VH1 will analyze the life of the Notorious B.I.G.
in its popular series, "Driven." The show will chronicle the earliest
years of the rapper, explore his Catholic school education, his dealing drugs
on the street and the relationship he had with his family. Each episode of "Driven"
is dedicated to a single artist, searching for what propelled the artist to succeed,
Viewers will see B.I.G.'s first steps into the
world of music, including the rap groups and cliques from school days, the local
jazz musician who took the 12-year-old boy under his wing and taught him music
theory, how he accomplished his record deal with Bad Boy, how he brought Junior
M.A.F.I.A. and Lil Kim to prominence and the business plans that he had prior
to being murdered in Los Angeles.
Rare and never before seen footage will be featured
on "Driven," including his first ever studio recording (rapping with
his childhood group The Techinques), sample pages from his childhood notebook
filled with lyrics and behind the scenes footage of Biggie at home and on tour.
Viewers can go online to VH1.com
and check out a photo flip-book of rare photos, exclusive video clips of Notorious
BIG in the early days plus additional features and info on all the artists included
in the series. The show premiers August 20th.