Ah, the movie soundtrack. Inevitably a cash-in but just occasionally magnificent, they are far from a noble genre. So you wouldn't expect the official soundtrack to a mediocre film (about possibly the greatest ever rapper)to be worth more than a glance. You'd be wrong.
One of the big problems with being a completist when you're a fan of a rapper is that so many of them feature on other people's records, release standalone 12" singles and put out mixtapes that if you're a latecomer, sometimes these are impossible to find.
And it's for this reason that far from just being a movie soundtrack, Notorious is a worthy addition to your CD collection. As well as housing a good number of Biggie's greatest songs, it also features a number of rarer recordings. The three demos closing out the compilation are listenable, but not essential (although they show how fully formed Biggie's skill was so early on). However, the inclusion of the magnificent early single 'Party and Bulls**t', as well as the Stay With Me remix of 'One More Chance,' mean this compilation is for more than just the completists and fans for the movie.