you doing today?
fine, thank you.
you feel about the way "Duets" came out?
I was just
telling everyone that I think it came out beautifully. I am very impressed
with the album. Everyone that came to work on it came with great spirit.
The energy was there, the love was there, and it was put together out
of a lot of love for my son.
were you in the project?
involved. Anything that is associated with my son, I have to be involved.
Some of the artists, I asked personally to be on it. I spoke to Rita Marley,
Afeni, Jay-Z. It's just a great thing.
any characteristics you wanted the artists to have before you asked them
to get on the album?
they know my son, they love my son, they have
to want to be on the album. Everyone wanted to be on it. There was a hunger
to be on it. That's what is so great about it. Every artist that wanted
to be on this truly wanted to be on this. Their performance was genuine,
it was from the heart. It came out of love.
your favorite track on the album?
a couple of them on it. My most favorite is the Bob Marley track. I love
the Jay-Z track and I love the 2Pac track.
says, "The Final Chapter," will this be the final Biggie album?
It will be
the final album as far as work is concerned. There's not going to be another
Biggie album except for his "Greatest Hits." There's other unreleased
work, but not for an album. There's not going to be a "Duets II."
The only thing left now is the "Greatest Hits."
of old material sounds dated
why do you think Biggie's music doesn't
sound dated in 2005?
was unique. He's one of a kind. Because the love was there, the voice
was there. Everything that he spits out sounds like he did it yesterday.
any specific reasons why Junior Mafia or Kim isn't on the album?
have time, she was heading out to prison. Cease was on an outtake. We
didn't exclude anyone from it.
is associated with Bad Boy, but this record is coming out on Atlantic.
B.I.G. is still associated with Bad Boy, what happened is Puffy is no
longer with Arista or Universal. Puffy is now with Atlantic, and that's
why we're here with Atlantic.
yours and Puff's relationship today?
bad. We never had a bad relationship. We have a business relationship.
You show me a business relationship where everything is 100% good and
I'll show you a phony relationship. Every relationship, even a married
couple, is going to have problems. Some of the problems are good problems,
problems that we can solve. Puffy is my partner. I have a great deal of
respect for him and he has a great deal of respect for me. That does not
mean that I can not speak my mind. If I speak my mind and someone doesn't
like it, that's too bad. That's honest speaking.
of artists like to add Biggie to their freestyles or songs without any
authorization. How do you feel about those collaborations?
of pisses me off! That's what I call exploitation. I love the fact that
they want to use my son's words and that they want to be a part of my
son. But ask me! Ask for it. I'm definitely not going to say no. If I
feel that it's going to be garbage, of course I'm going to say no. But
if you need to do something and I heard it and I have a great deal of
respect for it, I'll say you can use it. But when you go behind my back
with it, that's very disrespectful.
all of the t-shirts with your son's images on it, are you trying to shut
down the sale of those?
Yes. We are
in the process of doing all of that now. This has been going on for over
five years, people using my son's images. They'll take my son's images
out of magazines and next thing you know, there will be t-shirts out.
We are policing every individual that's using the images without our permission.
Every unauthorized piece, we're going to get them.
feel like a lot of people are out there misrepresenting what Big stood
lot of people abusing his music and abusing his images. They're still
is it that you stay on-point with your business?
I have to
be. That's the only way we're going to get along in this world. Yes, I
wrote a book, and that's a part of my business, that's Ms. Wallace's business.
As far as this album here is concerned, I'm working for my grandchildren
and I'm working for me. This is my son's legacy that I have to solidify,
have to keep in tact, and have to keep going. I have to be on-point with
said in past interviews that some of the things Biggie has said in songs
weren't true, like how "Christmas missed us," in "Juicy"
That's the truth. I usually celebrate Christmas. It was about 15 years
ago when I became a Jehovah's Witness that we didn't celebrate Christmas.
I believe what Christopher was mentioning in his lyrics was that the reason
Christmas missed us was because we were so damn poor because we didn't
have money to buy presents. Have you ever seen Christopher's apartment?
That was no one-room shack to me.
at the effect he still has on people today, do you feel like the overall
outcome is good even though he said some things that may not have been
bending the truth. He was an artist. He was a lyricist. He was a poet.
He was writing rhymes. It doesn't matter. He wrote things about me too.
It doesn't matter. That's what an artist does. That's what a poet does.
He used his imagination, and that's what makes him so great.
keep up with what's going on in Hip Hop today?
I'll listen to what's out. If it's good, I'll buy it. I'm not a person
that goes around looking for Hip Hop and putting it in my family room
or car. There are wonderful artists out there with tremendous talent.
I do listen to their work if it's good.
you feel when you see artists fighting amongst each other today?
very few. For those who really take it to the highest level and use it
as a negative platform, my advice to them is that they need to educate
themselves and get on with their lives. Life is too precious for individuals
to be out there fighting on wax. Spread love.
have plans for more books?
Yes. I have
plans for some children's books. Who knows, maybe another Notorious book.
Right now, I just want to promote this book, take some time off and relax,
and move on from there.
the memoir on Biggie hard for you?
No, it wasn't.
It was great therapy for me. It was wonderful therapy because the book
Biggie is about mostly me. The reason it came about is because nobody
knew me. They associate me with the Notorious B.I.G. I am a daughter too,
and I am a human being. They need to see Ms. Wallace, the woman, not just
"Biggie's mom." I am an individual and I have an identity.
feel like the Hip Hop community only sees you as Biggie's mom?
they do. They do the "Biggie's mom" thing out of love and respect,
but at the end of the day, I am who I am, and I am Voletta Wallace.
do a lot of public speaking?
No, I honestly
don't. I've never thought of it. I'm a private citizen. I live my life
accordingly. If I'm asked to do something and I think the subject warrants
attention, I will do it, but at the same time I have done a few, but I
haven't done a lot.
next for you?
Next is the
movie. Movie will start production hopefully in March or April. This is
not a documentary. It's a movie about his life. And we're finishing up
who will play Christopher?
lot of proposals coming in. I haven't decided yet. There's a lot, and
trust me, at the end of the day we will find the one that we want to represent
Brooklyn Mint doing?
Mint so far is doing very well. We have t-shirts in stores now and the
full line will hopefully be in stores Fall 2006. Brooklyn Mint will be
you want kids today to remember who Big was?
I just want
kids to remember him as a great human being, an honest human being, a
wonderful father, a great entertainer, and a wonderful lyricist. He was
somebody who enjoyed his work, enjoyed people, and enjoyed life.
do you have to offer kids today who want a career in Hip Hop?
avenues you want to take in life, you need to think hard and make sure
that whatever the profession is, you have a love for it and give it your
all. That will make you one of the happiest humans on the face of the
do you have for mothers out there that have children that want a career
in Hip Hop?
I would tell
the mothers to listen to their sons and daughters. Don't turn your nose
up to it, especially if you don't know about it. You have to meet your
children half-way. They're not trying to hurt anybody. They're trying
to make a life for themselves. What they write may be offensive, but offensive
to who? These young men are working, they're not hurting anyone. If anyone
is hurt, it's because they want to be hurt. Listen to what your children
have to say.
feel like the older generation is against Hip Hop?
Not all parents,
but some people put it down because they take these things too literally.
If someone gets hurt or killed, they blame it on Hip Hop. That's not fair
to the artists. What they need to do is spend some time and listen to
the artists. They're not running out there with guns shooting everyone.
They're using their talents to make people happy. The ones who don't like
it are the minority. Let's think of how many people they're making happy.
you like to say to everyone out there reading this?
will be out in stores December 20, and I want to thank everyone who's
supported my son over the years and is still supporting him. I want to
give them my love and give them my thanks on behalf of my family.