A&E Network’s reboot of its ‘Biography’ strand will kick off with a doc profiling the life of New York rapper Biggie Smalls in Biggie: The Life of Notorious B.I.G.
The three-hour biography will explore the life of the late Christopher Wallace a.k.a. The Notorious B.I.G. through exclusive archival footage and audio recordings. The program also features interviews with close loved ones, including his widow Faith Evans, mother Voletta Wallace, his close friend Lil Cease, and members of Junior Mafia as well as Sean “Diddy” Combs, Shawn “Jay Z” Carter and Nas.
Twenty years after his death, this doc will also focus on Evans as she embarks on an emotional journey to reconcile her turbulent memories. The special will also explore the people and places that shaped Biggie, including hustling on the streets of Brooklyn, NY in his youth, his rise to fame with his confidante and collaborator Combs, his relationships with Evans and Lil’ Kim, his feud with Tupac Shakur and his murder on the streets of Los Angeles.
Biggie: The Life of Notorious B.I.G is directed by Mark Ford and produced by Creature Films in association with Entertainment One (eOne). Executive producers for Creatures Films are Ford and Kevin Lopez. Executive Producers for eOne are John Morayniss and Tara Long. Voletta Wallace and Faith Evans also serve as executive producers.
A+E Networks holds worldwide distribution rights for Biggie: The Life of Notorious B.I.G.
The two-part documentary premieres June 28 at 9 p.m. ET/PT with the final hour airing June 29 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT.
Following the final hour, ‘Biography’ will air Who Killed Tupac? — a six-hour limited series focusing on the investigation of the prolific and influential rapper and actor, Tupac Shakur.
Each installment of this investigative series will follow civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump as he conducts a full-scale investigation into key theories behind the rapper’s murder twenty years after the death, as well as include key aspects of the legendary artist’s life.
Through Tupac’s own words and exclusive new interviews with eyewitnesses, family, friends, and colleagues, viewers will come to understand every facet of Tupac Shakur’s personality
Who Killed Tupac? is produced by Renegade 83 in association with FGW Productions. Executive producers for Renegade 83 are Jay Renfroe and David Garfinkle. Stephanie Frederic is the executive producer for FGW Productions. Additionally, Vince DiPersio serves as EP, Jason Sklaver serves as executive producer and director and Benjamin Crump also serves as EP.
Executive producers for A&E are Bryant, Tatro and Abramson with A+E Networks holding worldwide distribution rights to the doc.