NOTORIOUS “Wrestles” Its Way To The Top Of The DVD Charts


via XXL

The legacy of Big lives on triumphantly as Notorious took the top spot in Nielsen’s DVD sales chart in its debut week, beating out the likes of critically acclaimed The Wrestler and tween favorite Twilight, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Executive produced by Diddy, Biggie’s mother Violetta Wallace and former manager Mark Pitts, the biopic has grossed about $36 million at the box office and an additional $6 million overseas to date.

Notorious tells the story of the legendary Brooklyn rap star’s rise to fame. Starring Jamal Woolard, better known as Gravy, as the lead, the film also features Angela Bassett, Derek Luke, and Anthony Mackie in prominent roles.

Jamal “Gravy” Woolard puts Hip Hop on Backburner, Pursues Fulltime Acting Career


via SOHH

JamalGravyWoolard has begun shaping his Hollywood career by signing with mega entertainment company It Girl Public Relations.

Starring in the film Notorious has inspired the rapper to pursue a career change.

“I was pretty lost… Not understanding which way to go,” he said. “I think that God wanted me to do the acting thing. That’s why acting is my newfound love. I’ll get to music later. It’s not important to me now. Some big things is comin’.” (Associated Press)

Woolard and It Girl executives have reacted to the signing.

“I want to be the guy that is a chameleon with performances, known for a diverse body of work and hopefully fortunate to be working in this business for a long time,” Woolard said in a statement.

“Jamal is dedicated and talented and like the man he portrays in Notorious, Jamal is a young legend in the making,” It Girl CEO Juliette Harris said in a statement. “He has the “it” factor to make people warm to him with his charm, and audiences and filmmakers will see that right away.” (Hip Hop Press Release)

The company will help guide his career as an actor.

It Girl Public Relations will be assisting Jamal in expanding his visibility as an actor and positioning him as a break out artist and “one to watch”. It Girl will broaden Jamal’s target audience and introduce him to the main stream media, propelling him into becoming a house hold name. (Press Release)

It Girl is renowned for its popular clients and history within the industry.

Twelve years industry experience ables us to develop communication programs which build client image/brand, initiate media coverage and drive action. Clients include Nick Carter, Vida Guerra and Rashad Evans. (It Girl Public Relations)

Hip Hop Coons: Four Stabbed At After-Party For Biggie Smalls Movie “Notorious”

Come on Hip Hop community can we at least get through the damn weekend without someone getting hurt during the release of our biggest movie to date? When will we grow up and take responsibility when we are on a world stage and are on the eve of swearing in our first black president who makes no bones about being a Hip hop fan? SMH.


via Huff Post

NEW YORK — Police say four men were stabbed at a New York City nightclub advertising an after-party for the film premiere of “Notorious” about rapper Biggie Smalls.

Police said Saturday a 21-year-old victim stabbed numerous times was in critical condition at Brookdale Hospital. Three others were stable.

The Djumbala club is in the Canarsie section of Brooklyn. Police did not immediately release further information.

While the party had been promoted as the “official” after-party, “Notorious” distributor, Fox Searchlight, said it was not related.

Smalls was born Christopher Wallace and also used the stage name “Notorious B.I.G.”

His debut CD, 1994’s “Ready to Die,” helped re-energize East Coast rap. He was killed in Los Angeles in 1997.

[video] Notorious Cast @ Giant Mag Photo Shoot

OK, if this is any indication of where they’re going with this flick then I am behind this movement 100%. Very rarely do you hear anyone speak of the cultural ramifications that B.I.G. had not only on New York but Hip Hop as a whole, which ultimately makes him the framer and the forebearer of a generation. Remember we are living in Christopher Wallace’s dream, not vice versa.

What him and Puff pulled off can only be described as sheer magic. Trust me, if you was “there” then you know what I mean. “The 90’s was our 60’s”…I couldn’t have said it better. We will be bringing you an exlcusive interview with some cast members of this motion picture epic in the very, very near future. Stay tuned!

First Look @ BIG & Puff on set of NOTORIOUS/Producer Speaks

BIG & Puff

The good folks over at wooohah did it again with this exclusive pic off the set of NOTORIOUS of BIG and Puff. I must say this does bring back memory of their classic run. Got my fingers crossed on this one. The clip below is of Wayne Barrow‘s answering some questions about the production from the legion of eager and worried fans out there. If you have any questions for him that aren’t addressed you can find him over at

Notorious B.L.O.G. Is Up


As excitement stews over the upcoming Notorious B.I.G. biopic the producer Wayne Barrows, who co-managed B.I.G. with Mark Pitts, has established a blog on the Fox Searchlight website.  He is counting down the beginning of production, which begins in a few days and gives some insight into why Gravy was chosen to play B.I.G.  For those concerned with the development of the heavily anticipated flick make sure you follow this blog and chime in.

Notorious blog

BIG plans for Pac & BIG’s Legacy


As the LA Times was conducting a hatchet job on the legacy of Notorious B.I.G. via the journalistic antics of agitator Chuck Philips, the NY Times was running a piece on the  planned cinematic revival of B.I.G. via Gravy and Fox Searchlight Pictures.  Two different coasts, two different papers, two completely different themes.  The LA Times piece was largely based on testimony from confidential informants who are implying that BIG and Puffy had more active roles in the attempted robbery/assassination of Tupac then they’ve previously owned up to (ain’t that what Pac been screaming from day one?)  Like Philips earlier efforts to uncover a conspiracy his reporting is very erroneous in that he relies too heavily on anonymous sources who have led him to turn street lore and urban folk tale into front page news.  The NY Times piece gives us a heads up that the film version of BIG’s life will be a sanitized attempt to show his complexities growing up as an “angry black man” in Bed Stuy Brooklyn who just so happened to make some of the most compelling music of the 90’s.  Ironically enough every attempt will be made to steer clear of any conspiracy implicit in BIG’s death, which is still unsolved.  Ms. Wallace said “that’s going to be another movie.”  To check out both stories from both papers on both coasts, click HERE for the NY Times and HERE for the LA Times.