It Was All a Dream: Biggie and the World That Made Him

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Harry N. Abrams
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5.6 X 8.9 X 1.1 inches | 0.85 pounds

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About the Author
Justin Tinsley is a senior sports and culture reporter with ESPN's The Undefeated. In his six years with the company, Tinsley has written thought-provoking commentary and journalism on a range of subjects including Marvin Gaye, Malcom X, James Baldwin, Serena Williams, Kendrick Lamar, and Cardi B, with a focus on the intersection of sports, race, and culture. He is a regular panelist on ESPN's daily sports debate talk show Around the Horn. A graduate of Hampton University and Georgetown University, he lives in Washington, DC.
"It Was All A Dream is a must-read for any hip-hop fan who seeks to understand the journey of one of the most important artists of the twentieth century. There are a number of important, never-been-told-before stories that Justin Tinsley deftly weaves throughout this biography to create a thorough, brilliant account of the legacy of the Notorious B.I.G."--Brian Nolan, Executive Vice-President, Motown Records
"Sometimes a legend is larger than life. But the legend without the life is like a hype man with no one to hype. Similar to 'the Black Frank White, ' Justin Tinsley has 'got a story to tell.' It is a biographical story that navigates both legend and life with clarity, vision, and supreme focus, acknowledging the monumental legend of Biggie Smalls while guiding us on a VIP tour of Christopher Wallace's life. It Was All a Dream adds cultural breadth and historical depth to the rich legacy of a 1990s icon who now transcends time."--Dr. Todd Boyd, aka Notorious PhD, Katherine and Frank Price Endowed Chair for the Study of Race and
"I know a lot about Christopher Wallace. More than most. I was blessed to meet him and talk to him on numerous occasions. And yet this book constantly found ways to surprise me. Justin Tinsley has written a classic, one that unlike the whodunit books that have congregated around the Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac, actually focuses on the man behind the mic, his talent and compelling life, and not just on his tragic, infamous death." --Cheo Hodari Coker, creator of Marvel's Luke Cage and author of Unbelievable: The Life, Death, and Af
"This book accomplishes the impossible because it satisfies both hard-core Biggie fans and casual observers. The writing is beautiful, and personal. Justin takes us on a vulnerable journey and dares us to consider Biggie in a way that is broader, nuanced and more complete." --Jemele Hill, contributing writer at the Atlantic
"In this soulful, meticulously reported biography, Justin Tinsley captures the tumultuous life of a young Black male, until now, misunderstood. Finally, the world can connect with Christopher Wallace--before he was Biggie. 'And if you don't know, now you know.'"--Elliott Wilson, Chief Content Officer, TIDAL; cohost of Rap Radar podcast; and coauthor of Ego Trip'
"Revelatory"--Rolling Stone
"Tinsley's sleek, effective biography introduces major figures in Wallace's life, complete with interesting backstories, before we meet the influential rapper, giving readers a solid grounding in the pertinent context . . . . A touching tribute to the Notorious B.I.G. balancing larger-than-life stories with poignant personal moments."--Kirkus
"Meticulously researched . . . . Hip-hop and Biggie fans will appreciate the book's context of his rise to fame and the reminiscences of those closest to him." --Library Journal
"A deeply reported saga of the ephemeral, yet colorful life of The Notorious B.I.G."--USA Today
"There's no telling where he would have gone, but this book does a fine job of tracing how far he managed to go." --Los Angeles Times
"This is more than a biography, it's a snapshot of both the record industry and America itself at crucial junctures for both."--Vulture, "The 18 Best Books of the Year (So Far)
"If you care about Black people, cities, music, culture, and/or the late great Christopher Wallace, this is mandatory reading for you."--Christina Greer, New York Amsterdam News
"It Was All a Dream is a full measure of the man himself, going beyond coverage of his shocking, mysterious murder . . . it's an important book, offering a full-fledged portrait of the late Christopher Wallace."--Nitish Pahwa, Slate
"A brilliant biography."--The Root
"Think you know Biggie Smalls? Until you read this book, you have no idea."--Salon
"A humanizing biography.--The Stacks
"Well-researched biography ... goes an extra mile."--Esquire
"Speaks to a societal perspective." --Teen Vogue