Notorious (2009) Poster



Christopher Jordan Wallace, who plays a young Biggie, is the son of Biggie and Faith Evans.
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.
When Biggie is rapping right before he lays the vocals down for "Juicy" he is reciting the first verse from "Unbelievable" and is told to stop messing around. The song "Unbelievable" was one of the very last added to the album Ready to Die and according to the producer DJ Premier, he never even wrote anything down, just went in the booth and laid the track down on the spot.
Rappers Beanie Sigel and Guerilla Black auditioned for the role of Biggie. Singer Sean Kingston also auditioned and publicly claimed he had gotten the role.
The writer Director Antwone Fisher sat across Biggie the night he died and Antwone's wife LaNette Fisher grew up 3 blocks away from Biggie's supposed killer.
When a teenage Biggie is explaining how his rapping was initially a side-hustle to his drug dealing, the shot shows him rapping in a black and red lumberjack shirt with a hunting cap. This outfit, in fact, matches the one described in the lyrics of the song 'Juicy': 'way back, when I had the red and black/ lumberjack/ with the hat to match'.
Most of the film was adapted from the book, "Unbelievable: The Life, Death and Afterlife of the Notorious B.I.G." by Cheo Hodari Coker. Writer Reggie Rock Bythewood revised Coker's draft.
Jamal Woolard reprises his role as The Notorious B.I.G. in All Eyez on Me (2017).
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The car that is used in the drive-by when Biggie is shot, 2BAI222, is the same plate number that is featured in the first episode of Numb3rs (2005), as well as the same plate number that Ian Watkins, lead singer in the band Lostprophets, uses in the music video for their song "Last Summer" in the car he is driving.
The role of Lil Cease was originally written for Tristan Wilds who had to turn it down due his commitments with 90210.
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Angela Bassett portrays Biggie's mother Voletta Wallace in this film. She has also portrayed Michael Jackson's mother Katherine Jackson in the mini-series The Jacksons: An American Dream (1992). Both artists have collaborated twice on two of Michael's songs/albums: "This Time Around" from HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I (1995), and "Unbreakable" from Invincible (2001). The latter was released 4 years after Biggie's death, and his rap contribution was originally for the 1996 release "You Can't Stop the Reign" by Shaquille O'Neal.
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