20 Years Later: Remembering the Notorious B.I.G. in New Documentary

Family and friends reflect on the life and death of the artist in new A&E documentary


On March 9, 2017, the hip-hop community remembered Chris “Biggie Smalls” Wallace. This year marks the 20-year anniversary of the rapper’s sudden and mysterious death.

To commemorate the occasion, A&E created a two-part documentary featuring the people closest to the late Notorious B.I.G.  The program is the first of it’s kind to be authorized by and involved the late rapper’s estate, which is managed by Wayne Barrow of Bystorm Entertainment.

Biggie’s mother Voletta Wallace candidly reveals the early life of Christopher Wallace. He barely knew his father and she gives us a look at photos of a chubby kid with glasses riding a banana-seat bike on cracked sidewalks, or looking not his later cool while goofing with buddies on the stoops of brownstones in Brooklyn.


Voletta Wallace recalls cleaning her son’s room, and being disgusted when she found what she thoughts was an old plate of petrified mashed potatoes.

“I threw that dried-up plate of white stuff away,” she explains.

Cut to an interview with Biggie, in which he recalls his mom throwing away the crack cocaine he was working on because she thought it was old food. He explains he had to dig it out of the garbage, and rinse the barbecue sauce off before repackaging it for sale.

Wallace says she had no idea those “potatoes” were drugs until she heard Biggie’s taped interview — after his death.

The documentary features archived interviews and other fascinating candid footage that provides insight into Smalls’ legacy and reflect on the artist’s fanatic success and last days.

Other industry stars like Faith Evans, Jay-Z, NAS, Sean “Diddy” Combs, and DJ Mr. Cee remember their relationships’ with Biggie and discuss the cultural impact the rapper had in the history of Hip-Hop.

The documentary premiered on Monday, September 4 2017 on A&E.


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