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.

Notorious Soundtrack Makes BIG Debut on Charts

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Matching the success of the film from which it spawned, Notorious: Music From and Inspired by the Original Motion Picture has landed atop several Billboard charts, scoring the week’s biggest debut at #4 on the Billboard 200.

The Bad Boy Records release, which was in stores three days before Notorious hit theaters, sold 43,000 copies in it’s first week of release.notorious_soundtrack

The album also made it to No. 1 on the “Top Rap Albums” chart, and No. 2 on both the “Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums” and “Top Digital Albums” list as well.

A musical companion to the film capturing the rise of Brooklyn’s favorite son, the album combines Notorious B.I.G. chart toppers like “Juicy” with new music by Jay-Z, Jadakiss, Faith Evans, and even Biggie’s son CJ Wallace.

A two-disc special edition is currently on sale at Target stores nationwide, pairing the CD with a new documentary, Remembering Christopher Wallace.

The DVD features exclusive interviews with slain rap great’s family including Mrs. Voletta Wallace and the two children he left behind.

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


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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.

Will NOTORIOUS Do B.I.G. Numbers?


via BoxOfficeMojo

After seeing a video post of Jamal Woolard (Gravy) and Lil Cease claiming that they predict the motion picture release of Notorious to do $50 million at the box office, I got into a heated debate with Majesty over what exactly was a reasonable prediction. I’ve been brainwashed into believing that Notorious is one of the biggest releases in Hollywood history, based on the rampant advertisement. The point that he made was that it would atleast need to be on 3,000 screens to do phenomenal numbers. His prediction was that Mall Cop would beat Biggie at the movies, and at the time it sounded absurb to me.  Upon further review though, it has been brought to my attention that Notorious has gotten shortchanged on the amount of theaters it will be released to. Contrary to popular belief the “hoods” of America don’t make up the majority of the land mass. Middle America, and Red States (sorry Obama) make up the mass of the continental United States and they ain’t braving sub zero weather this weekend to go see the Biggie biopic, plus its just simply not in theaters where they’re at. This is the breakdown on what Notorious is on pace to do, based on its first day numbers.  (If you’re not Will Smith, you will not make it to those theaters in Smallsville and Pleasantville, USA).

[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!

[audio] Jay-Z feat MC Lyte-BK ANTHEM



OK, this is more like it, whereas the last single with Santogold was like the anthem for the new BK (read Williamsburg, Greenspoint) this track with Lyte is moreso capturing the essence of a Brooklyn long gone.  Nonetheless Jay is back on key with this one, just a lil’ more tweaking and his pass just might get mailed back to him before the movie comes out.

Source: Nahright

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

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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

Judge Rules In Favor of B.I.G.’s Family

B.I.G. Baby, Baby!!

Source: The Boombox

A Los Angeles Judge has reinstated a wrongful-death suit brought by the family of the late Notorious B.I.G. Judge Florence-Marie Cooper dismissed the lawsuit on March 21 after determining the family failed to make a deadline for bringing a claim against the city of Los Angeles and former police officers Rafael Perez and Nino Durden.

B.I.G.’s estate has been given 20 days to file a new lawsuit. The family of slain rapper B.I.G. — real name Christopher Wallace — claims police officers conspired to kill the rising rap star. The family also contends that the LAPD attempted to cover up their involvement.

Chuck Not Finished With Tupac Shooting

Source: EURWEB 


LA Times reporter Chuck Phillips who set a new firestorm of press with his recent article about the shooting Tupac Shakur at Quad Studios. The article stated that associates of Sean “Puffy” Combs organized the ambush on Tupac and that he and Biggie Smalls knew of its occurence a week prior. Chuck has given a new interview which he feels that these murders of Biggie Smalls and Tupac Shakur would be solved if it were “Brad Pitt or Angelina Jolie”. Click here for interview

Chuck says Puffy and Biggie knew about Pac Ambush


In what seems to be the hot topic in the blogsphere, LA Times writer Chuck Phillips claims to have unearthed evidence that Puffy and Biggie knew about the hit on Tupac Shakur in Quad Studios, that left him shot five times. He says that this was all orchestrated by Czar entertainment CEO Jimmy Rosemond.

Read the full article here

Both Puffy and Rosemond have released statements denying any involvement.

Brooklyn Rapper Snags Role in B.I.G Movie “Notorious”

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Brooklyn rapper Gravy has snagged the role of Christopher Wallace aka Notorious B.I.G. The rapper is due to star with Angela Basset who plays his mother. I must say Fendi and Gravy predicted this a very long time ago in one of their popular The Come Up DVD’s. I filmed Gravy years ago and was supposed to work with Fendi. Things never materialized but  I can do nothing but wish them well.

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