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USA: Fox Searchlight
UK: Twentieth Century Fox
Cast: Angela Bassett, Derek Luke, Jamal Woolard, Anthony Mackie, Antonique Smith, Naturi Naughton, Kevin Phillips, Dennis L A Whitemarc, John Jeffries, Julia Pace Mitchell, Aunjanue Ellis, John Ventimiglia, C Malik Whitfeild, Christopher Jordan Wallace
Director: George Tillman Jr
USA: 100 mins
UK: 123 mins
USA Rated: R for pervasive language, some strong sexuality including dialogue, nudity, and for drug content
UK Certificate: 15 contains strong language, sex and sex references
USA Release Date: 16 January 2009
UK Release Date: 13 February 2009
Directed by George Tillman Junior (MEN OF HONOR, SOUL FOOD), NOTORIOUS is a celebration of the hip hop legend Notorious B.I.G, later known as Biggie, eleven years after his tragic death. The biopic tells the rags to riches story of a music icon whose life and death forever changed the landscape of music. Embodying the American dream Biggie rose from the streets using the power of his music to speak to an entire generation. The film captures the larger than life world of Notorious B.I.G aka Christopher Wallace (played by Jamal Woolard) examining the relationships of those closest to Biggie including his mentor and friend P Diddy (Derek Luke), fellow rapper Tupac (Anthony Mackie), his wife Faith Evans (Antonique Smith), his on / off girlfriend Lil Kim (Naturi Naughton) and his mother Voletta Wallace (Angela Bassett).
Written by Reggie Rock Bythewood and Cheo Hodari Coker, NOTORIOUS is a tribute and celebration of Biggie produced by Voletta Wallace, Wayne Barrow, Mark Pitts, Robert Teitel, Trish Hofmann and executive produced by P. Diddy. "I am grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the team which brings the story of my friend, B.I.G to the big screen. The movie is a mother's story and his mom was instrumental in getting this film made. NOTORIOUS is a tour de force," Sean Combs executive producer.
A talented wordsmith, crafting rhyming narratives about violent life on the street as well as hits for the clubs, Biggie emerged from Brooklyn during the early 1990's and quickly became one of the most influential music artists of our time. At the height of his career Biggie was embroiled in a feud with rapper Tupac, which developed into a highly publicised east coast versus west coast battle.
The soundtrack to NOTORIOUS is available from January 26th on Warners Music. Featuring brand new releases from his peers including Jay-Z and Jadakiss the soundtrack also includes a selection of greatest hits and early, little-known recordings.
NOTORIOUS soundtrack track listing, by Bad Boy Records:
1.Notorious Thugs Featuring Bone Thus N Harmony
3.Notorious Featuring Lil' Kim and Puff Daddy
5.Party & Bullshit
7.One More Chance/ Stay With Me Remix
8.Brooklyn Go Hard (Performed by Jay-Z featuring Santogold)
9.Letter to B.I.G. (Performed by Jadakiss featuring Faith Evans)
10.Kick in the Door
12.The World is Filled Featuring Too Short and Puff Daddy
13.One More Chance/ The Legacy (Remix) Featuring CJ Wallace and Faith Evans
14.The Notorious Theme (Composed by Danny Elfman)
15.Microphone Murderer (Demo)
16.Guaranteed Raw (Demo)
17.Love No Ho (Original Demo Version)