PartyLines- photographs by Patrick McMullan

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‘Notorious’ Premiere

AMC Lincoln Square. January 7, 2008. By Bennett Marcus

You played Biggie’s mom. Can you rhyme now? “Little Jack Horner sat in the corner. Not one bit.” —Angela Bassett

Mary J Blige

How did you prepare to play Biggie? “I just ate a lot of food. Marlon Brando–style Method acting with the cotton balls to give me the extra chin I needed.” —Jamal Woolard

Beyoncé Knowles

Courtney B. Vance

What’s your favorite memory of Biggie? “I used to have to talk him into getting onstage because his shoes were never right.” —Sean Combs

Faith Evans

Andre Harrell

Did Sean Combs give you any advice about how to play him? “He told me to talk to everybody around him. He says, ‘If I tell you, then I’m going to be lying.’” —Derek Luke

Busta Rhymes


Angela Basset played you. How’d she do? “I really see me there.” —Voletta Wallace

DJ Skribble

Doug E. Fresh

You play Tupac Shakur. Who do you think shot him? “You.” —Anthony Mackie

Cheo Hodari Coker


Are you at the top of your game right now? “I keep evolving. There’s not a lot of artists who get better as their career goes, especially in hip-hop.” —Fabolous

DJ Clue

Ed Lover

What’s your favorite memory of Biggie? “Recording “Last Day.” I had a rhyme —he made me throw it out and do another one that ended up being one of my best rhymes ever in life.” —Jadakiss

Andre Royo

Antonique Smith

You play D-Roc, Biggie’s best friend. Did you meet with him to prepare? “It was kind of challenging. D-Roc was incarcerated at the time, so I didn’t have a one-on-one with him.” —Dennis L.A. White



Why is the violent, drug-dealing life so perversely attractive? “Those edgy things are always attractive. Most women, they want the bad guy. They say they want a good guy, but they cling to the bad guys.” —Kevin Phillips

Robert Teitel

DJ Cassidy

Where did you eat in Brooklyn? “Ikea food court. Most of my time was spent there.” —Chet Cannon, Real World: Brooklyn

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