"Notorious," the excellent new biopic of the slain Brooklyn rapper Notorious B.I.G. -- a.k.a Biggie Smalls, The King of New York and Christopher Wallace -- comes to theaters in mid-January, and Biggie's mother, Voletta Wallace, has some early thoughts.

"This is a very good movie," she says. "Was I proud? I wouldn't use that word. I am very glad that I did the movie. I have no regrets doing the movie. I wanted to see what others never saw and I never knew."

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Wallace, who is played by Angela Bassett in the film, was on set for the making of the movie, and had a producer credit. She also got to watch her grandson, Christopher Jordan Wallace, the son of Biggie and his widow Faith Evans, play his father as a youngster.

"I loved every minute of it," Voletta Wallace says. "[I was] a little mushy there. He wanted to do that. He took his job very, very seriously."

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But Wallace doesn't gloss over the fact that the "sweet, considerate, generous young man" she raised changed, turning into a drug-dealing, weapon-toting, wise-talking man she didn't recognize.

"To be honest with you, I saw a monster last night," Wallace says. "Do I love the monster? No. But I love my son. Love you don't change. My love is still here for my son. But his behavior? Thank God he's not here because I would slap the daylights out of him."

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