CJ Wallace: B.I.G. Shoes to Fill

As we interviewed CJ Wallace, son of hip-hop legend Notorious B.I.G., we couldn’t help but notice his father’s traits come across; the younger Wallace is equally as funny and charming as his father once was.

Still, CJ is miles away from Kenny, the forlorn character he portrays in the new Will Ferrell-led film Everything Must Go. In EMG, Wallace and Ferrell’s down-on-his-luck Nick character forge a unique friendship.

Here the 14-year-old talks to XXLMag.com about his dad’s legacy, working with Ferrell, and Odd Future’s Tyler, the Creator. — Jesús Triviño Alarcón

XXLMag.com: Talk about your character in Everything Must Go.

CJ Wallace: Kenny, he’s a loner. He’s a real lonely kid who doesn’t have any friends. His sister is the only adult who looks after him because his mom works late. All he does is ride his bike around the neighborhood. [One day] he notices this stuff out on [his neighbor's] lawn. Kenny sees that as an opportunity to possibly gain a friend. He ends up becoming best friends with him [Will Ferrell's character].

XXLMag.com: Are you a fan of Will Ferrell?

Wallace: Definitely, I love all of his movies. My favorite is Talladega Nights because I can watch it all the time. I can never get tired of it. It’s too funny [Laughs].

XXLMag.com: How was it working with him?

Wallace: It was great. He’s a cool dude. He was kind of different than what I expected. I thought he’d be the guy to crack jokes all the time. He can be real serious. [We had] a good relationship. It was almost like [real life] Kenny and Nick. He was real helpful off-set. He helped me out with stuff I didn’t really understand. He’s real easy to work with and he made me feel comfortable all the time.

XXLMag.com: How was your relationship with director Dan Rush?

Wallace: Dan is amazing. He’s cool. He’s a pushover [Laughs]. I’m kidding. He’s a great guy. He helped me with everything. Whenever I had questions he answered them.

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  • thedjpeterblunt

    CJ…I’m thinking…..maybe you should be a Knicks fan considering how the Lakers just fell off the horse!!!!!!

    stay up bruh
    (I know your Dad is smiling down on you!!!!)


  • Los Angelez Angelz

    Good Stuff, it’s good to see he has some sense, purpose and direction. Leave rap alone C.J., there’s nothing in it for you bruh. You wanna make a difference? Stick to acting and find some roles with substance and you’ll be alright. 1

  • Rick

    yup, what Angelz said…..dude doesnt need to be in the rap world to coninue Bigs legacy. ……..and that last line about Fisher…..i can picture Big saying that and laughing it off….

  • Jorge

    good article…R.I.P. Biggie

  • http://www.xxlmag.com David L

    Great article, always wondered about his son’s relationship with Diddy.

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  • Deezy Baby

    Honestly….that just brought the moisture to my eyes. Very well spoken kid and you just cant help but to hear BIG’s voice in all his responses. Im sure he know’s to a certain degree but not to the fullest extent YET but……C.J……Your father was the greatest thing to ever happen to Brooklyn! We loved your father like The King of N.Y. that he truely was and we still do! We Always Will!!!…especially ALL OF US IN BROOKLYN!!!

  • sb

    i would of loved to see the interection between now cj and his dad had he still been here.. You could hear biggie “yo mah is nice with his…word” ” im tellin you”