Biggie: I Got A Story To Tell.
There was a major ‘something’ about the late Christopher Wallace a.k.a Biggie Smalls, a.k.a Notorious B.I.G that got me right from the beginning of his career. Little wonder he is my favorite MC of all time!
And that renowned audacity to be ‘… black and ugly as ever’ was perhaps not just only it for me. I remember how I took it hard that early morning of March 10, 1997, a day after his assassination. My old friend Oke Adebisi broke the news, courtesy of the Nigerian Social media of the era – Ray Power FM. Needless to say the ride that morning from my spot at Adeniyi Jones to Ikoyi, our gig in his old Mazda 929 was exceedingly dreary. Quite unlike our usual selves.
I caught the latest documentary about him yesterday on Netflix. One of the best about him since his untimely death. The depth of the new revelations about his mom- her beginnings- his own beginnings- his totally absent dad – his nature- his essence and his circle of friends – his dedication to them and theirs to him is just astounding. And Puffy too, have come a long way – from his skinny, confident self to hedging a profound bet on Biggie. A bet that amazingly paid off, considering he’s some bucks short of becoming a billionaire nowadays. To suggest that the dude has done great for himself would be deemed an understatement.
These guys were amazingly protective of him. Protective of his craft. Fiercely protective of his legacy even now. Fiercely loyal to him even in death. Causes one to envy him or wish for a supportive groups just like them.
Life, as I watched: Biggie: I Got A Story To Tell is all about a loving family and a loving, and extremely supportive circle of friends. Life can be extremely hard. But having loved ones in one’s corner makes all the difference. With the famed Junior MAFIA clique too. Therefore If you have about a full hour and a half that you ain’t using – endeavor to catch it on Netflix, you wouldn’t regret it!
But make sure to have a box of tissues handy.