Saturday, January 31, 2009


The Canadian blog AWMusic has a great review of the new movie about Notorious Bigs ; the reviewer explores the life of the artist and the movies portrayal of his ultimate demise.

AW Music: Christopher Wallace, a.k.a the Notorious B.I.G – is arguably the epitome of hip-hop’s “American Dream”. Emerging from the drug infested streets of Brooklyn, his story was centered around dreaming the unfathomable and accomplishing the unachievable. In other words, Big was all about going from “ashy to classy”.

With the huge success of semi-biographical hip-hop films such as, 8 Mile and the mild success of Get Rich Or Die Tryin’, the film world was due for another hip-hop flick, which came in the colossal form of one of the greatest MC’s to touch the microphone. Notorious is an attempt to encompass the short-lived life of the late rapper, as his life was tragically cut short before the release of his sophomore album. The film follows Big’s rise from nothing and his unprecedented fall from fame.

The Writer Continues: I’ve heard and read the mediocre and unflattering reviews about the film prior to viewing. The trailer didn’t look enticing either. But, as the hip-hop superfan that I’d like to think I am, I shelled out the twelve bucks to watch a Biggie impersonator in all his glory. This Biggie impersonator is played by first-time actor, Jamal Woolard. Yeah I know, who the hell? Let’s all just be thankful the role wasn’t given to Sean Kingston (reportedly considered for the role). The supporting cast is just as obscure, playing the roles of Puff Daddy, Lil’ Kim, Faith Evans, Tupac and many more. The only recognizable name is Angela Bassett, who plays Voletta Wallace (Big’s mother). She does a damn good job too.


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