CJ Wallace is following in the B.I.G. footsteps his father left behind.
Wallace was only a few months old when his father The Notorious B.I.G. was murdered on March 9, 1997. But, Biggie’s presence has loomed over him all his life and it looks as if his spirit is going to live through him in song as well.
In an interview with London-based EveningStandard, young CJ revealed that he was in the studio working on his debut album. It will be a project with his half-brother Joshua Jahad Russaw, Faith Evans’ son from her second marriage. They hope to have it completed and released by the end of the year.
“At a young age I always knew I wanted to do music, it was inevitable,” he said. “My family [has] always had my back, whatever I’ve wanted to do they’ve supported. They were always giving me advice on what to do and how to go about things.”
Wallace portrayed a young Biggie in the 2009 biopic Notorious. He would later appear in the films Everything Must Go and Kicks alongside Mahershala Ali. He says he doesn’t plan on playing his father in any future films because they do not look alike.
Wallace also revealed his ambitions to direct films, with his first idea being a movie about people who live his autism. The idea is inspired by his half-brother Russaw who has it.
“I’d like to tell the story of what he is going through. A lot of people don’t understand [the issue]. I want to bring awareness to that and special needs in general.”
If you want a taste of was CJ sounds like, check out his interview with Ebro in the Morning back in 2014.