• Mariah Reeve

TV Preview: 'USA’s Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and The Notorious B.I.G.'


Christopher “Biggie Smalls” Wallace, better known as Notorious B.I.G., inspired Wavvy Jonez to become a hip-hop artist. Jonez now gets to play “Biggie Smalls” in a new show called "USA’s Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and The Notorious B.I.G." The show airs Feb. 27, 2018.

At a winter TV press tour panel on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, Wavvy called the killings of the two hip-hop legends, Tupac Shakur (played by Marcc Rose) in 1996 and Biggie Smalls in 1997, “a tragedy,” according to USA Today.

Jonez, a newcomer to acting, was found via social media, stating that he could relate to Biggie’s life as a New York hip-hop artist. He reflected on the things that the Notorious B.I.G. went through while chasing his dreams, such as becoming so popular and then having it tragically destroyed.

Rose, who made his big-screen debut playing Tupac in 2015's "Straight Outta Compton," said he learned more about the Tupac in researching for the role.

"I'm used to seeing him as an artist and not knowing why he did certain things. Digging deep into, I was able to see we relate in so many ways," said Rose, who met Tupac’s brother and mother.

"Unsolved" could explore other crimes in future installments; this season will examine the investigations of Shakur’s murder, one of which was conducted in 1996 and the other which was done in 2007. One is led by Detective Russell Poole (played by Jimmi Simpson) and the other by Detective Greg Kading (played by Josh Duhamel).

The show also looks at the friendship of the two before they had their falling out.

"It meant a lot to me to go back and try to find what could have disconnected these two," Jonez said. "I wanted to go back and find out who Christopher Wallace was, not just The Notorious B.I.G."