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Biggie: Voletta Wallace Remembers Her Son, Christopher Wallace, aka Notorious B.I.G. Hardcover – Bargain Price, November 1, 2005
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"Ms. Voletta Wallace is a gracious and wonderfully honest and sincere human being. I'm glad others are finally getting the opportunity to hear this very special soul share her grief, strength, hope and the painful reality of life without her precious baby boy.
"She is an incredibly strong woman who makes all of us proud of her grace in the face of ugliness. Read this book and remember this Jamaican American Queen and her uniquely talented son Christopher."
-- Afeni Shakur-Davis
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BIG's mother Voletta writes this book in a heart felt way, away from all the trash written about her son and his friends and associates.
She discusses her sons 'true friends' and his former relationships. She sheds light on his relationship with Faith and Kim and doesnt really paint a nice picture of what Kim was really like behind closed doors.
This book is written to honor Christopher's memory and all the good things he achieved in his life. She claims to tell the truth about his life and you know she truely did love her son
Voletta is a outstanding individual, over coming cancer twice, losing her son and starting up a charity in honor of her son. Not a lot of people could say they did all of that in one life time.
This is a sensational book, I read it in one sitting in about 3 hours. Its an easy read with lots of pictures, it made me a little sad due to all the sentiment and heart felt words and inspiring poetry. This could also be because I am such a huge fan of BIG.
If your a fan please please buy this book, you will not regret it. You will definately see a different side to BIG than what the media portrayed about him, Tupac, Puffy and Lil' Kim.
The book is a large-print hardcover, with occasional pictures throughout; After Ms. Wallace accounts her own life and Christopher's childhood, she describes her life during his rise to fame as a rap artist. From there, she goes into her perspective on the night he was murdered, and what has happened in the years since his death.
The narrative is very good, she doesn't short-shrift on Biggie's shortcomings: She speaks frankly about her disapproval of his choice to be a street-level drug peddler, as well about 'girl crazy' Christopher's philandering, and her initial anger concerning his whirlwind romance & marriage to Faith Evans. The same frankness also goes for some of the others in Christopher's life, e.g. Puffy ("The truth is, Christopher accepted the illusion of a friend and mentor for about $25,000. That's the amount Puffy lured my son with... It was enough money to make my son believe that Puffy was ready to do anything for him...That same admiration and loyalty have [Shyne] in jail with a ten-year sentence"), Cease ("It was me, Voletta Wallace, who [bailed Cease out and] waited for almost a year to get my money back... I guess in a business of lies and deception it just sounded better for him to say it was Jay-Z who bailed him out... Perhaps the whole lie put him in good standing...") She sheds light on her initial reaction to Biggie & Faith's marriage & breakup, and stresses there was no feuding with her after his death, but Kim's behavior became increasingly troublesome ("her album was about to drop that week... whenever the television was on, there she was. it seemed to me, that she was never talking about herself. every other breath awas about my son... she had something new and more salacious to say about my son".)
She also goes into interesting accounts on the Tupac/Biggie feud, and her friendship with Afeni Shakur, as the two are bound by their son's early deaths and legacies.