The Notorious B.I.G. was not a man who was shy about his love of taking tokes of the marijuana smoke. Neither is the late rapper’s son, CJ Wallace. That makes a move into the cannabis industry seem like a natural step for the 22-year-old actor – but equally, he knows he has to do right by the name of his father.
I was thinking: how do we do it, other than just putting Biggie on bongs and Biggie on blunts?” he tells me. “Other than that, how do we really do it?”
We’re gently baking in the sun outside Wallace’s business partner Willie Mack’s home in the Los Feliz neighbourhood of Los Angeles. The pair met in May last year, after Wallace had wrapped shooting the third season of horror spinoff series Scream. He was on the hunt for someone who could help him use the Notorious B.I.G. name for something more than a cheap branding exercise. Mack, with a long background in cannabis marketing, was the man for the job.