How Notorious B.I.G. Lyrics Became Web Sensation, ‘The Smalls Family’ Creator Explains
It's too bad Notorious B.I.G. isn't alive to watch the web series "The Smalls Family" that is based on lyrics from his songs.
On Tuesday, the late rapper's 41st birthday, show creator David Catalano released two new episodes, "Unbelievable" and "Party & Bullsh-t."
In March, Catalano, an assistant director with an extensive list of credits in music videos, film and television, debuted the first three episodes of "The Smalls Family," "Warning," "Big Poppa" and "Going Back To Cali."
Notorious B.I.G. in "Warning" video.
The series stars three main characters, Tess Strohm (Katie Smalls), James Hook (Big Poppa) and Jill Bresnahan (Step Momma Smalls). All are hilarious as they literally recite Biggie's lyrics word-for-word as the script's dialogue.
Catalano, who has worked on "Men In Black 3," "The Smurfs" and "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," said learning the "The Smalls Family" script was more difficult for the actors than a regular feature.
LISTEN: Interview with "The Smalls Family" creator Dave Catalano
"Yes, it took some rehearsals," Catalano told Hip Hop Media Training. "Biggie has a cool language and a unique way of how he translates his emotions, his stories in such a unique way that you really have to [listen]."