There are many interviews, books, articles, and movies about the Notorious B.I.G., but the new Netflix documentary “Biggie: I Got a Story To Tell” strips away the rapper’s persona and tells the story though family and close friends of a young man growing up on the Bed Stuy/Clinton Hill border.
In the 90s, two paths that seemed to lay before Christopher Wallace: one of a successful crack dealer, the other pursuing life as an artist. Through interviews with family and close friends, the film makes Biggie feel exceptional but also very familiar.
You feel as though you could have been there, listening to Biggie and his friends make decisions that would alter American culture and music forever.
Geography plays a major part of the movie. The documentary dedicates real time to describing the unique character of different New York neighborhoods in the 90s. Diddy, who’s from Harlem, says at one point he wasn’t about to go to meet Biggie in Bed Stuy because he’d just get robbed.
The documentary serves as a gentle portrait of a young man with seemingly limitless potential. But it does feel unfinished, rushed barely skimming the surface of his relationship with Tupac and the period leading up to his murder.