I have a story to tell
Netflix’s Biggie: I Have a Story to Tell is a must!
Netflix Biggie: I have a story to tell released in March and added a new perspective to the legendary rapper’s legacy.
The streaming platform has done an impressive job humanizing the Notorious BIG and telling its story in a way we’ve never heard before.
There were a few unreturned stones left, but it was heartwarming to see how comical and charismatic the late rapper was and where his dynamism and inspirations came from as a child.
This isn’t the first time Biggie’s story has been told. His mother, Voletta Wallace, and former manager, Mark Pitts, produced the 2009 biographical drama film Popular with Jamal Woolard, Anthony Mackie and Naturi naughton.
The film focused more on Big’s story from Rags to Wealth, but Netflix did a great job adding context to its origin with rare footage and conversations with family and close friends.
It showed how practical he was in developing his career, and how optimistic he was for the future, even after the infamous West Coast beef spike against the East Coast.
Check Out 11 Things I Learned From Watching Netflix Biggie: I have a story to tell:
1. Biggie and his team vlog everything. At the time, it was considered just “record the day” but his best friend, Dr Roc, recorded all the rare footage we saw on the documentary.
2. Biggie spent summers in Jamaica. Many Brooklyn children are of Caribbean descent, but many of them are Americanized and unfamiliar with their family’s culture. But the “Juicy” rapper “loved” Jamaica according to his mother and went there every summer until he started selling crack cocaine. His uncle Dave was indirectly credited with inspiring the musical aspiration of a young Biggie.
3. Biggie had been writing songs since grade school. He said his mother gave him a cassette player where he listened to Fat Boys and Run DMC tapes. His elementary friends said he already wrote rhymes when they were in school.
4. Biggie’s neighbor was preparing him to be a jazz musician. In a previous interview, the late rapper mentioned his neighbor Donald Harrison who was a jazz player and took him to the museum and taught him to play instruments.
5. Roland Young, better known as Ollie, urged Biggie to pursue music before he was also killed, even though Big sought him out to help his street entrepreneur. Big O convinced Biggie to record a demo after his infamous rap battle on Bedford Avenue. 50 Grand, who was from Bedstuy, recorded and mixed Biggie’s demo which he said was done in one take in about an hour.
6. Biggie’s original rap name was MC Cwest. It’s unclear when he changed it, but he urged fans not to call him Biggy Smalls due to a lawsuit he was threatened with by the original Biggy Smalls, in an unearthed interview that was previewed in the documentary.
7. Biggie’s favorite rapper was Big Daddy Kane. Mister Cee, who was Kane’s touring DJ at the time, gave The Source Magazine editor Big’s demo and that’s how he landed his feature in the coveted Unsigned Hype. .
8. Biggie’s mother struggled with breast cancer when her career started to take off.
9. Biggie’s father abandoned him and his mother, possibly because of his own shame of having a child outside of his marriage.
10. Biggie wanted to develop into entrepreneurship. The late Brooklyn rapper wanted to run his own label, get into movies and TV shows, and start his own clothing line.
11. Big’s mother “didn’t have” any tears to shed at the funeral. She did not listen to his music as per her request, but eventually “listened to it once” after her death.