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Notorious -- Jamal Woolard stars in the chronicle of rapper Notorious B.I.G.'s life.
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Writers (WGA):
Reggie Rock Bythewood (written by) and
Cheo Hodari Coker (written by)
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Release Date:
16 January 2009 (USA) See more »
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No dream is too big See more »
Plot:
The life and death story of Notorious B.I.G. (a.k.a. Christopher Wallace), who came straight out of Brooklyn to take the world of rap music by storm. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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9 nominations See more »
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Cast

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Jamal Woolard ... Christopher 'Biggie' Wallace

Mohamed Dione ... Record Executive at Party

Derek Luke ... Sean 'Puffy' Combs

Dennis L.A. White ... Damion

Marc John Jefferies ... Cease

Menyone DeVeaux ... Hot Girl #1
Christopher Jordan Wallace ... Biggie (Age 8-13)
Ricky Smith ... Wally
Amanda Christopher ... Keisha

Angela Bassett ... Voletta Wallace
Jasper Briggs ... Damion (Age 8-13)

Cyrus Farmer ... Selwyn

David Costabile ... Mr. Webber

Julia Pace Mitchell ... Jan
Jermaine Denny ... Primo
Naquon 'Nino Brown' Jackson ... Nino Brown

Naturi Naughton ... Lil' Kim

Aunjanue Ellis ... Sandy
Jason Croasdaile ... Security Thug

Valence Thomas ... 50 Grand

Edwin Freeman ... Mister Cee

Kevin Phillips ... Mark

John Ventimiglia ... Detective Farelli
Cimone Campbell ... Cute Girl Assistant
Duane Nakia Cooper ... Howard Emcee (as Duane Cooper)

Anthony Mackie ... Tupac Shakur
Miya Granatella ... Hot Lady (as Miya M. Granatella)

Charles Malik Whitfield ... Wayne (as C. Malik Whitfield)
Susie Da Silva ... Jessica

Antonique Smith ... Faith
Sean Hall-Earl ... Heavy Set Guy Fan
Jelani Mashariki ... Rough Guy
Tony Mui ... Asian Fan
Atalya Slater ... Female Fan
John Hills ... Justice of the Peace
Lamont 'Money L' Mosley ... Money L

Ginger Kroll ... Debbie

Hisham Tawfiq ... Fatigue Guy

I.N. Sierros ... Cop (Quad Studios)

Sean Ringgold ... Suge Knight
Marco Best ... 'Person on the Street'
Erskine Bonilla ... 'Person on the Street'
KeShuna Jones ... 'Person on the Street' (as KeShauna White)

Andre Roberson ... 'Person on the Street'
Donté Kinsey ... 'Person on the Street'
Adre'an Simms ... 'Person on the Street'

Brandi Nicole Feemster ... 'Person on the Street'
Corey Browne ... 'Person on the Street'

Nina Daniels ... Person on the Street
Grant Hayes ... 'Person on the Street'
Denae Innis ... T'yanna
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Brandon Bailey ... Fan #1

Taylor Dior ... Tyanna Wallace - Age 2

Cheryl Alessio ... Dancer (uncredited)
Joseph Basile ... Neighborhood Thug (uncredited)

Hasan Bivings ... Club Dancer (uncredited)
Michael Bostwick ... Trife (uncredited)

Jonathan Charles ... Howard Student (uncredited)
Laura Coy ... Dancer (uncredited)
Shawntay Dalon ... Howard University Member (uncredited)

Rico Devereaux ... Puffy's Bodyguard #1 (uncredited)

Carlitos Dosouto ... Puerto Rican (uncredited)
D.J. Enuff ... Himself (uncredited)

Allen Holloway ... Chico (uncredited)
Antoine Holmes ... Bad Boy Entourage (uncredited)
Mike Hurt ... Crackhead (uncredited)

Osas Ighodaro ... Party Girl (uncredited)
Elvis Jaquez ... Extra (uncredited)
Melissa Joseph ... Fan Asking for Tupac for an Autograph (uncredited)
Alina Kaufman ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Chris Kelley ... Gangster (uncredited)

Ebony J Lewis ... Source Awards Envelope Giver (uncredited)
Dee Martin ... Fatigue Guy #2 (uncredited)
Monica Moore ... VIP Guest at Party (uncredited)

Simone Moore ... Person on the Street (uncredited)

Alan Mueting ... Record Executive (uncredited)

Sharron Paul ... Concertgoer (uncredited)

Richard Pryor ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Gordon Ramsey ... Longhaired Sound Engineer (uncredited)

Jessica Rich ... Party Girl (uncredited)

Ahmad Russ ... Record Producer at Party (uncredited)

Craig Scribner ... Fan (uncredited)

Harry L. Seddon ... Jail Guard Walking Biggie (uncredited)

Usman Sharif ... Guy #1 (uncredited)

Jessica Noel Smith ... Glam Girl (uncredited)
Lisa Stansbury ... Concert Fan (uncredited)
Jen Steele ... Groupie (uncredited)
Karl Thwaites ... Concert Audience Member (uncredited)
Norman Wakefield ... Suge Knight Crew (uncredited)

Derrick Williams ... Hit Team Record Producer (uncredited)
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Directed by
George Tillman Jr. 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Reggie Rock Bythewood (written by) and
Cheo Hodari Coker (written by)

Produced by
Wayne Barrow .... producer
Sean Combs .... executive producer
Trish Hofmann .... producer
George Paaswell .... co-producer
Mark Pitts .... producer
Robert Teitel .... producer
Voletta Wallace .... producer
 
Original Music by
Danny Elfman 
 
Cinematography by
Michael Grady 
 
Film Editing by
Steven Rosenblum 
Dirk Westervelt 
 
Casting by
Tracy 'Twinkie' Bird  (as Twinkie Byrd)
Pamela Frazier 
 
Production Design by
Jane Musky 
 
Art Direction by
Laura Ballinger 
 
Set Decoration by
Alexandra Mazur 
 
Makeup Department
Germicka Barclay .... hair department head: Los Angeles
Nathan J. Busch II .... hair department head (as Nathan Busch)
Dorinda Carey .... makeup artist: Los Angeles
Linda Cowan .... makeup artist: Los Angeles
Lillie S. Frierson .... hair stylist: Los Angeles (as Lillie Frierson)
Anita Gibson .... makeup department head
Corey Hill .... hair stylist: Los Angeles (as Corey 'Chill' Hill)
Geneva Nash Morgan .... key makeup artist: Los Angeles
Valerie Nelson .... hair stylist: Los Angeles
Alex Noble .... department head makeup: Los Angeles
Roxanne Rizzo .... key makeup artist
Takisha Sturdivant .... key hair stylist (as Takisha Sturdivant-Drew)
Laini Thompson .... department head makeup: Los Angeles
Jennifer Ziegelmeier .... hair stylist: New York (as Jennifer Ziegelmeier)
Christine Domaniecki .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Blair Breard .... unit production manager: additional photography
Ged Dickersin .... production supervisor
Stuart Macphee .... post-production supervisor
George Paaswell .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jasmine Alhambra .... second second assistant director
David Catalano .... additional second assistant director
Marc Garland .... second assistant director
Greg Hale .... second assistant director: Los Angeles
Cal Naylor .... assistant director: second unit
Kenyon Noble .... second second assistant director
Jono Oliver .... first assistant director
Yari Schutzer .... second unit director
Ken Twohy .... crowds assistant director
Aurora Warfield .... additional second assistant director
 
Art Department
JoAnn Atwood .... set dresser
Madeline Austin-Kulat .... set decoration assistant
Lou Charles .... additional set dresser
Krysten Childs .... prop coordinator
David Cooney .... storyboard artist
Steven T. Duke .... set dresser
Jeff Errico .... storyboard artist
Steve Gallo .... key construction grip
Malchus Janocko .... assistant art director
Kevin Ladson .... property master
Jim Lillis .... on-set dresser
Michele Mayas .... camera scenic
Fred Merusi .... construction coordinator
Eric M. Metzger .... props
Timothy Metzger .... leadman
Suzanne Mjartan .... set dresser
Don O'Reilly .... props
Kevin L. Raper .... graphic designer
Diana Salzburg .... shopper
Annie Spitz .... production designer: second unit
Oscar Thompson .... leadman
Greg Voth .... graphic artist: props
John Felgate .... set dresser (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Bobbi Banks .... supervising adr editor
Wade Barnett .... adr recordist
Junior Cyrus Baron .... boom operator
Shaun Brennan .... foley artist
Laurel Bridges .... boom operator
David Briggs .... dialogue editor
Rachel Chancey .... foley artist
Rachel Chancey .... foley supervisor
Rusty Dunn .... sound designer
Rusty Dunn .... sound effects editor
Robert Fernandez .... sound re-recording mixer
Lewis Goldstein .... sound re-recording mixer
Lewis Goldstein .... supervising sound editor
Bobby Johanson .... adr mixer
Richard Kamerman .... sound intern
Nathan Lindsey .... adr recordist
Travis MacKay .... adr recordist
Anthony M. McCovey .... sound utility: Los Angeles
Daniel McIntosh .... production sound mixer: additional photography
Michael Miller .... adr mixer
Christopher Mills .... epk sound
Cate Montana .... dialogue editor
Julio Neira .... looping
Brendan Jamieson O'Brien .... sound utility
Egor Panchenko .... ProTools playback mixer
Lisa Pinero .... sound mixer: Los Angeles
Mathew Price .... production sound mixer
David Raymond .... boom operator: Los Angeles
Tom Ryan .... apprentice sound editor
Abigail Savage .... sound editor
Timothia Sellers .... sound utility
Jason Stasium .... ProTools playback
Michael Suarez .... sound
Billy Theriot .... adr mixer
Eric Thompson .... adr mixer
Aaron Zeller .... on-set playback: Los Angeles
John Soukup .... sound transfer (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Anton Agerbo .... visual effects producer: previz
Glenn Allen .... visual effects producer: Brainstorm Digital
Joseph DiValerio .... visual effects
Richard Friedlander .... visual effects producer: Brainstorm Digital
Lucien Harriot .... visual effects producer: Mechanism Digital
Lucien Harriot .... visual effects supervisor: Mechanism Digital
Ted Keenan .... visual effects producer: Mechanism Digital
Emil Kerie .... visual effects
Eric J. Robertson .... visual effects supervisor: Brainstorm digital
Joy Tiernan .... digital compositor (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Roy T. Anderson .... stunt driver
David E. Brown .... stunt player
Mike Burke .... stunt driver
Rico Devereaux .... stunt driver
Roy Farfel .... stunt driver
Justin Rodgers Hall .... stunt double
Cerrone may .... stunt performer
Jeff Sanders .... stunt driver
Ray Siegle .... stunt coordinator: Los Angeles
Manny Siverio .... stunt performer
Aaron Vexler .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Eli Aronoff .... additional first assistant camera
Christian Baird .... additional rigging electrician
Bob Becchio .... assistant camera
Phillip V. Caruso .... still photographer
Andrew Casey .... Steadicam operator
Andrew Casey .... camera operator: "a" camera
Kai Wai Cheng .... extra grip
Rashad Clinton .... grip
Jack Coffen .... gaffer: additional photography
Alisa M. Colley .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Tom Concordia .... additional still photographer
Lamont Crawford .... key grip
James Daly .... camera production assistant: additional photography
Chris Drechsler .... lighting technician
James J. Ferris .... electrician
John Geisler .... technocrane technician
Michael N. Green .... lighting technician
David Harges .... electrician
Kira Hernandez .... assistant camera: second unit
John Hockenberry .... electrician
Andy C. Huber .... gaffer: second unit
Aubrey Husar .... key grip: California
Larry Huston .... First Assistant Camera ("a" camera )
Travis Huston .... key grip: second unit
Christophe Johnson .... camera loader
Denny Kortze .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Chris Linares .... electrician
Martin Linss .... cinematographer: second unit
Michael C. Maronna .... electrician
Michael Marzovilla .... gaffer
Frank McCormack .... best boy electric
Paul C. McKenna .... technician: Technocrane
Doug Meils .... generator operator
Gary Molyneux .... dolly grip
Ed Nessen .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Rome Petersson .... additional rigging electrician
Linda Phillips .... electrician
Irv Press .... generator operator: Los Angeles
Andrew Priestley .... first assistant camera
Guillaume Renberg .... remote camera operator
Donald Russell .... additional camera operator
Daniel D. Sariano .... assistant camera
Brooke Stanford .... generator operator: base camp
Nicky 'Nuckles' Vaccaro .... key rigging grip
Jason Warow .... assistant camera: second unit
Joe 'Jody' Williams .... camera operator: "b" camera
Joe 'Jody' Williams .... director of photography: second unit
Steve Yaconetti .... camera: additional footage
Thomas Calandrillo .... technocrane operator (uncredited)
Bob Calandro .... grip (uncredited)
Timothy McCrary .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Douglas Pellegrino .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Eric Arriola .... casting assistant
Lori Eastside .... extras casting
Chris Gray .... extras casting
Kenneth Guity .... casting intern
Robert Oppel .... extras casting assistant
Cash Oshman .... crowd casting
Tuffy Questell .... extras casting
Parker Randal .... casting coordinator
Zoe E. Rotter .... casting associate
Ryan Torres .... casting coordinator
Christian Kaplan .... executive in charge of casting (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Pattie J. Barbosa .... key background costumer
Janicza Bravo .... wardrobe: second unit
 
Editorial Department
Julia Bloch .... assistant editor (as Julia Devi Bloch)
Brandon Bussinger .... digital intermediate colorist
Tom Foligno .... associate editor
Gordon Grinberg .... associate editor
David Massachi .... associate editor
Brian Reali .... digital intermediate producer
Daniel Schloss .... post-production assistant
Gilbert Carreras .... color timer (uncredited)
Corey Stewart .... digital intermediate engineer (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Bill Abbott .... music editor
Steve Bartek .... orchestrator
Barry Cole .... music supervisor
Chris Cozens .... auricle control systems
Tass Filipos .... music editor
Isobel Griffiths .... orchestra contractor
Sam Jones .... assistant score recordist
T.J. Lindgren .... additional music programmer
Jamie Lowry .... music editor
Yann McCullough .... auricle operator
Edgardo Simone .... orchestrator
David Slonaker .... orchestration
Francesca Spero .... music supervisor
Kevin Teasley .... composer: Rappers Won't Survive
Kevin Teasley .... composer: Wheels of Steel
Rick Wentworth .... conductor
Flip Floyd Wilcox .... vocal engineer
Nick Wollage .... score engineer & mixer
The Co-Stars .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Bruce White .... viola (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Tom Hallowell .... driver: Los Angeles
Rick Kelleher .... generator operator/driver: Los Angeles
Jeremy Morgan .... transportation captain: Los Angeles
Irv Press .... generator operator/driver
Sean Shepherd .... generator operator/driver: Los Angeles
Noel Edwin Silva .... driver: Los Angeles
Jerry Smith .... transportation coordinator: Los Angeles
Andy Spilkoman .... picture car coordinator: Los Angeles
 
Other crew
Ajeenah Abdus-Samad .... production coordinator: second unit
Allison Adamovic .... production assistant: second unit
Keith Adams .... location manager: additional photography
Jessica Archer .... location scout
Michael Barnes .... financial legal services
Geoffrey Booth .... location assistant
Amanda Boyd .... production assistant: second unit
Rebecca Breckel .... additional script supervisor
Lauren Brundage .... first assistant accountant
Cassandra Butcher .... unit publicist
John Calvin Byrd .... assistant publicist
Adam M. Carr .... office production assistant
Manie D. Chery .... production assistant
Lisa Cofini .... post production accountant
Martin J. Cummins .... location scout
Cody D'Ambrosio .... additional set production assistant: Los Angeles
Dante .... warm-up comic
Alison Davis .... assistant production coordinator
Patricia de Paula .... production coordinator
Michael DeRoker .... assistant location manager: additional photography
Robb Earnest .... production coordinator: LA
George Easley .... location assistant
Phil Eisenhower .... studio teacher: second unit
Kimberly Feinman .... assistant location manager
Jared Ferrie .... assistant: Mr. Teitel
Aaron Fiesell .... production assistant: second unit
Dann Fink .... adr loop group director
Rodney 'Okai' Fleurimont .... location assistant
Hal Fuchsman .... staff set production assistant
Kevin Funston .... location manager: Los Angeles
Jordan Gilbert .... office production assistant: LA Unit
Dave Ginsberg .... assistant location manager
Andrea Greer .... script supervisor
Heidi H. Hamelin .... assistant: Ms. Hofmann
Phyllis Johnson .... adr loop group
Jason Kadlec .... location scout
Joanna Klein .... assistant to director: reshoots
Russ Klein .... background production assistant: reshoots
Rich Koski .... production assistant: re-shoots
Rich Koski .... production assistant: reshoots
Peter LaSala .... office production assistant
Jess Magee .... location assistant
Joe Mancini .... car wrangler
Anthony McClendon .... location scout
Kathy McHugh .... script supervisor: Los Angeles
Amy Meisner .... production assistant
J.C. Mendoza .... set production assistant
Jason Messeri .... production assistant
Solange Morales .... assistant: Mr. Barrow
Alonzo Nevarez .... first assistant accountant
Damien Noguer .... office intern
Brigitte Pauli .... first assistant accountant: LA
Brieann Rich .... craft service
Nicholas Rich .... set medic
Anthony Rue II .... assistant choreographer
Tanisha Scott .... choreographer
Michael Sgalambro .... production assistant
Kate Sharp .... production secretary: second unit
Jonathan Silver .... main title sequence designer
Greg Sucharew .... production assistant
George L. Tarrant Jr. .... assistant: Mr. Tillman (as George 'GT' Tarrant)
Duffy Taylor .... key assistant location manager
Natalie Threlkel .... assistant production coordinator: second unit
Samantha Treiber .... production assistant
Clinton Trucks .... office assistant
Aimee Urmanita .... production assistant: second unit
Jason Veley .... assistant: Mr. Tillman
Lena Waithe .... writing assistant
Jacob Wasserman .... production assistant
Steven Weisberg .... location manager
Michael Woody .... second assistant accountant
Oren Yaniv .... production secretary
Ilya Jonathan Zaydenberg .... photo double
Bianca Giancoli .... body double (uncredited)
Terricka Hudson .... stand-in: Julia Pace Mitchell (uncredited)
Brett Meiselas .... production assistant (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Damion Butler .... the producers wish to thank (as Damien 'D Roc' Butler)
Andrew Casey .... with loving thanks to
Joe De Marco .... with loving thanks to (as Joseph DeMarco)
Faith Evans .... the producers wish to thank
Florence Jackson .... the producers wish to thank
Lil' Kim .... the producers wish to thank (as Kimberly 'Lil' Kim' Jones)
James 'Cease' Lloyd .... the producers wish to thank
Matthew Middleton .... the producers wish to thank
Afeni Shakur .... the producers wish to thank
 
Crew believed to be complete


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MPAA:
Rated R for pervasive language, some strong sexuality including dialogue, nudity, and for drug content
Runtime:
122 min | 128 min (unrated director's cut)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Jamal Woolard heavily prepared for his role for months, which includes listening and remembering lyrics to a variety of songs by Biggie, gaining weight and vocal lessons at Juilliard School to get the voice right.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: In a brief establishing shot of Times Square, a billboard poster for "Chicken Run" can be seen. Chicken Run was released in 2000, and Biggie died in 1997. There is also a poster for "Will & Grace" on NBC, which premiered the year after his death (1998).See more »
Quotes:
Voletta Wallace:Is this why you think I came to the States? So I can spend all my days, taking care of you, feeding you, cleaning up old plates of mash potatoes you leave under your bed?
Notorious B.I.G.:Huh?
[runs to his bedroom to find the crack he left under his bed]
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Movie Connections:
References "Starsky and Hutch" (1975)See more »
Soundtrack:
I Love the DoughSee more »

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11 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Biggie fans will love "Notorious"; everybody else, well, that's another question entirely..., 31 May 2009
Author: dee.reid from United States

George Tillman Jr.'s "Notorious," a by-the-numbers biopic about the life of Brooklyn rapper Christopher "Notorious B.I.G." Wallace (1972-1997), is sure to only please the members of his core fan-base, myself amongst one of them. I was 11 in March 1997 when Biggie Smalls was shot and killed in Los Angeles, California, just seven months after his friend and fellow rap artist Tupac Shakur (1971-1996) was shot and killed in Las Vegas; Tupac died the day after my 11th birthday in 1996.

Many thought that their murders were part of the whole East Coast/West Coast rivalry between rap artists during the mid '90s. Both Big and Tupac became the unlikely martyrs of gangsta rap and the violence that characterizes it. What's most shameful about that is that over a decade after their deaths, it seems that the hip-hop community has yet to learn a very valuable lesson.

But I'm getting off-track. "Notorious" is a well-made and well-acted movie. Unfortunately, however, it's too by-the-numbers and follows the tried-and-true methods of most biopic storytelling: it glamorizes the life of the character, goes from one success to another, and doesn't really shed anything new on the person the movie is about. Of course it traces the beginnings of Biggie's life, from growing up as a bright Catholic school student in Brooklyn raised by his loving mother Voletta Wallace (a perfectly cast Angela Bassett), to his dropping out of school at age 17 to sell crack on the streets to help feed his baby daughter, and his eventual being signed to the then-newly formed Bad Boy Records by his best friend Sean "Puffy" Combs (Derek Luke). The rest, as they say, is history.

I also forgot to mention that Jamal Woolard, as Biggie, who is also an aspiring rapper himself, is probably the best thing about this movie. He really captures the essence, and character of Big, and not only does he look like him, but he also talks AND sounds like him. And his skills on the microphone are undeniable as well. He lends some authenticity to the film's rhyming sessions, rapping to the songs of the real-life Notorious B.I.G., and he pulls it off magnificently. It's a star-making performance that unfortunately gets overshadowed by too many of the film's flaws.

The script (co-authored by Biggie's biographer Cheo Hodari Coker) skips from one success to another; that's the biggest problem with most biopics. Another problem I had was that the portrait of the main character was pretty one-sided. While I personally consider his debut record "Ready to Die" to be one of the most important and significant rap albums ever recorded - it helped return the East Coast rap scene to prominence - I'm not totally certain that he was truly one of the greatest rap artists who ever lived, especially after only two finished recordings. And I really would have liked to have seen more of Big's friendship with Tupac Shakur (Anthony Mackie), which I felt was one of the most overlooked and tragic aspects of his life during the East Coast/West Coast rivalries. (People often forget that not only were they friends early on, but they were very close friends.)

And while I'm quite certain that the sex appeal of Lil' Kim (Naturi Naughton) is one of the reasons for her success as a rapper, I also feel that one of the reasons she's here, apparently, is to show A LOT of skin and seem like the biggest, baddest 'ho in hip-hop (that's debatable). Big's relationship with wife Faith Evans (Antonique Smith) was not all that well-developed either, as was Big's friendship with Puffy, or the members of Junior M.A.F.I.A., who he helped to promote along with Lil' Kim, whom he was carrying on an affair with while still married to Faith. I also would have liked to have seen some of the paranoia and fear that gripped Biggie in the final months of his life as well, and a little bit more on the aftermath of his murder.

Like I said earlier, I'm a fan of the Notorious B.I.G. myself, and so I'm sure that I'm one of those people that would have liked "Notorious" a lot more. That's the biggest tragedy about his life and this film. His short life and violent death made him one of the most important, and tragic, figures in hip-hop. I also think it's a disgrace that not much has been done by law enforcement officials to try to solve his murder, or Tupac's for that matter, and the questions revolving around the involvement of corrupt police officers in both killings have yet to be followed up in any significant fashion by anyone.

I'm not going to be a cliché: I don't think he was one of the greatest rappers, personally, but the impact of his music on the industry cannot be denied by anyone: he helped the East Coast's rise back to the top of the rap scene in the mid '90s. As for the movie about his life, on the hand, it could have been better - a lot better.

7/10

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