Last year the biopic “Notorious”, about Notorious B.I.G. (Christopher Wallace) came out and I have to say that I never thought that I would ever watch it. I just assumed Notorious was going to be another one-sided pop bullshit movie that was going to reanimate the east side/west side something-or-other from the 1990’s. Plus this really isn’t a subject matter I’m too passionate about. It’s going to be garbage, right?
Well, I was wrong. The movie was actually really good. There are no major actors and therefore no ego. Even though the movie is produced by Sean Combs it is surprisingly objective in that it shows that Biggy was kind of a piece of shit a lot of the time. He dealt crack, was a deadbeat dad and cheated on all his girlfriends. He also took care of his friends and his mom (especially when she got cancer) and as soon as he got the opportunity to go “legit,” he took it. The nature versus nurture thing comes into play, but it’s up to the viewer to decide.
The movie also shed a lot of light on the 2Pac/B.I.G. “rivalry” and how it seems that it was just the producers (namely Suge Knight) who perpetuated the feud which ultimately led to two murders, just to sell records. One thing that particularly stood out for me was that Biggy was killed when he was only 24. I had thought he was in his mid thirties when he was shot. It’s pretty amazing that someone was able to go so far and be five years younger than I am now. It’s impressive what talent and hard work can accomplish regardless of your station in life.
I’m sure most people know a lot more about the story than I did. As usual, I’m a day late and a dollar short. I don’t really listen much to rap, especially any that gets radio play, but this movie really changed my perspective on the people involved. This isn’t an amazing movie; it’s not going to change your life or anything like that. But it is just an all around good watch. Regardless of your opinion on the likes of Biggy, Puff Daddy, 2Pac, etc. if you’re bored and have on demand, it’s definitely worth checking out. I’m glad I did.