Everyone remembers exactly where they were when they heard the news of Notorious B.I.G.’s death on March 9, 1997. Now, the home that his brother Jay-Z built, TIDAL honors the rap legend in a big way.
At the stroke of midnight, TIDAL released A&E’s Biography Presents: BIGGIE: The Life of Notorious B.I.G. to celebrate his life and commemorate his death. The documentary features Christopher Wallace, The Notorious B.I.G. sharing his story in his Brooklyn, N.Y. hometown, in the years before its gentrification. “To me, it’s the love borough. It’s just the rustiest borough,” he says. B.I.G. also talks about his early days as a drug dealer when he thought that was all life had in store for him before he was introduced to the music scene. “I look at myself as the eyes of the world,” he says. “I gotta tell my story.” We also witness his mother Voletta Wallace seeing her son’s face immortalized on a wall in Brooklyn for the first time. “I’m humbled to know that people really cared for him. Really loved him,” she says. “To make his face, to be a part of Brooklyn wall. But there’s so much hatred out there. Because it takes hatred to take someone’s life.”
In addition to the documentary, TIDAL users can also access an exclusive interview with the late B.I.G.’s ex-wife Faith Evans, and a Rap Radar podcast featuring Damion “D-Roc” Butler, one of his close friends.
Wallace was gunned down in L.A. on March 9, 1997. He was just 24 years old. Twenty-one years later, the case of his murder still remains unsolved. Although his reign in life was short, Notorious B.I.G. remains the longstanding King of N.Y., with homage paid by rappers and musicians of all genres, especially by his Brooklyn brother, Jay-Z.
Check out the documentary on TIDAL below, and celebrate him all day on the app filled with special edition playlists.