On March 9th today, Biggie Smalls died after being victim to a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles. Fans have come together to give The Notorious B.I.G. the tribute and reminiscence he deserves on social media.
Christopher Wallace (Biggie) is still one of the most celebrated artists in rap and hip hop history, and while his killers were never caught and tried, Biggie’s mother, Voletta Wallace, still feels that they will face the music once they’re found and prosecuted.
In the new Biggie Smalls documentary which just released today on Netflix, named Biggie: I Got A Story To Tell, Voletta talks at length about how she feels about Biggie’s death.
“As long as I have life there’s hope. I’ll never give up. And I hope when I’m not in this world anymore, my friends and family will carry on the fight. There is always hope. After his passing, I heard a lot of positive and negative things that were being said about him. As a mother, I only wanted to hear positive things because I’m biased. I decided then I wanted to know more about his music. I read something in a magazine about him where the writer said something like, ‘what do people expect when you give a bum from the ghetto a million dollars?’ I was very hurt by that.
I never raised my son to be a bum or a drug dealer. So, I listened to his music and I asked a lot of questions. I cried like a baby while listening because what I heard was an intelligent human being.
Biggie’s good friends who were close to him in life and played key roles in his career, Damion “D-Roc” Butler & Wayne Barrow, came together to produce this rare documentary. They said:
his might be the last March 9 we celebrate moving forward, focusing instead on 21st May, his birthday. We’re going to forget March 9, but not in our hearts. By celebrating his birthday, we can focus on his life.” Butler was with Biggie in the vehicle when the rapper was shot. “I feel cheated. I feel like we went through all of that for nothing.
I don’t feel like this so much anymore but I did for a long time. Now I can see that it wasn’t for nothing, he sacrificed a lot. That’s why we’re here today almost twenty-five years later because he’s still relevant. He’s still the hardest working rapper in the game today.
The documentary has premiered on Netflix and you can check it out right now.