Junior M.A.F.I.A: Life After Biggie

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.

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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...

Sandra x