(Los Angeles Times) — Sixteen years after Notorious B.I.G.’s life and career were cut short in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles, his children will pay homage to their iconic father with a new animated series.
“House of Wallace” is anchored around the slain rapper’s two children, 16-year-old C.J. Wallace — who he had with his wife, R&B singer Faith Evans — and 19-year-old T’yanna Wallace, as they fight to maintain his New York City recording studio and preserve his legacy, Ossian Media has announced.
The series takes its name from the studio the Brooklyn-bred rapper, born Christopher Wallace, built once his career took off.
The show’s plot traces the kids’ attempt to curb an international music conglomerate from buying the studio and replacing it with a more cookie-cutter “entertainment factory.” It’s up to Wallace’s kids to re-energize the studio and elevate it to the status of a modern hit-maker.
In an attempt to bring money into the studio, they start a side hustle by creating jingles, which they balance with their own musical projects — of course. Hilarious high jinks are sure to ensue.
The spirit of the slain rapper serves as a central character, appearing to the children in ethereal form to guide them through their misadventures. C.J. and T’yanna will voice their own characters, and the show is expected to feature original songs from guest stars and re-imagined renditions of classics from Wallace’s catalog.
“It’s been 16 years since our Dad was murdered and we miss him dearly. It is such an honor for us to be able to carry on his legacy, not only through his music but also by channeling him through our own creativity,” his children wrote in a statement. “This project, ‘House Of Wallace,’ is a great opportunity for us to bridge the gap between our parents, who loved his music, and the kids and young adults our ages, that were not around to really appreciate it.”
The show has not yet been picked up by a network, although a representative for Ossian says “a few serious networks are in discussion.”
By Gerrick D. Kennedy