Impact: Gravy Inspired By "Notorious," Puts Rap On Hold

Thursday, Jan 15, 2009 1:25PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Jamal "Gravy" Woolard has announced plans to take a break from hip-hop to pursue his career in acting.

With a new acting credit to his name, Woolard is ready to move away from rapping.

"I was pretty lost... Not understanding which way to go," he said. "I think that God wanted me to do the acting thing. That's why acting is my newfound love. I'll get to music later. It's not important to me now. Some big things is comin'." (Associated Press)

Woolward's departing from hip-hop began to unwind during a New York City shooting on May 9, 2006.

Last night, Funkmaster Flex made an important announcement during his nightly mixshow. "Gravy's records will never play on Hot 97 again," Flex said. "That goes for any artist that gets into an altercation. Whether it's your fault or not, your songs will not play...I'm sorry Gravy." (Vibe Magazine)

Two years later, an opportunity to portray Biggie Smalls in a film guided him into acting.

Producers of the film Notorious have finally found the man to play one of the greatest MCs ever to grace a vocal booth: Christoper "Notorious B.I.G." Wallace. Fellow Brooklyn rapper Jamal Woolard -- better known on the mixtape circuit as Gravy -- has landed the role. While other entertainers such as Beanie Sigel, Guerilla Black and Sean Kingston had expressed interest in the part, the producers conducted an exhaustive search, auditioning thousands of men across the country. (VH1)

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