In Biggie: I Got a Story to Tell (2021), the Netflix documentary features rare footage and in-depth interviews with the rap legend and documents his journey to music stardom. Directed by Emmett Malloy, the documentary also features interviews from his mother Voletta Wallace and music artist Sean Combs. YouTuber James Profetto from the channel Reel James, shares his thoughts on the documentary.
Biggie: I Got a Story to Tell does provide some new information, a fresh approach to his story and allows us to understand his complex life. Even though it didn’t execute very well 100 percent of the way, I do think that there are different techniques that director Emmett Malloy, employs that really helps the documentary get to another level.
By the end of the documentary, the film left the YouTuber a little disappointed and somewhat underwhelmed. Yes there is very cool never before seen footage, and very deep and interesting interviews from Biggie’s mother, but overall, it doesn’t have that big emotional impact the YouTuber is hoping for.
James notes the documentary does really speak to him as a hip-hop fan and as a fan of Biggie, growing up and listening to his music. However, the film seems a bit “muddy” and seems to dwell too long on the part of Biggie’s life when he was into drugs and only glazed over other moments like his relationship with Tupac and Faith Evans.
It almost felt like the documentary kind of got stuck in the mud when talking about Biggie dealing crack. I think the director focused way too much on that and unfortunately rushed through his relationship with Tupac and things that happened later on in his life.
YouTuber James Profetto from the channel Reel James, rates and reviews new movies and TV shows regularly.