December 03, 2008 at 04:30 PM EST

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The soundtrack for Fox Searchlight’s biopic of late rapper The Notorious B.I.G. is rapidly taking shape now that first single “Brooklyn Go Hard” — a Kanye West-produced collaboration between Biggie’s old friend Jay-Z and hip rocker Santogold — has leaked online.

Notorious producer Wayne Barrow tells EW that several legendary unheard demo tapes from early in Biggie’s career form the heart of the soundtrack: “We kept everything as is, in its raw form. This is what got him the [recording] deal, plain and simple. His fans have been asking for it for years.” Adds director George Tillman Jr.: “That’s what I’m excited for. It’s incredible stuff.”

Barrow says the disc, due Jan. 13 on Bad Boy, will also include a handful of catalog tracks and an emotional remix of 1995’s “One More Chance” featuring guest vocals from Biggie’s 12-year-old son, Christopher “CJ” Wallace.

More on Biggie and Notorious:
The timeless Ready to Die is one of EW’s New Music Classics
His mom shared some memories with EW in 1999
EW took a look back on the 10th anniversary of his murder in 1997
EW traced Notorious‘ road to the big screen in ’05

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