It’s no secret that Lil Kim is not supportive of the upcoming film “Notorious,” a biopic about her late friend, mentor and lover, Notorious B.I.G.
The pint-sized rapper told Hip-Hop Weekly that she blames Biggie’s mother, Voletta Wallace, and his widow, singer Faith Evans, for what she calls a negative portrayal.
“I’ve had enough and I’m about to expose them both. … I’ve been quiet for a long time,” Kim told the magazine. “I’m very disappointed in Faith. There’s nothing Faith or Ms. Wallace could do to stop me from reppin’ B.I.G. all day. I’m gonna always do that. … It’s time for Ms. Wallace to be exposed.” “I was not involved in the movie,” she continued. “[The filmmakers] never came and asked me anything about Biggie, but again, this was Faith and Ms. Wallace’s movie.”
Furthermore, Kim – who has not seen the film – said she thought actress Naturi Naughton was a bad choice to play her and that Jamal Woolard was not the right actor to portray Big.
Naughton, meanwhile, told MTV that she had to make do without Kim’s involvement while researching the role.
“I had the guys from Junior Mafia [Biggie’s entourage and labelmates on Bad Boy records] help me out a lot,” Naughton said. “I really just researched on my own. I studied videos and spent time in Brooklyn to get an idea of the mentality.”
When asked about her attempt to contact Lil Kim, Naughton cryptically offered, “I don’t know. I tried to reach out to her. I think there was some conflict. I’m not sure.”
Faith Evans, who was married to Biggie, told MTV.com, “I don’t know what [Kim] wanted. But we all signed the same agreement to be portrayed in the movie.”
“I try my best not to think about it. It’s kinda sad,” she continued. “I got four kids, and I definitely don’t have time for this type of sh**. It’s just sad. I don’t know Kim’s story like that. The part of my life that she was a part of, that’s what was in my book. This movie is not relative to my book other than that there are certain things in there. This is not my movie. I didn’t write the script. Any characters in the film had to agree for their life rights to be in the movie. I don’t think I would have signed anything had I felt I was not portrayed properly. I think she had the opportunity to do that. I could be mistaken. I wasn’t there.”
“It’s not like [the film’s producers] are calling Faith to write something about somebody,” Evans added. “It’s based on a book that I think she participated in as well [Editor’s note: ‘Notorious’ is based on the biography ‘Unbelievable: The Life, Death and Afterlife of the Notorious B.I.G.,’ by Cheo Hedari Coker.] I don’t know what to say. I think that beyond myself, Ms. Wallace or whoever else she wants to blame, everyone who was around Big at that time has had some things to say about [her relationship with Biggie] in order for Cheo to even write the book. He interviewed pretty much all of us. She’s sadly mistaken. I’m aware of what she has to say, and that’s fine. I don’t know what to say. God bless her.“