Fans of Biggie will remember that the late but relentlessly beloved rap icon often remarked on his hardscrabble younger years in Brooklyn's Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood, where he grew up in an apartment with a single mother. Now, 41 years after Christopher Wallace was born, and 16 years after he was murdered, the Notorious BIG's childhood home is up for sale. But things, it would appear, "done changed" since Biggie lived there.
On Friday, the Los Angeles Police Department released the Notorious B.I.G.'s autopsy report, more than 15 years after the rapper's murder. But, in keeping with their thus far stellar work on the case, they failed to first notify Biggie's family. Now, of course, they've apologized for the incident, blaming an administrative mistake.
Thanks to the Freedom of Information Act, we now have access to a thick FBI file detailing the agency's investigation into the 1997 shooting death of Christopher "Notorious B.I.G." Wallace. The case, which now falls under the jurisdiction of the LAPD, has famously run cold. But these documents, though heavily redacted, bring some interesting details to light—including ballistics evidence that further links evil former LAPD officer David Mack to the murder.
All right, so maybe you aren't Rebecca Lanier old. You're still old. How old? Let's put it this way: You know that baby with the afro on the cover of The Notorious B.I.G.'s Ready to Die? His name is Keithroy Yearwood, and he's now 18. In the video, Yearwood and his folks recount how he was plucked from child model obscurity, only to be marked for greatness as the poopie-diapered symbol of a hip-hop generation. As cover-baby reunions go, it's pretty satisfying—even if it lacks the bold, full-frontal diaperlessness of Nevermind's Spencer Elden, now a 20-something street artist living in LA. [NYDN via The Daily What]
Today is the 13th anniversary of the death of Christopher Wallace—aka The Notorious B.I.G.—possibly the most momentous hip hop artist of all time. Here he is before he "made it," rapping on a Brooklyn street corner at 17.
Grab your 40 and roll a blunt: The trailer for Notorious has finally hit the interweb. With Brooklyn rapper Gravy (née Jamal Woolard) playing Biggie and Derek Luke as P. Diddy, we can't wait for this one. But will the film be a fitting legacy to one of the greatest rappers of all time? It's hard to say from this teaser, which offers only a few glimpses of actual footage. Still, those glimpses are pretty awesome: Biggie as a little kid counting money? That pinstripe suit? Gold, Jerry, gold. On the other hand, the film is being released on Jan. 16, 2009 — historically a studio dumping ground. If it was really "sicker than your average," wouldn't Fox Searchlight drop it over Christmas? Only time will tell, but for now, the trailer holds us over after the jump.
If you were a totally unknown rapper who suddenly appeared in a documentary rhyming alongside the late Biggie Smalls, one of the greatest and fattest men to ever pick up a microphone, wouldn't you be happy for the publicity? (Yes, if you were smart). Not if your name was Supreme, a Brooklyn rapper who is suing some documentary makers for $20 million (good luck) for using footage of the Notorious B.I.G. battling Supreme in 1994. It caused him "mental distress," the poor lil guy! The Post says the suit "neglects to say who won the war of words between Supreme and Biggie," but we're gonna go with "Biggie by a mile," based on classic clips like this one:
Ramping up the Oscar-season stakes following the exploitation of Abigail Breslin's dimples in 2006 and Diablo Cody's clothes-allergic antics in 2007, Fox Searchlight appears to have gone the way of using low-cost (read: free) young acting hopefuls in its early push on behalf of the Biggie Smalls biopic Notorious. Today's New York Times suggests that Brooklyn rapper and brave ass-shooting survivor Jamal Woolard was essentially already cast as the slain hip-hop star when Searchlight welcomed more than 100 would-be Biggies to its
time-wasting, dream-devouring publicity stunt open casting call last fall: