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Notorious (2009)

This biopic was something of a disappointment, but is that really any surprise? After all, who could possibly make themselves into Biggie, Tupac, and the rest of their talented associates? It might be fun for casual kicks, but don't look to it as a historical source.

Notorious B.I.G.: Bigger Than Life (2007)

This is a great biographical documentary that includes interviews from Biggie's childhood friends and fellow rappers including Method Man, Diddy, Easy Mo Bee, Common and Raekwon. The focus is more on Biggie's music and style than a linear biography, but it will be enjoyable for anyone interested in his career.

Biggie and Tupac (2002)

This relatively terrible documentary tries to provide a deeper exploration of the unsolved killings of both rappers, suggesting that the blame for the murders is on police and record execs. Worthy though the cause might be, the film is disappointingly voyeuristic and sensational.

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