Honouring the life and times of legendary hip-hop icon, The Notorious BIG – AKA Biggie Smalls (real name: Christopher Wallace) – Netflix is releasing the very first documentary officially authorised by the late rapper’s estate, which has been over four years in the making. Based on the first trailer for Biggie: I Got A Story To Tell alone, it appears to be four years well spent.
Setting out to depict Wallace’s meteoric rise to fame, tragically untimely end, and everything else in between, Biggie: I Got A Story To Tell has been accomplished using never-before-seen archival footage from his childhood friend Damian “D Roc” Butler, as well as interviews with those who were closest to Wallace – his mother Voletta Wallace, collaborator Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs, as well as former manager/current estate manager Wayne Barrow.
“In the wake of the Notorious BIG’s landmark induction into The Rock & 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,” Netflix has noted in a statement.
“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 centre of rap lore for more than twenty years.”
The documentary has been directed by Emmett Malloy who, incidentally, has made a name for himself producing music videos and live concert documentaries. Voletta Wallace, Combs, and Barrow have served as executive producers alongside Mark Pitts, Stanley Buchthal, and Brendan Malloy.
Netflix’s Biggie: I Got A Story To Tell will be available to stream from March 1st – check out the first trailer above.