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Directed by: George Tillman Jr.
Written by: Reggie Rock Bythewood, Cheo Hodari Coker
Cast: Jamal Woolard, Angela Bassett, Derek Luke, Anthony Mackie
Studio: Fox Searchlight
Genre: Drama
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Plot: No Dream is Too Big.


I was too young to remember this, and I was not listening so much Rap Hip Hope those days, was more into Rock, however, as the years passed I began to take more seriously this genre and listening what they had to say and pick my choices. Biggie was not precisely one of those, but I was willing to figure out what was his contribution, what made him different, and this movie gave me mostly how was he as a person, not bad at all.

I understand then, why they produced this movie. Christopher Wallace AKA Biggie Smalls and later known as NOTORIOUS BIG (which he definitely was) was a very smart kid, since the very beginning. Favorite scene is he challenging his teacher and telling him that Garbage Collector do indeed made more in a year than a teacher. I do believe tho, he made some very stupid choices, (don't we all?) he was quickly involved in dealing with drugs and guns and therefore landed his fare time in Jail, several times. However, among the environment he was considered as gifted. I don't particularly think his voice was appealing, but he had a way to the rhythms and lyrics that others could not come with. Biggie had a charisma, Biggie was loved, was a good artist, and his enemies came as a sad misunderstanding, a problem of communication and I think the movie wanted to emphasize that. I think he could have turned this out as Dr Dree, because his background was not as conflicted as Tupac Shakur, for example.

The cast was really superb and I liked the performances of Angela Baset, as Biggie's mother, the choices for Eve Adams and Lil Kim were right on spot, and is nice to see a young Anthonie Mckey as Tupac. Most of the main cast are rappers, which I am sure gave them more exposure. I which this world of HIP HOP and RAP could go beyond its boundaries, there is a lot to say, there is ton of talented people and to be honest it has gone far and can grow more beautifully.


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