Junior M.A.F.I.A were the epitome of 'Young, Black and Fly' in the 1990's. With Lil' Kim as their front-woman; this rap group were the flyest individuals on MTV (tbh everyone on Bad Boy Records was in that era). They really had it all: fame, money, chart hits and most of all, loyalty to one another. They came across as a real family and lived up to their group title of 'M.A.F.I.A'....Well, so it seemed until the tragic murder of their mentor- the legendary rapper, Notorious B.I.G. Sadly, without his leadership, things began to unravel and all that we saw as outsiders fell apart and came to an end.
The below documentary and collection of home videos really gives us an interesting insight into the ghetto fabulous lifestyles that they led, as well as detailing a story of real friendship and betrayal. One of my fave moments of this film is when Junior Mafia casually hopped on a flight to visit Missy Elliott (as one does), where they spontaneously decided to throw a pool party which was attended by Mary J Blige and Queen Latifah. There seemed to be a real genuine sense of comradery amongst celebrities at that time. Outside of award shows and before all of the social media that we have today- they really did get along and hang out! (there is even a part in this documentary where they hop on a flight to visit actress and model Pamela Anderson at her home).
The golden age of Hip Hop and R&B!
Unfortunately, the comradeship within the group did not reflect all the bottle popping and flight hopping that we saw. Very soon after Biggie's death, their loyalty was greatly tested. A very interesting watch. The rise and fall of Junior M.A.F.I.A. Life after Biggie...