TIME Studios has announced the production of a new documentary based on The Notorious B.I.G. called Understanding Christopher Wallace.
The documentary serves as an intimate look at the untold life story of the great emcee from the perspective of the son who never knew him. The doc has been made from the viewpoint of Christopher “CJ” Wallace, Biggie’s son who was 5 months old at the time of his passing.
Directed by Vikram Gandhi (69: The Saga of Danny Hernandez & Barry), this intimate film explores concepts of identity, legacy, and fatherhood. “As C. J. chases a deeper understanding of his own destiny, his quest uncovers a more holistic portrait of his dad than the world has ever known,” says the description in the press release.
“C. J. uncovers 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 music, culture, fashion and Hip Hop, including his mother, Grammy-award winning singer Faith Evans as well as Jadakiss, Lil Kim, and Lil Cease more,” it continues.
“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,” said Loren Hammonds, Head of Documentary at TIME Studios. “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 C. J.’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,” said C. J. Wallace. “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.”
“It’s an honor to document CJ’s personal odyssey to understand his father and to create a deeper and more definitive film about the man behind the persona Notorious BIG, Christopher Wallace.” said Director Vikram Gandhi.