Biggie: I got a story to tell

Day Seventy Two

Available on Netflix

I’ve always been a major fan of the Notorious B.I.G. He is undoubtedly one of the greatest to ever touch a microphone and although during his life time, he only released two albums himself. His flow, his charisma, his talent was so large that over two decades later, his presence is still felt.

To think that he was only 24 at the time of his passing. 

So imagine my excitement when I saw that Netflix had released a new documentary on him. “What more could they possibly have to say that we haven’t heard about Big already?” was my immediate thought. 

If you’re a hip hop fan then chances are you’ve already watched the numerous documentaries on the life of this larger than life emcee. 

I was therefore pleasantly surprised to watch this film and see that the majority of it is unseen, unused footage filmed during his short life time. It turns out that D-Rock, a childhood friend of the rapper had been capturing footage of his meteoric rise to fame and all the pressure as well as benefits that came with it.

What did I learn from this film that I didn’t already know?

– Big was truly a bonafide artist, not just a rapper but someone with a flare for drawing, designing, with an appreciation for music beyond the stereotypical expectation of just hip hop and soul music.

– I came to appreciate his strong bond with his mother, the strength of character it must of taken to raise him in such a difficult period in US history with the crack epidemic serving as Christopher Wallace’s surroundings.

– I also gained a little more insight into what was happening behind the scenes during the making of his first Album ‘Ready to die’ and his follow up ‘life after death’.

Aside from these things, it was thrilling just to see the unseen footage, remastered for our HD accustomed eyes.

I didn’t learn too much new things, and the documentary skimmed over many things like…erm…Tupac and the entire east coast and west coast feud that ensued and that many believe was a major contributing cause to both deaths.

It’s staggering to think now that Tupac and Biggie were only 25 & 24 respectively when they passed and yet have come to be the pillars from which Hip Hop is built on. Both have retained an impact and influence that will reverberate through musical history for decades to still come.

It’s an enjoyable watch but don’t expect new revelations, more like the same story but almost retold him Biggie’s perspective.


If you want a bit of nostalgia, then it makes for a great watch



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