A New Documentary Is Bringing Biggie Smalls To Life After Death
Next month, two major milestones in the life and career of The Notorious B.I.G. will take center stage in the Hip-Hop community. March 9 will mark the 20th anniversary of the Brooklyn MC’s death, while the 25th marks the same for his sophomore solo LP, Life After Death. As one of the most venerated artists in Rap history, Biggie Smalls will undoubtedly be the subject of countless tributes as the anniversaries approach, but perhaps none will be as sanctified as a forthcoming documentary. Produced in part by the late icon’s mother, Voletta Wallace, Notorious B.I.G.: One More Chance is reportedly in the works.
As reported by Rolling Stone, the film is being made “with the approval and cooperation of the late rapper’s estate,” and is being directed by the Malloy Brothers, directors who have worked on videos for Jurassic 5, N.E.R.D., The Black Eyed Peas, and many more. Also with several music-related films under their belts, the Malloys (by way of brother Emmett) told Variety “The challenge of making a film about one of the most influential artists of my generation is what I live for as a filmmaker.” In a statement from Ms. Wallace, B.I.G.’s mother expressed her great appreciation for all of the love her son has garnered, even two decades after his murder. “It brings so much joy to my heart that my son Christopher’s music has made such an impact on the music community and his stories have positively inspired so many young men and women over the years, and still influencing the youth all over the world today,” she said.
Once released, One More Chance will join the 2009 Biggie biopic Notorious and a handful of other, more recent projects centering on the rapper. In September, Ambrosia for Heads reported on a still-forthcoming film looking at the investigations into Tupac Shakur and The Notorious B.I.G.’s murders, and last summer, TBS announced it was working on a scripted series based on Biggie’s lyrics. According to Variety, the new documentary will “will feature Biggie’s music and focus on the impact of the his work around the world.”
Submarine and ByStorm Films will serve as co-producers with Ms. Wallace on One More Chance, the historic documentary which “will be the first to be made in collaboration with the rapper’s estate.” Further details surrounding the film – including any artists involved or a release date – have not been announced, but with the magnitude of the upcoming milestones and the involvement of Biggie’s mother and estate, the film will likely prove to be the most comprehensive and personal look at the life of a man who, at just 24-years-old, left this earth bigger than life.