Notorious

  • Directors: George Tillman Jr
  • Producers: Wayne Barrow, Edward Bates, Sean Combs, Trish Hofmann, George Paaswell, Mark Pitts, Robert Teitel, Voletta Wallace
  • Writers: Reggie Rock Bythewood, Cheo Hodari Coker
  • Genres: Biography, Drama, Music
  • Actors: Jamal Woolard, Angela Bassett, Derek Luke, Anthony Mackie, Naturi Naughton, Antonique Smith, Marc John Jefferies, Julia Pace Mitchell, Christopher CJ Wallace Jr

The film opens at a party in Los Angeles in March 1997. Christopher Wallace / Biggie Smalls / The Notorious B.I.G. (Jamal Woolard) is seen sitting at his chair smoking a cigar. People, including Faith Evans (Antonique Smith) and Sean Combs (Derek Luke), move to the music on the dance floor. Moments later, Biggie, Combs, and friends are driving away from the party. They stop at a red light, while a friend, Lil’ Cease, (Marc John Jefferies) is flirting with women outside. A black Chevrolet Impala pulls up and someone inside fires a single shot at Biggie.

The film then flashes back to Biggie’s early childhood in 1984, recounting his tough upbringing in the Clinton Hill section of Brooklyn. Biggie (Christopher “CJ” Wallace, Jr.) writes several rap songs, enduring the ridicule of some classmates. Biggie then starts selling drugs at the height of the crack epidemic. In 1990, after winning an important rap battle and meeting Lil’ Kim (Naturi Naughton) for the first time, Biggie’s mother, Voletta (Angela Bassett), throws him out of the house after discovering his involvement with drugs.

In 1992, after spending two years in prison, he goes to see his girlfriend Jan (Julia Pace Mitchell), and their new daughter, T’yanna (Taylor Dior). After reconciling with his mother, he goes to find D-Roc and Lil’ Cease and records a demo called “Microphone Murderer.”

Biggie is shot and killed moments after calling Lil’ Kim to apologize and to set up a meeting with her. A few days later Voletta, Combs, Lil’ Cease, D-Roc, Lil’ Kim, Faith and others all grieve over the death of Biggie at the funeral.

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