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B.I.G.-ger than Hip-Hop

Posted on: November 24, 2008

The trailer for the Christopher Wallace a.k.a. Biggie Smalls or The Notorious B.I.G. biopic, “Notorious” just hit the Internets. By all accounts, it looks interesting. Interesting in the way that when you saw The Dark Knight over the summer, they showed the trailer for Christian Bale’s other soon to be hit franchise “Terminator Salvation,” and rather than featuring robots doing amazing robot things, it was just some grainy and scratch footage of some power lines and the sound of people yelling.

The point is that when it comes to making a movie about one of hip-hop’s most revered figures, everything needs to be as tight as Biggie’s flow. Hip-hop films often times get clowned for coming out half assed, full of plot holes, and relying on one or two big name stars to carry the film. Anyone who had the patience to sit through Belly 2 (the film that had nothing to do with the original Belly) starring The Game knows what I’m talking about.

In the case of the “Notorious” flick, there is the possibility of the film being the best representation of the late, great rapper’s life which will not only captivate audiences who are already familiar with his work and make his rhymes the soundtrack their day, but also open it up to people who think Biggie was just a rapper who died. Or it could just plain suck. This is why the trailer for the flick makes me so skeptical. There are more photos in the trailer than actual clips from the flick, which any kid with a decent amount of time on a computer can figure out.

Does that mean this film will be Biggie’s story told in clip art? If it is, I may have to wait for it to hit the bootleg circuit to see it. I’m going to give it the benefit of the doubt and assume there’s real acting in the film, despite the fact that it’s Gravy who’s taking on the role of B.I.G. Sure more rappers are actors by trade, (CB4 told that story well) but in the case of Gravy, when few people are familiar with your work as a rapper they may actually think that you’re a good actor.

Who knows, maybe Gravy will score some major Hollywood points and land a guest spot on an episode of Law and Order, the way Ludacris and Anthony Anderson did. Not that Anthony Anderson is a rapper or anything, but if he wanted to, he could probably have a hit single.

The biggest upside for the “Notorious” flick is that it opens the gates for other rapper based movies to hit theaters. Just off the top, there could be films about the life and times of Tupac, Big L, Soulja Slim…. you get the picture.

Ultimately, let’s hope that this flick is actually good and pays proper homage to Big Poppa. Going by the trailer, it looks like they’ve taken their cues at doing better than 50 Cent attempting what he couldn’t pull off in his own flick. Plus, I can’t imagine that there will be any room for a sequel (although Puffy could probably figure out an angle) so this is the one shot deal for Notorious to be truly glorious.


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