The new prolific documentary, Biggie: I Got a Story To Tell hits Netflix today and it’s a must-watch.
One of the most powerful influences of the music industry continues to tell his story, over 20 years later. The late rapper, Notorious B.I.G., tragically died in an unsolved drive-by shooting at the age of 24. His impactful career has led to this prolific documentary highlighting his successful life on Earth, instead of his death.
The doc is produced by Biggie’s mother, Voletta Wallace, and Sean “Diddy” Combs. With close friends and family of Biggie’s, this story is more than a memoriam; it is a celebration of the life and evolution Biggie had on Brooklyn, the musical industry and the world. The story of Notorious B.I.G. has been told multiple times but with one note but this doc delves into the mind of Christopher Wallace, tapping into the influences in his life as a young man that inspired his creativity, his ability to stimulate and evoke emotion with his visually stimulating word play and flow in a way that was authentic and compelling.
Much of I Got a Story to Tell’s early video footage comes from the archives of and interviews with the rapper’s childhood friend Damian “D Roc” Butler. “Big was always a visionary. There will never be such a crazy time in Brooklyn as the 80’s and 90’s, out of great struggle, comes great art and music. The Brooklyn kid rapping today won’t have the same stories we have to tell,” D Roc said in a statement to Rolling Stone, adding that with the documentary, “fans see Big was an artist before he was a rapper.”
“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,” Netflix said of the film.
“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. 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.”
The Biggie: I Got a Story To Tell documentary premieres on Netflix March 1, 2021.