A trio of rare Notorious B.I.G. songs earmarked for the upcoming Notorious soundtrack hit the Internet yesterday. Two of the tracks, "Microphone Murderer" and "Guaranteed Raw," are products of the rare demo tape that was given to Bad Boy Records and ultimately got Biggie a record contract. "Murderer" especially showcases the imagery and flow that would land B.I.G. on practically every greatest-rapper list despite the fact that he only released two non-posthumous albums. Also on the soundtrack is a new "Legacy RMX" of the Ready To Die hit "One More Chance," featuring Biggie's son Christopher "CJ" Wallace Jr. rapping in unison with his father over the verses penned back in 1995, before CJ was even born. Notorious is due in theaters January 16th.
Rock Daily recently spoke at length with actor Jamal "Gravy" Woolard about his role as Biggie in the biopic Notorious. "I just wanted to read Ms. Wallace's face," Woolard said after B.I.G.'s mother saw a screening. "She was taking her glasses off, with a tissue and wiping her eyes. I felt like I won my victory, because I wanted her to feel like her son was next to her. And we hugged. We didn't have to say anymore after that." (Watch Gravy emulate Biggie in the "Tupac's Dead" scene here.)
"Biggie's spirit was there throughout," said director George Tillman Jr. about shooting on location on Los Angeles and New York, "It's different when you do a biopic when the character is gone. But when they feel alive, you capture that." For more from our preview, check below: