From the Inside Flap
From the same people who brought you vibe
magazine?s New York Times
bestseller tupac shakur
comes the other half of the story that rocked the world: unbelievable
, the larger-than-life biography of Christopher Wallace, a.k.a. Biggie Smalls, a.k.a. The Notorious B.I.G.
In this riveting account of Biggie?s remarkable life, hip hop journalist Cheo Hodari Coker tells the story you?ve never heard about the dramatic, tension-filled world of Biggie, Tupac, Puff Daddy, and Suge Knight, tracing their friendships and feuds from the beginning to the bitter end. Despite the clash of personalities and styles, all four were key players in a volatile and creative era of hip hop, a time when gangsta rap became popular music.
Before he rocketed to fame as Biggie, Christopher Wallace was a young black man growing up in Brooklyn with a loving single mother. An honors student who dropped out of school to sell drugs, Biggie soon discovered that he had a gift for rocking the mike. Coker?s narrative is based on exclusive interviews with Biggie?s family and friends, some of whom have never spoken publicly about Biggie before.
Compellingly written and brilliantly illustrated, with rare color and black-and-white photographs from VIBE?s archives and Biggie?s family, this is an in-depth look at the life and afterlife of an icon whose music is as powerful and prevalent as ever. A virtuoso of flow as well as a master storyteller, Biggie was arguably the greatest rapper of all time. We?ve heard a lot of speculation about Biggie?s death. Now it?s time to remember his life and celebrate his work.
About the Author
CHEO HODARI COKER is a hip hop journalist turned Hollywood screenwriter. His writing has appeared in VIBE, Spin, the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Bay Guardian, The Village Voice, Premiere, Details, The Face, Rolling Stone, Essence, The Source, XXL, The Bomb Hip-Hop Magazine, URB, and Rap Pages. He has worked on feature film scripts about Bob Marley, Tupac Shakur, and Marion Barry for Warner Brothers, MTV Networks, and HBO.