Life After Death: The Movie
June 19th, 2007 The Notorious B.I.G. was shot and killed on March 9, 1997, two weeks later his album “Life After Death” was released and went on to sell over 10 million records. Ten years later, “Life After Death: The Movie” chronicles the music family he left behind from 1997-2007 in an epic story of friendship and betrayal. After B.I.G.’s death, his right hand man, D-Roc, manages Lil’ Kim and Junior Mafia through a decade of triumph and tragedy as they live, work and travel the world together ending with the infamous HOT 97 New York City radio station shootout that landed Lil’ Kim and D-Roc in Federal Prison and labeled their former friends as “snitches.”
This true story is told solely from never-seen video footage shot from the crew themselves and takes us through the “golden age” of New York hip hop with vintage footage of the hip hop’s biggest stars from Diddy, The Lox, Mase, Jay-Z and more. Includes footage of the HOT 97 shootout with an end-all exclusive interview with D-Roc, who refused to testify in Lil Kim’s perjury trial for his alleged involvement in the shootout and until now, declined to be interviewed. Narrated by Jamie Hector (“Marlo Stansfield of “The Wire”), this is a must see documentary film about honor and loyalty for every hip hop fan worldwide! In stores on July 3rd.
CREATED BY DAMION BUTLER STORY BY D-ROC MUSIC BY NOTORIOUS B.I.G. NARRATED BY JAMIE HECTOR PRODUCED AND DIRECTED BY APRIL MAIYA
Notorious BIG, D-Roc, Lil Kim, C-Gutta, Lil Cease, Junior MAFIA with appearances from: Diddy, Jay-Z, Mase, Charli Baltimore, Missy, Mary J. Blige, Queen Latifah, Tommy Lee, Pamela Anderson, Jada Kiss, Styles P, Sheek Louch, Big Pun, Sisqo, Snoop Dogg, Redman, Mario Winans, Karrine “Superhead” Steffans, Mr. Marcus, Anthony “Wolf” Jones, Datwon Thomas, Editor-in-Chief of KING magazine
About Damion “D-Roc” Butler:
Damion Butler is a Brooklyn born and bred talent manager. Known to most as “D-Roc” or “D-Rocafella”and as the best friend and right hand to Christopher Wallace a/k/a “Biggie Smalls” or “Notorious BIG”, Damion grew up in the streets of “Nostrand Ave.” along side his best friend from “Bedstuy.” Damion has been the instrumental “behind the scenes” force responsible in shaping the careers of Notorious BIG, Lil Kim, Lil Cease and Junior MAFIA.
In the early days circa 1996, Biggie has just signed a record deal with “bad Boy Entertainment” when the two had a run in with law. Biggie was caught a “gun charge” for a .45 pistol he hid in the trash. D-Roc took the gun charge for Biggie and spent three years in jail freeing Biggie to record his debut album and one of hip hop’s classics, Ready to Die. When D-Roc came home from the bid, they went straight into the studio to work on Biggie’s second and last album titled, Life After Death.
After BIG’s untimely death two weeks before Life After Death was released, Damion formed Roc Management providing talent management for BIG’s protégés Lil Kim, Lil Cease and Junior MAFIA. He also formed Roc Security which provided security for music artists and athletes. Damion was able to successfully help produce “Notorious K.I.M.” and “The Wonderful World of Cease A Leo” and was working towards follow-up albums until an unfortunate incident on February 25, 2001 at NYC radio’s HOT 97 that lead to a “broad daylight” shootout in the street s of Greenwich Villlage.”
Damion was able to successfully help produce “Notorious K.I.M.” and “The Wonderful World of Cease A Leo” and was working towards follow-up albums until an unfortunate incident on February 25, 2001 at NYC radio’s HOT 97 that lead to a “broad daylight” shootout in the street s of Greenwich Villlage.” A Federal trial followed over the incident and would be the demise of the team as it separated Lil Kim who denied seeing Damion the day of the shootout and Lil Cease who testified Damion and other members of the team were present the day of the incident. Lil Kim was sentenced to a year and a day as a result, and Damion was sentenced to three years of which he is still serving prison time. “The truth is what it is, sometimes bad things have to happen in order for you to really see who your friends are,” confesses D-Roc.
About Jamie Hector:
Jamie Hector is an African American actor of Haitian descent who is best known for his portrayal as “Marlo Stansfield” on the critically acclaimed HBO series, The Wire. Jamie resides in Brooklyn, New York and began acting immediately after high school when he auditioned for a community theater co. Jamie then enrolled in college while he continued to audition and book roles on New York Undercover, Third Watch, Law & Order, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, The Beat, and Oz.
His film work dates back to Spike Lee’s Clockers. From there he went on to appear in He Got Game, Ghost Dog, Prison Song, Everyday People and Paid in Full. Jamie attributes a defining moment in his career to the short film Five Deep Breaths directed by Seith Mann. With Jamie in the lead role Five Deep Breaths was an Official Selection of the Cannes, Sundance, Tribeca, and IFP Film Festivals; it went on to accumulate 16 awards. He is currently working in the film Blackout with Melvin Van Peebles and Jeffrey Wright and shooting the next season of The Wire where his role of “Marlo” is becoming a lead. Jamie’s involvement in the Summer 2007 released documentary “Life After Death: The Movie” stems from his love of music and “Notorious BIG” and his “Brooklyn pride”, as he was born and raised in Flatbush, Brooklyn. “Biggie made Brooklyn stand up, he made us proud to be from Brooklyn,” says Jamie, “everybody wants to know about the inner lives and what happened to Biggie’s team, this project has all the footage to show.”