Notorious Movie Review

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I am a child of hip hop. In 1979, when hip hop dropped, I was 9 years old, and fully embraced the new music culture.  I was a fan of Run DMC, LL Cool J, EPMD, Big Daddy Kane and a host of other famous and infamous groups that laid down lyrical jams with pulse shaking beats. One of those rappers I loved to listen to in my pre-Christian rap days was Biggie Smalls, who later became the Notorious B.I.G. I rank Biggie up their in lyrical talent with NAS, Tupac & Jay Z.  However, when I heard there was a movie coming out about the Notorious one, I was ready to pass.  I figured it would be a low budgeted, poorly acted, horribly written excuse for a movie.  One of my students bugged me for a week telling me to go see it, but I brushed him off.  When my Dad told me he saw it however, and said that it was good, my curiosity was piqued.

So yesterday I went to see Notorious, and I have to say I was very surpised at how good this movie was.  The director, writers and actors took this movie seriously and put together a quality piece of cinema.  The film is basically a biography of Biggie Smalls’s (real name Christopher Wallace) life, and what an interesting life it was.  If you were a fan of Biggie, or you are just looking for a good movie to watch, then go see Notorious. You won’t be disappointed.  The film is rated R, so don’t take your kids, because their are quite a few adult situations.

Grade: A


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