Notorious is a 2009 biopic about the life and death of one of the most popular and most talented hip-hop artists of all time, The Notorious B.I.G. , or Christopher Wallace. The film follows Wallace (Jamal Woolard) from the rough streets of Brooklyn to his success on stage and in the recording studio. Through the startalingly accurate telling of the young artists life we meet all the major players in Wallace's life including Violetta Wallace (Angela Bassett), Sean Combs (Derek Luke), Tupak Shakur (Anthony Mackie), Lil' Kim (Naturi Naughton), and Faith Evans (Antonique Smith). From drug dealing and a close call with jail time to the studio and sixty-foot yachts, this film gives a glimpse into the fast and short life of a beloved music legend and attempts to answer some of the mystery surrounding his unfortunate murder. The actual Violetta Wallace cried when meeting Jamal Woolard because he looked and acted so perfectly similar to her deceased son.