Hip-hop fans know well the late rap superstar Notorious B.I.G., who quickly rose to the top of the rap game with the release of his 1994 instant classic Ready To Die and steady stream of hits.
But Cheo Hodari Coker, who co-wrote with Reggie Rock Bythewood the hip-hop legend's biopic Notorious, wants moviegoers to get to know the man behind the music.
"My greatest hope is that people walk into the theater thinking about Notorious B.I.G. and leave thinking about Christopher Wallace," Coker said via telephone on the eve of the Fox Searchlight movie's release.
Coker conducted a wealth of first hand research on Biggie, having interviewed and reviewed his works in numerous newspaper and magazine articles. Coker was the last journalist to interview Biggie before his untimely death, just 36 hours before Biggie was fatally shot on March 9, 1997 following a music award show afterparty. Coker also authored the biography Unbelievable: The Life, Death And Afterlife Of The Notorious B.I.G.
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