Drected by George Tillman Jr. (Soul Food (1997), Men of Honor (2000) and Faster (2010)), this biopic about rapper The Notorious B.I.G. was in development for years, and a number of directors including Spike Lee and Antoine Fuqua, before Tillman signed up. It's careful to being respectful of it's subject, but at the end of the day, it's another rags to riches biopic tinged with tragedy and hardship. Christopher Wallace (Jamal Woodard) grew up in Brooklyn with his mother Voletta (Angela Bassett), at the time during the mid 1980's, there was a "crack epidemic" in America, and Christopher ends up being a dealer on the streets, and his mother kicks him out when she discovers what he's doing, Christopher even spends time behind bars for dealing. However, Christopher has a talent for rapping, and he's discovered by Sean Combs (Derek Luke), who has Christopher signed up to Bad Boy Records, and Christopher becomes The Notorious B.I.G. But, dark times lie ahead after he meets West Coast rapper Tupac Shakur (Anthony Mackie). It's a very good film, and you don't have to know or even like rap music to get at what Tillman and his team have made here, it captures the era well, and the film was even produced by Wallace's mother, as well as Sean Combs. Plus, Wallace's own son, Christopher Wallace, Jr. plays his own father when he was a boy.