• Lil’ Cease: My Life Is A Movie, Pt.1 ( Online Article Feature)

    James Lloyd, 30, of Brooklyn has led a life usually reserved for men with balding scalps and graying beards. But Lloyd, better known as Lil’ Cease is no ordinary man. When he was just a young teen he clicked with Christopher Wallace and a few other neighborhood kids to form the Junior M.A.F.I.A. Wallace would go on to become The Notorious B.I.G. and usher in a rebirth of New York hip-hop, spark the rise of the Bad Boy empire, and cement a legacy as one of greatest rappers of all time. But the plot didn’t play out exactly as they planned. Biggie and Co. became embattled in an ugly coastal feud with the California-based Death Row Records and his former friend, Tupac Shakur. It played out like a movie the way headlines were made with each taunt, dis record, and ultimately the deaths of Biggie and ‘Pac. Cease was on the front lines for everything, including the aftermath that saw him, Lil’ Kim and the M.A.F.I.A. part ways. Now, with the production of next year’s Biggie biopic “Notorious” wrapped, Cease-a-Leo looks back on a story that can make a young man feel old.
    By the time the movie hits theaters, 12 years will have passed since Biggie’s death. With this movie, though, it’s still fresh to a lot of people and every detail is sure to be scrutinized. To you, is the film as close as a representation as you would like it to be?
    Yeah, you want things to be 100 percent real as possible. But you know, when you’re doing things in a movie form, some things are going to get tweaked. It’s somewhat real, but it may not be exactly what we said because we might have to change certain words for TV. ‘Cause once I was up there, there was a lot of stuff I would look at and go: ‘Nah, we wouldn’t say that.’ But the director [George Tillman, Jr.] would tell me, This movie is coming from the perspective where there are 45 million other people who might not have known who B.I.G was. You want everybody to be able to understand what’s going on. So instead of using all this slang that they might not understand, you have to use language that everyone will get. So a lot of times that happened, but a lot of times you had your freedom [as a consultant]. So that’s a good part of it. But I was there everyday on set to make sure everything was there. When they shoot certain parts, for them to know it was right, they have to go, Cease, is this how it happened? And I’ll tell them.
    At the time, the East Coast/West Coast rivalry was mostly covered in magazines, today it would have been online daily. Is there still more details to unearth?
    All the dots will come [together]. Now people will really get to see everything. It’s different than reading it, to see it visually and see how it happened. The incident at Quad, the whole B.I.G. and Tupac relationship; so people really get a chance to see what happened. Maybe it’ll change their perspective about the way they think about things. Because even to this day, people have things to say.
    Like Chuck Philips. Although he recanted his story about the Quad incident, he still stands by his story on Biggie being behind ‘Pac’s killing.
    When I heard about it, I was just…I don’t know man. I look at people like that and I try to understand. What’s your reasoning of doing these things? Both of these people are not here. These people got parents and kids, why do you want to stir something up that won’t make things better, they’ll make things worse? Why would you do it and you’re not a 100 percent sure about these things. What’s your purpose on doing that? What are you trying to get out of it? What’s your angle? When he tried to put B.I.G in Vegas, like, Damn, you don’t understand, people can get hurt by the things you’re putting out there.