latest in a long line of films, series and documentaries that have touched on the meteoric rise and devastating demise of Biggie Smalls.
While there is a slew of Biggie Smalls source material available (see below), Biggie: I Got a Story to Tell bills itself as the “definitive portrait of the man who became The Notorious B.I.G.”
As made clear in the trailer for Notorious B.I.G. Documentary, I Got A Story To Tell is an origin story that examines how Christopher Wallace from Clinton Hill, Brooklyn became The Notorious B.I.G. Working alongside the Wallace estate, I Got A Story To Tell boasts unprecedented access including first-person interviews with Biggie’s mother, Volletta, and longtime collaborator Sean Combs.
Expect to see recently unearthed footage from Biggie’s breakout years, highlighting the raw talent of a man who would change the hip hop game forever.
Netflix’s Notorious B.I.G. Documentary, I Got A Story To Tell drops on March 1st.
What else to watch
This feature film was released to mixed reviews, but Notorious does a pretty decent job of recreating Biggie’s life for the big screen. Jamal Woolard is unnerving in the role of Biggie, while Biggie’s real-life son, Christopher Wallace Junior plays a young version of his father. Props to Anthony Mackie also who nails the role of hyperactive Tupac Shakur.
Arguably one of the great takes on the Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls murders cases, Unsolved is a limited Netflix series that draws from Greg Kading and Russell Poole’s experiences, two former Los Angeles Police Department detectives who led separate investigations into the murders.
All Eyes on Me (2017)
It seems like Biggie and Tupac are always competing, even after death. In 2017 it was time for Tupac’s story to be told on the silver screen. Demetrius Shipp Jnr tackles Pac’s role while Jamal Woolard reprised his role as Christopher “The Notorious B.I.G.” Wallace from Notorious.
Biggie & Tupac (2002)
This 2002 documentary made serious waves when it was released after firing off accusations that former Death Row Records CEO, Suge Knight was responsible for the murders of Tupac and Biggie. Suge Knight had long been linked to the murders, but Biggie & Tupac fleshes the theory out.