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It's Been 24 Years Since We Lost The Notorious B.I.G.

It's been 24 years since the Notorious B.I.G., was shot to death in Los Angeles.

"As long as I have life there's hope," Biggie's mother Voletta Wallace said about finding justice while promoting the Netflix documentary Biggie: I Have a Story to Tell. "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."

The documentary, includes never-before-seen video footage shared by his longtime friend Damion "D-Roc" Butler. Both Butler and Wayne Barrow, executor of his estate, released the documentary.

"This might be the last March 9 we celebrate moving forward, focusing instead on May 21, his birthday," explains Barrow. "We're going to forget March 9, but not in our hearts. By celebrating his birthday, we can focus on his life."

Wallace was never a fan of rap or hip-hop, but she listened to the music of her son and found a connection to him through his music.

"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," she explains. "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: I Got a Story to Tell is backed by both Voletta Wallace and Sean Combs, and is one of the most comprehensive examinations into the life of The Notorious B.I.G.

I Got A Story To Tell also features interviews with Voletta Wallace and P Diddy, both of whom contextualize Between the intimate character study provided and the Netflix-ensured production value. Biggie: I Got A Story To Tell is on Netflix now.

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