Biggie‘s son, CJ, has made a major move to cement his father’s legacy by partnering with TIME Studios for a new documentary chronicling the legendary late rapper’s life.
In collaboration with TIME Studios, Understanding Christopher Wallace is an intimate look at the life of one of the greatest rappers of all time from the perspective of the son who never knew him.
Recounted from the viewpoint of Christopher “CJ” Wallace — who was just five months old at the time of his father’s death — the documentary is a dual narrative that navigates between the lives of both Christopher Jr. and Sr. – spanning from the 2020s back to the 1980s – exploring concepts of identity, legacy, and fatherhood.
In the doc, CJ will uncover new revelations behind his father’s life story, discovering unseen personal effects, music, photo, and footage, and asking deep, and difficult questions of the late legend’s confidants, associates, and loved ones – including some of the biggest names in Hip Hop, including his mother, singer Faith Evans, as well as Jadakiss, Lil Kim, Lil Cease and more.
“The Notorious B.I.G. had such an immense impact on not only music but also on popular culture as a whole. But this film is about so much more than that,” Loren Hammonds, Head of Documentary at TIME Studios, said in the press release. “It’s about fatherhood, loss, and love. It’s incredibly special to be able to let audiences learn about the man behind the myth through CJ’s eyes, and we’re very proud to play a part in carrying on Christopher Wallace’s inimitable legacy.”
“Over the past few years, I realized my personal journey is connected to understanding who Christopher George Latore Wallace was outside of his big rap persona,” CJ added. “I am on a journey to fully understand the world he lived in and the massive impact he had on American and Black history and by doing so, I can ensure that I honor his hopes and dreams while I build and create my own legacy for future generations of Wallaces.”
Executive producers on the project include TIME Studios’ Loren Hammonds, Alexa Conway, Mike Beck, and Lynne Benioff and Frank White’s Wayne Barrow, Elliot Osagie, and Doug DeLuca, produced by Frank White’s Willie Mack and Tiffany Persons and Director Vikram Gandhi.
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