imageCharli Baltimore (born Tiffany Lane on August 16, 1974 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is a female hip-hop rapper. Her stage name is taken from Geena Davis’ character in the 1996 film “The Long Kiss Goodnight.”

Growing up, Charli was primarily raised by her elder half-sister, Yolanda. She gave birth to her first daughter when she was only 14 years old. She even graduated from Pierce College & became a certified paralegal.

In the summer of 1995, Charli met the Notorious B.I.G. and they became involved romantically. The Notorious B.I.G. introduced her to Lance “Un” Rivera who signed her (and rapper Cam’ron) to his new record label, Untertainment.

During that same year, Charli made her first musical appearance on rap group Junior M.A.F.I.A.’s song “Get Money.”
imageIn 1998, she released her debut single “Money” which peaked at #50 on Billboard’s Hot Rap Singles chart and #59 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for five weeks. The song was featured on the soundtrack to the movie “Woo.”

During that same year, Charli began recording her debut album. She also appeared on Cam’ron’s single “Horse & Carriage.”
imageIn 1999, she released her second single “Stand Up” (featuring Ghostface Killah) which peaked at #9 on Billboard’s Hot Rap Singles chart and #84 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles & Tracks chart, staying on the chart for 11 weeks.
imageCharli’s debut album “Cold as Ice” was scheduled to be released on April 28, 1999, but it wasn’t until August 3, 1999 that the album was released promotionally. The album was later digitally released on iTunes in 2009.
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imageOther singles from the album “N.B.C.,” “Feel It” and “Everybody Wanna Know” failed to make any impact on the charts at all.
imageIn 2002, Charli was featured on Ja Rule’s single “Down A** Chick” which peaked at #21 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #8 on Billboard’s Hot R&B\Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart.

Charli was later signed to Murder Inc. Records and began recording her new album “The Diary (You Think You Know)” in 2001. Most of the album’s recording took place at Soundtrack Studios in Manhattan, New York.

During the recording sessions, Charli’s former labelmates claimed that she would have numerous songs completed & the quantity of them would be more than what producers Irv Gotti and Chink Santana would have instrumental beats completed for her.

At one point, there was a rumor that a power outage occurred at the recording studio where Charli & the producers were working at. Shortly after the situation was resolved, Charli had recorded a total of twelve songs within that same night.

In June of 2002, the first buzz single from Charli’s album “No One Does it Better” (featuring R&B singer & former labelmate Ashanti) was released, but didn’t make the charts.

The song was featured on her record label’s compliation album “Irv Gotti Presents: The Inc.”
imageThe second single from the album “Diary” was released to radio stations during the summer of 2002. It was released as the b-side to “No One Does It Better.”

Promotional radio copies of the single were released, but it was later canceled as the lead single from the album due to the song failing to make any music charts.

A year following the single’s release, the song gained a 2003 Grammy Award nomination for “Best Female Rap Solo,” but lost to Missy Elliott.
imageIn late August of 2002, another buzz single “Hey Charli” was reported by MTV to be the lead single from the album and Charli was scheduled to shoot a music video for the song, but the video was canceled & the song was pulled from radio markets & airwaves due to undisclosed reasons.

Charli’s album was scheduled to be released on September 10, 2002, but due to the cancellation of the “Hey Charli” single, it was pushed back to the 4th quarter of 2002.
imageIn late 2002, yet another buzz single from the album “Philly’s Finest” (featuring rapper Eve) was released.

The song gained positive public reception and was heavily added to numerous mixtapes, but due to lack of airplay on the radio, it failed to chart & was never chosen as the album’s official single.

Shortly after Murder Inc’s compliation album “Irv Gotti Presents: The Remixes,” it was revealed (and briefly reported on MTV) that Charli’s album would be released on December 3, 2002, but the album was again pushed back to be released in the summer of 2003.

The album’s final buzz single “Charli, Charli” was scheduled to be released in early 2003, but due to undisclosed reasons, Charli ended up leaving her record label, the album was shelved & the song was never properly released.

Shortly after “Charli, Charli” was cancelled, it was leaked to several mixtapes & released on rare unauthorized promotional vinyl copies.

After that, not much was heard from Charli until 2008 when she re-signed with The Inc. Records and began working on a new album called “True Lies.”
imageIn 2010, she released the single “Come Test Us” (featuring Lil Wayne) which is available on iTunes.

In 2011, Charli appeared in the music video “If I Die Tonight” (along with Trey Songz and Lue Diamonds). On September 14, 2011, she teamed up with Sally Anthony to release “Machine Gun (Remix)” which is available on iTunes.
imageOn March 22, 2012, Charli released the mixtape “Mickey and Mallory Knox: Natural Born Khronicles” along with rapper Dutchie Man.
imageOn May 8, 2012, Charli’s single “All Lies” (featuring Maino) was released on iTunes. The song features Charli’s daughter India providing vocals to the chorus.

She was also set to release her own mixtape “#DirtyA**Chuck” and her website offered autographed copies of “True Lies” which was scheduled to released on September 25, 2012, but it was not released.
imageIn 2013, Charli released the mixtape “Hard2Kill.” It is available on iTunes and Datpiff.com.

The “True Lies” album still remains unreleased and any references about it have been removed from Charli’s personal Twitter account and has not made anymore radio appearances regarding its release since the summer of 2012.

These days, Charli resides in Jersey City, New Jersey. She has two daughters India and Sianni. She appears to still be performing.

To see the music video for “Money,” go to:

To see the music video for “Stand Up,” go to:

To see the music video for “Feel It,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Everybody Wanna Know,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “NBC,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Nobody Does it Better,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Diary,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Hey Charli,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Philly’s Finest,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Come Test Us,” go to:

As a bonus, to see the music video for “Down A** Chick,” go to:

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