George Tillman Jr (2009)

15 Certificate
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Our Score
In this rags-to-riches true story, newcomer Jamal Woolard fits snugly into the extra-large shoes of Brooklyn-born rapper Christopher Wallace, better known to hip-hop fans as The Notorious BIG. The singer's mother Voletta co-produced the film with, among others, Sean "P Diddy" Combs, the man who gave the ex-drug dealer a record deal and sang a chart-topping tribute to him following his murder in 1997. The fatal shooting was seen as reprisal for the gunning down of LA rapper-turned-actor Tupac Shakur months earlier in a much-hyped East Coast/West Coast rivalry. Unfortunately, director George Tillman Jr doesn't get to the root of the trouble between one-time friends "Biggie" and Tupac (Anthony Mackie). Instead, he focuses on the former's bling lifestyle, which conforms to every bed-hopping, hip-hop "player" cliché. Combs (sharply portrayed by Derek Luke) appears to take credit for helping Wallace grow up and "be a man". This shallow film could likewise have done with showing a bit of maturity.


Biopic of Notorious BIG, whose rise to fame took him from being a Brooklyn street hustler and crack dealer to become a respected and influential rap artist, before he was brutally murdered at the age of 24. Starring Jamal Woolard, Derek Luke, Dennis LA White and Angela Bassett.

Cast & Crew

Christopher 'Biggie' Wallace Jamal Woolard
Sean 'Puffy' Combs Derek Luke
Damion 'D-Roc' Butler Dennis LA White
Voletta Wallace Angela Bassett
Biggie (age 8-13) Christopher Jordan Wallace
Damion (age 8-13) Jasper Briggs
Lil Cease Marc John Jefferies
Art Selwyn Cyrus Farmer
Director George Tillman Jr
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: 20th Century FoxGuidance: Swearing, sex scenes.Available on: DVD and Blu-ray