Woolard, like Christopher Wallace, is from Brooklyn, specifically L.G., Lafayette Gardens. In real life he raps under the name "Gravy". He is featured in the song "Untouchable" by Tupac Shakur on the Pac's Life album. He had to add over 50 pounds to his already large frame to play The Notorious B.I.G. in the film Notorious.
Woolard was previously known for being shot near radio station Hot 97 in 2006 and giving an interview on the Funkmaster Flex show directly afterwards. His music was later banned from play at the station as a result of a policy that bans "music by any artist who is involved in an altercation at the station."
On January 16, 2009, he was attending the opening of Notorious in Greensboro, North Carolina when he was shot at approximately 9:00 PM. The theatre was then evacuated and closed. He was treated at a nearby hospital and released.[dead link]
Recently, Woolard has been considering getting back into the film industry after taking time off to spend with his daughter. Sources say he has been linked with the newly formed Diamantaire Management Inc., who also has unreleased Alex "Chae" Muniz, Marc Anthony's son, as a signed client.
^Smith, John Harvey (17 January 2009). "Man Shot Twice Inside Theater At Greensboro Mall". Greensboro Telegram. Retrieved 2009-01-18. "In a strange twist, Ryan Seals of the News & Record also reported that Jamal Woolard, the actor who played Biggie Smalls in the "Notorious" movie, was actually at the Four Seasons theater in Greensboro during the shooting."