Truth matters to Biggie's mom

ImageVoletta Wallace wants to clear some things up about her son, Christopher, the iconic rapper known as Notorious B.I.G., and his 1997 murder.

No, she didn't argue over funeral arrangements with Faith Evans, the singer who was B.I.G.'s wife.

Yes, she's disappointed in Diddy, whom she says has exploited the rapper's image since his death.

And no, B.I.G.'s death had nothing to do with Tupac, who was killed six months earlier. Reports have always linked the killings.

Last month, Wallace released Biggie: Voletta Wallace Remembers Her Son, Christopher Wallace, aka Notorious B.I.G. The book debunks what she calls "media-perpetuated falsehoods."

Despite her claims, she supports the Diddy-produced Duets: The Final Chapter, a tribute CD coming out this month. Wallace stopped in Dallas yesterday to promote the book and the album.

"I'm trying to promote my son's legacy, trying to keep it alive," she said last night at the Hotel Crescent Court. "Yes, Puffy [Diddy] does get a percentage, but on a scale of 1 to 10, he's about a 2." Here's more from Wallace:

Q: Why did you decide to write a book?

A: I'd lost my identity. I was Biggie's mother, so this book is about Voletta Wallace and a boy, a man, my baby, who was Chris Wallace (left).

Q: How does your image of your son differ from the one the world has?

A: Everyone sees my son as an entertainer, a rapper, a drug dealer, a gangster, a womanizer, a monster. I saw my son, kind, gentle, imaginative. I saw a human being.

Q: Who do you think killed your son?

A: I know who killed my son. When it comes out, a few people will be brought to justice. It had nothing to do with retaliation, nothing to do with Tupac. This was about someone fighting for power, and they wanted someone out of the way, and they chose my son.

Lori Price

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