Faith Evans condemns Lifetime documentary about her relationship with Notorious BIG
I feel upset that I’m attached to it, said the singer, who claims she was duped into taking part
Faith Evans has condemned a forthcoming Lifetime documentary about her intense and tragic relationship with the Notorious BIG, claiming she was duped into taking part in it.
Biggie and Faith Evans explores the singer’s life with her late husband Christopher Wallace, aka the rapper Notorious BIG, who was killed in a drive-by shooting in 1997. Evans says she had been told the documentary would be a positive piece as opposed to a programmed dredging up all the sensationalized events that occurred.
I feel upset that I’m attached to it, she told Page Six. I was told that it would be a positive piece with a little more of my personal background. It wasn’t pitched to me as a story rehashing the sensationalized events that took place. I am beyond that and have no need to open old wounds, damage repaired relationships and, above all, soil the legacy of Christopher Wallace aka the Notorious BIG. Faith Evans Claims She Was Tricked Into Appearing In Biggie Smalls Documentary
Promotional copy for the show states: Twenty years after the iconic rapper’s murder, Faith Evans is ready to confront her pain and revisit the most intimate moments of their relationship… from their whirlwind engagement, to Biggie’s ongoing affairs with Lil’ Kim and Charlie Baltimore, to the East coast/West coast rivalry that led to Tupac and Big’s deaths.
Evans, however, believes it is time to move on from those topics. The Tupac stuff, the different women, she said, how many times are people going to talk about that? It was supposed to be a love story, and it turns into cheating and Kim. We’ve come so far past that all about drama.
Notorious BIG and Evans were one of hip-hops biggest power couples in the Nineties. They got married in 1994 after knowing each other for just eight days, having met because they were part of the same record label, Bad Boy Records. Throughout their marriage, Notorious BIG’s affairs with rappers Lil Kim and Charlie Baltimore made headlines. Despite informally separating, Evans was still married to the star when he died in 1997.
Evans said she would not be promoting the documentary. It’s about my morals, she said. I would never do business I’m not proud of at this point in my career. I’m not happy.
Amazon Music has unveiled a new mini-documentary that coincides with the 25th anniversary of the Notorious B.I.G.’s debut album, Ready to Die. The landmark album was released on September 13th, 1994. The nearly nine-minute The Birth of Biggie: 25 Years of Ready to Die offers a retrospective via a series of interviews with those that worked with the late rapper along with archival tape from the man himself. Biographer CheoHodari Coker, album producers Easy Mo Bee and DJ Mister Cee and former SVP of Promotions for Arista/Bad Boy Rob Stone provide commentary. Archival audio and photos featuring Biggie are also included.
In the video, DJ Mister Cee describes Biggie as being very shy when they first met, but things changed when he was behind the mic. When he started rapping, it was like he became a different person, he said. Biggie Smalls also reflects on the impetus behind the album via archival audio recorded by Coker. I made the record for New York, but I want the world to hear it, Biggie said. I want to be that one nigga that come in, represent and bow down, like, ‘Thank you all.’ Thank the crowd for having me this long. I love you all for that.