Earlier this week, Netflix released a trailer for the long-awaited Biggie: I Got a Story to Tell documentary. The film, which might be the most accurate depiction of the rapper to date, will start streaming on March 1.
The trailer opens with archival footage of Biggie Smalls, better known as Christopher Wallace to his friends and loved ones. He says, “That’s all it was, was a dream,” 0:08 into the video.
The streaming site first announced the making of the documentary in 2017. Since then, the director Emmett Malloy traveled back in time to 1990s Brooklyn to uncover a side of Biggie that audiences have yet to see.
“The running joke about documentary films is often how long they take to make,” Malloy said in an interview with Rolling Stone. “This film lived up to all those stereotypes, taking us four years to develop and make it.”
Unlike other big-screen adaptations of the rapper’s life, this documentary marks the first time his estate has approved a production. Biggie’s mother, Voletta Wallace, and his longtime friend Sean “Diddy” Combs, are the executive producers. They also shared exclusive interviews for the film.
“Biggie blew up overnight,” Diddy said during his interview, 1:36 into the trailer. “You have no origins for what rap planet this guy came from.”
Also unlike other films dedicated to Biggie, this documentary seems to be more about his life before the fame versus his life afterward. Namely, the documentary delves into the days he sold drugs to provide for his single mother. According to both Ms. Wallace and Diddy, Biggie continued on his drug-dealing path while simultaneously pursuing his way to rap-game stardom.
But as his childhood friend Damian “D Roc” Butler said in a statement to Rolling Stone, “Out of great struggle, comes great music and art. The Brooklyn kid rapping today won’t have the same stories we have to tell.”
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