Category: 90’s


M2M

imageM2M were a female pop duo from Lorenskog, Norway that consisted of Marit Larsen (born Marit Elisabeth Larsen on July 1, 1983) & Marion Raven (born Marion Elise Ravn on May 25, 1984). Their name was chosen from a contest held for fans to give them a name for the band.
imageThe girls have known each other since they were 5 years old. In 1996, they released a children’s music album in Norway called “Synger Kjente Barnesanger” under the name “Marit & Marion.”

In their teen years, the girls were discovered by Norwegian music producers Kai Robole & Kenneth M. Lewis and in 1998, they were signed to Atlantic Records.
imageIn October of 1999, M2M’s debut single “Don’t Say You Love Me” was released to radio & was featured on the movie soundtrack to “Pokemon the First Movie.”

The song first received airplay on Radio Disney in the United States in November of 1999, but it wasn’t until early 2000 that it was officially released.

The song became a hit, peaking at #21 on the Billboard Hot 100, #5 on Billboard’s Singles Sales chart & #40 on Billboard’s Latin Pop Airplay & Latin Tropical\Salsa Airplay chart.

Internationally, the song peaked at #2 in their native Norway. It also topped the charts in South Korea & was moderately successful in the United Kingdom, Mexico, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the Netherlands, Sweden, France, Germany & Switzerland. It was certified Gold in the United States & Australia.
imageIn March of 2000, the duo released their debut album “Shades of Purple” which peaked at #89 on the Billboard Hot 100 and topped Billboard’s Heatseekers albums chart.

Internationally, the album was certified Gold in Norway & Chile and Platinum in Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan, South Korea, Thailand & Taiwan.
imageM2M’s follow-up single “Mirror Mirror” peaked at #62 on the Billboard Hot 100, #30 in Australia and #13 in Canada. It was certified Gold by the RIAA in the United States.
imageThe third single from the album “The Day You Went Away” (which was originally sung in 1992 by Australian singer Wendy Williams) didn’t appear to make much
impact on the charts.

Two more singles from the album “Pretty Boy” and “Girl in Your Dreams” failed to chart as well.
imageThe last single from the album “Everything You Do” peaked at #21 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart.

M2M performed a conert special at Epcot in Walt Disney World with boy band BBMak and on April 29, 2000, it was broadcast under the name “M2M and BBMak in Concert.” They also went on tour with Hanson as the opening act.
imageIn 2002, M2M released their sophomore album “The Big Room” which managed to chart in Norway & Australia, but not in the United States. It was certified Platinum in Thailand, the Phillippines & Indonesia. It was released a year earlier in Asia where it received positive reception.
imageThe first single from the album “Everything” peaked at #6 in Norway, #27 in Australia & #44 in New Zealand. It was released in the United States, but it failed to reach the Billboard Hot 100.
imageThe follow-up single “What You Do to Me” only peaked at #46 in Australia, but didn’t chart anywhere else (including their home country).
imageThe third single “Don’t” was only released in the U.S., but it didn’t make the charts at all.

The last single from the album “Wanna Be Where You Are” was only released in the Philippines. It’s unknown how or if it charted there. During that same year, M2M participated in the Pantene Pro-Voice concert series.

Due to low record sales, the duo was dropped from Atlantic Records while they were on tour with Jewel and after that, M2M broke up.

While Marit went on to finish up high school, Marion was immediately signed to a solo record deal with Atlantic Records. She wrote songs for artists such as Tammin Sursok, Maria Arredondo & Lindsay Lohan. She released her debut album in 2005.

These days, Marion & Marit are pursuing separate solo music careers. Most recently, Marion released her sixth album “Scandal, Vol. 2.” Marit’s fourth album “When the Morning Comes” topped the album charts in Norway in 2014.

To see the music video for “Don’t Say You Love Me,” go to:

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

To see the music video for “Everything You Do,” go to:

To see the music video for “The Day You Went Away,” go to:

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

To see the music video for “Girl in Your Dreams,” go to:

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

To see the music video for “What You Do to Me,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Don’t,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Wanna Be Where You Are,” go to:

Olive

imageOlive was a trip-hop\electronic\dance group from England that consisted of producer\instrumentalist\songwriter Tim Kellett (born on July 23, 1964 in Knaresborough, Yorkshire, England), singer Ruth-Ann Boyle (born on April 26, 1970 in Sunderland, England) and producer\keyboard programmer Robin Taylor-Firth.

Tim was a member of Simply Red, playing keyboards & providing background vocals. After the band’s fourth album “Stars,” he left the band. Robin was a member of George Evelyn’s music project, Nightmares on Wax. Ruth-Ann used to sing in bands in her hometown of Sutherland. Tim & Robin met through a mutual friend who joined Simply Red as a bassist and together, they formed a musical collaboration.

By 1994, the duo had made three demos while searching for a singer. When Tim was on tour with Vini Riley’s The Durutti Column, playing keyboards, he was playing back pre-recorded keyboard samples on stage when he heard a vocal sample & the voice on the sample was Ruth-Ann (who provided the sample for The Durutti Column’s album “Sex and Death”).

Tim contacted Ruth-Ann (who was working at a bar at the time) about singing for the band & after an audition, she was in the band. After the demos were finished, they attracted the attention of record labels in the United Kingdom. In September of 1995, Olive signed with RCA Records.
imageIn 1996, Olive released their debut album “Extra Virgin” which peaked at #15 on the U.K. Albums chart. In the U.S., the album managed to peak at #32 on Billboard’s Heatseekers Albums chart.
imageThe first single from the album “Miracle” peaked at #41 on the U.K. Singles chart. It was originally released in 1996, but then it was re-released a year later as a remixed version. It peaked at #41 on the U.K. Singles chart and #10 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart.
imageThe follow-up single “You’re Not Alone” topped the U.K. Singles chart for 2 weeks, making it their biggest hit to date.

The remixed version of the song managed to peak at #56 on the Billboard Hot 100, #9 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart and #5 on Billboard’s Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart. The song also won the “Best Dance Music” award at the 1997 Ivor Novello Awards.
imageThe last single from the album “Outlaw” peaked at #14 on the U.K. Singles chart and #4 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart. A promotional single “You Are Nothing” was released, but it didn’t make any charts at all.

Robin later left the band to focus on Nightmares on Wax and other various projects, leaving only Tim & Ruth-Ann as a duo. Later on, RCA Records’ U.K. branch dropped Olive from their label, but they were signed by Madonna’s Maverick Records (supposedly after Madonna went to one of their concerts in Germany).
imageIn May of 2000, Olive released their sophomore album “Trickle” which peaked at #28 on Billboard’s Heatseekers Albums chart, but missed the U.K. Albums chart.
imageThey released a cover version of 10cc’s 1975 hit song “I’m Not in Love” which topped Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart for a week in July of 2000. It was featured on the soundtrack to the film “The Next Big Thing” (which starred Madonna). It also peaked at #12 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart.

Olive’s success started to fade & they ended up going into an hiatus. Tim focused on songwriting so he could spend time with his family. Ruth-Ann joined music group Enigma as a vocalist and in 2007, she released her debut solo album “What About Us” through iTunes.

In 2009, rapper Tinchy Stryder released his version of Olive’s hit song “You Are Not Alone” which sparked new interest in them.

During that same time, it was announced that Olive was working on their third album which was scheduled to be released in 2011, but as of 2014, it remains unreleased & it’s unknown what the current status of the album is.

These days, Robin Taylor-Firth resides in Spain and he recently signed a publishing deal with Sony Atv Music Publishing. Tim Kellett resides in Derbyshire, England where he owns a residential recording studio. It’s unknown what Ruth-Ann Boyle is up to these days.

To see a fan-made video for “You’re Not Alone,” go to:

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

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

To see the music video for “I’m Not in Love,” go to:

Zan

imageZan (born William Aquart) was an R&B singer from the late 80s. Not much information is given about him, but he was signed to Warner Bros. Records & wrote songs for artists such as Basic Black, Robin S. and Today.
imageIn 1989, he released his self-titled debut album which didn’t appear to make a lot of impact on the charts. Teddy Riley and Gene Griffin produced & arranged some of the songs on the album.
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imageTwo singles were released from the album: “House You” and “I Ain’t the One,” but neither of them made any music charts at all.
imageAfter that, nothing much was heard from Zan until 1994 when he & artist Wandalis released the single “You’re So Vain” on Pulse-8 Records. The single was released in the United Kingdom and peaked at #173 on the U.K. Singles chart.

These days, it’s unknown what Zan is up to these days and it appears as if he has faded into obscurity.

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

To see a fan-made video for “I Ain’t the One,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “You’re So Vain,” go to:

Changing Faces

imageChanging Faces are an R&B duo that originally consisted of Cassandra Lucas and Charisse Rose.

For two years, the girls were back-up singers for singer Sybil. They later returned to New York where during the day, they worked at a dermatologist’s office and at night, they recorded demos with music producer Dinky Bingham.

The duo was signed to Big Beat Records after being discovered singing on the streets by a local record producer.
imageIn July of 1994, they released their debut single “Stroke You Up” which became a hit, peaking at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100, #9 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart, #2 on Billboard’s Rhythmic Top 40 chart and #2 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 23 weeks. It was also moderately successful in the United Kingdom & New Zealand. R. Kelly wrote & produced the song (along with providing vocals as well).
imageIn August of that same year, Changing Faces released their self-titled debut album which peaked at #25 on the Billboard 200 and topped Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.
imageThe second single from the album “Foolin’ Around” peaked at #38 on the Billboard Hot 100, #23 on Billboard’s Rhythmic Top 40 chart, #24 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart and #9 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 20 weeks.

By October of 1994, the album was certified Gold by the RIAA with sales of 5,000 copies in the U.S.
imageThe last single from the album “Keep It Right There” peaked at #49 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 11 weeks.
imageIn 1995, Changing Faces released the single “We Got it Goin’ On” (which was featured on the soundtrack to the film “White Man’s Burden”) which managed to peak at #61 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 10 weeks.
imageA year later, they were featured on the soundtrack to the film “High School High” with the song “I Got Somebody Else” which managed to peak at #123 on Billboard’s Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart and #49 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 9 weeks.
imageIn April of 1997, the duo released the single “G.H.E.T.T.O.U.T.” which became another hit for them, topping Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart for 4 weeks. It also peaked at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100, #7 on Billboard’s Rhythmic Top 40 chart and #48 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart.
imageIn June of 1997, Changing Faces released their sophomore album “All Day, All Night” which peaked at #21 on the Billboard 200 and #6 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.
imageThe follow-up single “All of My Days” (featuring Jay-Z) peaked at #65 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #38 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 20 weeks. It was also featured on the soundtrack to the film “Space Jam.”

The last single, a cover version of Cyndi Lauper’s song “Time After Time” managed to peak at #35 on the U.K. Singles chart. Changing Faces were also featured on O.C.’s song “Can’t Go Wrong.”
imageIn 1998, the duo was featured on the soundtrack to the film “The Players’ Club” with the song “Same Tempo” which peaked at #72 on Billboard’s R&B Airplay chart and #53 on the U.K. Singles chart. They were also featured on the “Dr. Doolittle” soundtrack with the song “Do Little Things” featuring Ivan Matias.
imageIn 2000, Changing Faces released the single “That Other Woman” which peaked at #64 on the Billboard Hot 100, #21 on Billboard’s Rhythmic Top 40 chart, #5 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart, #3 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart and #16 on Billboard’s Hot R&B\Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart, staying on the chart for 20 weeks.
imageIn October of that same year, they released their third album “Visit Me” which peaked at #46 on the Billboard 200 and #9 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.
imageThe follow-up single “Ladies Man” peaked at #67 on Billboard’s Hot R&B\Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart, staying on the chart for 8 weeks.

After that, nothing much was heard from Changing Faces until 2009 when their song “Crazy Luv” was leaked to the internet. In September of 2011, Cassandra announced on Kempire Radio & YouKnowIGotSoul.com that she & Charisse were in the recording studio, working on a new project, scheduled to be released in 2012.
imageIn April of 2013, they released the single “Hate Love” which is available on iTunes. A music video for the song was filmed, but never released.

By the summer of 2013, Cassandra left the duo to pursue a solo career. In September of that same year, she released her debut single “Damn” and is currently working on her solo album. Meanwhile, Charisse is currently touring with a new member as Changing Faces.

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

To see the music video for “Foolin’ Around,” go to:

To see the music video for “Keep it Right There,” go to:

To see the music video for “We Got it Goin’ On,” go to:

To see the music video for “I Got Somebody Else,” go to:

To see the music video for “G.H.E.T.T.O.U.T.,” go to:

To see the music video for “All of My Days,” go to:

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

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

To see the music video for “That Other Woman,” go to:

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

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

LSO

imageLSO was an R&B singer from the 90s. Not much information is given about her, but she was signed to Bellmark Records.
imageIn 1994, she released her only album “What’s a Girl to Do.” The album didn’t appear to chart at all, but it featured saxophonist Gerald Albright and singer Smokey Robinson.
imageThe only single released from the album was “Get It Right” which also failed to make any impact on the charts. After that, it seems as if LSO has faded into obscurity. It’s unknown what she’s up to these days.

To see a fan-made video for “Get It Right,” go to:

Romeo And

imageRomeo And was an R&B singer from the ’90s. Not much information is given about him, but he was signed to Elektra Records.

In 1993, he released his debut and only album “Romeo and You” which didn’t appear to make the Billboard album charts.
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imageThe two singles released from the album “For You (I’ll Do Anything)” and “All I Have to Do” failed to make any impact on the music charts at all.

After that, it seems as if Romeo And has faded into obscurity. It’s unknown what he is up to these days.

To see a fan-made video for “For You (I’ll Do Anything),” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “All I Have to Do,” go to:

Chris Pittman

imageChris Pittman (born in Jackson, New Jersey) was an R&B singer from the ’90s. Not much information is given about him, but he was discovered by Maurice Starr and signed to Atlantic Records.

imageIn 1991, he released his debut album “CP Time.” It’s unknown how or if the album made the charts at all.

imageHis first single “Show Me” peaked at #51 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 8 weeks. R&B group Perfect Gentlemen provided backing vocals on the song.

Chris’ follow-up single “We Forgot to Say Goodbye” was released promotionally, but it’s unknown if it ever charted. After that, it seems as if Chris Pittman has faded into obscurity. His whereabouts are unknown.

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

To see a fan-made video for “We Forgot to Say Goodbye,” go to:

As a bonus, here’s a video of Chris Pittman performing “We Forgot to Say Goodbye” on Soul Train:

Innosense

imageInnosense was a girl group from the late ’90s\early 2000s. The group decided to misspell their name so they wouldn’t sound like “innocent little four-year-olds.”

They formed in 1997 and were managed by Lou Pearlman & Lynn Harless (the mother of Justin Timberlake).

The group originally consisted of Danay Ferrer (born on July 28, 1974 in Camaguey, Cuba), Nikki DeLoach (born Ashlee Nicole DeLoach on September 9, 1979 in Waycross, Georgia), Amanda Latona (born Amanda Marie Latona on March 24, 1979 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania), Mandy Ashford (born Mandeline Elizabeth Ashford on March 16, 1979 in Clinton, Mississippi) and Britney Spears (yes, the Britney Spears).

Nikki was a cast member on “The All-New Mickey Mouse Show” (which also starred Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears). Danay went to high school with Joey Fatone and was chosen to be in the group.

Mandy was a member of the Attache show along with her high school friend Lance Bass (of *NSYNC) with who she also shared a vocal coach with. Lance recommended Mandy to Lou Pearlman and she was selected to join the group.

After Britney Spears left the group to pursue her solo career, she was replaced by Veronica Finn (born Veronica Lee Finn on July 5, 1981 in Memphis, Tennessee).
imageIn 1998, Innosence released their debut single “Wherever You Are” which was released in Germany.

It’s unknown how or if the single made any music charts, but they made a music video which aired in Germany. Amanda later left Innosense and was replaced by Jenny Morris (born Jennifer DeLou Morris on August 30, 1980).

In 1999, the group appeared in the movie “Longshot” and Britney Spears also appeared in the movie, but not with Innosense. After Britney’s solo career took off, Innosense became an opening act for her when she went on tour. They were also an opening act for *NSYNC.

imageOn June 27, 2000, Innosense released their debut single “Say No More” which peaked at #20 on Billboard’s Hot Singles Sales chart, but missed the Billboard Hot 100.

imageOn August 8, 2000, the group released their debut (and only) album “So Together” on RCA Records, but failed to make any impact on the charts at all.

imageThe group’s last single “Rain Rain” was released in Germany in 2002. In 2003, Innosense disbanded to pursue separate projects.

Nikki DeLoach went on to pursue an acting career and currently appears on MTV’s television show “Awkward.”

Danay Ferrer considered starting her own solo music career, but her contract with Innosense prevented her from doing anything outside of the group and she began working in a bank. In 2005, she appeared in the stage production of “Dora’s Pirate Adventure.” It’s unknown what she’s doing these days.

Mandy Ashford has modeled in several publications such as Playboy, Miller Lite, Samson Technologies, Swisher cigars and currently for Thompson Pump.

Amanda Latona signed a solo deal with J Records where she recorded two singles “Can’t Take it Back” (in 2002) and “Do You Still” (in 2003), but after both singles flopped, she was dropped from the label. These days, she is now a fitness trainer and bodybuilder.

Veronica Finn (now Veronica Davidson) was part of a band called Zoetic, but these days, she is now a realtor in Tampa, Florida with Coldwell Banker.

Not much information is given on Jenny Morris’ whereabouts, but she married Jeff Beisl in 2004.

To see the music video for “Wherever You Are,” go to:

To see the music video for “Say No More,” go to:

[Updated on 01\01\2016]

Lil’ Mo

imageLil’ Mo (born Cynthia Loving on November 19, 1978 in Long Island, New York) is a female R&B singer who is known as a one-hit wonder in the early 2000s and for working with artists such as Ja Rule, Missy Elliott and Fabolous.

Lil’ Mo was born into a military family. She was primarily raised on Long Island, but she moved regularly due to her father’s military assignments.She resided in Texas, Atlanta & North Carolina before settling down in Baltimore, Maryland. She used to perform in talent competitions wherever her family resided.

By the time she became an adult, Lil’ Mo moved to Manhattan, New York with hopes of pursuing a music career. In early 1998 (as she was submitting demo material to singer Nicole Wray’s debut album “Make it Hot”), she received a callback from Merlin Bobb who later connected her to Missy Elliott.

Fascinated by her voice, Missy requested Lil’ Mo to immediately come to the Elektra Recording studios in New Jersey. After her arrival, she landed a record deal with Elektra Records and she began closely working with Missy throughout the early part of her career.

Shortly after Nicole Wray’s debut album was released, Lil’ Mo began working on her own debut album. In between recording sessions, she would either collaborate on Missy’s records or perform in Missy’s touring venues.
imageBy the fall of 1998, Elektra Records serviced Lil’ Mo’s debut single “5 Minutes” to radio. It was not only released as the lead single for the soundtrack to the movie “Why Do Fools Fall in Love,” it was also the original lead single for Lil’ Mo’s debut album.

Even though “5 Minutes” managed to chart at #72 on the U.K. Singles chart, it didn’t generate a lot of success in the U.S. despite the music video receiving frequent airplay on the BET network and the College Television Network. The song also had generally favorable reviews by critics. Due to the underperformance of “5 Minutes,” it was pulled from the album’s final tracklisting.

imageIn 1999, a promotional single “If You Wanna Dance” was released, but didn’t appear to make the album’s final tracklisting.

Lil’ Mo’s debut album was scheduled to be released in March of 1999, but her record label pushed back the release date multiple times hoping to revamp Lil’ Mo’s sound & image. During that same year, she gained exposure for appeared on Old Dirty Bastard’s song “Good Morning Heartache” and Missy Elliott’s single “Hot Boyz.”

In 2000, Lil’ Mo was granted her own production company called HoneyChild Entertainment. She was featured on Ja Rule’s single “Put it On Me” which became a pop and R&B hit. More collaborations by Ja Rule and Lil’ Mo followed (including the song “I Cry”).
imageIn April of 2000, Lil’ Mo released the lead single from her debut album “Ta Da” which peaked at #95 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #21 on Billboard’s Hot R&B\Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart, staying on the chart for 17 weeks. The song was written by R&B singer Montell Jordan and received generally favorable reviews from critics.

During the song’s run on radio, DJ Boogie (from Pittsburgh radio station WAMO) noted that the reception was “more positive than negative” and “the females especially have been feeling it.

Elektra Records was unhappy with the chart performance of “Ta Da” which resulted in disputes between Lil’ Mo and the record label’s executives. The dispute later developed over the album’s follow-up single “Superwoman.”

In February of 2001, “Superwoman” (which was produced by Bryan-Michael Cox) was released. It managed to peak at #34 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #9 on Billboard’s Hot R&B\Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart, staying on the chart for only 9 weeks.

The song received mixed reviews by critics & failed to get any successful airplay on radio. Because of that, Elektra Records pushed Lil’ Mo’s debut album back to a later date in 2001.

Lil’ Mo tried convincing her record label that “Superwoman” would be a hit and in order to prove it, she contacted DJ Clue to remix the track with a beat that he was holding for rap duo M.O.P. At first, DJ Clue wasn’t supportive about the idea, but after loving the results, he premiered it on New York City radio station Hot 97’s radio show.

Following the song’s premiere, it began circulating on various mixtapes and began charting on the Billboard charts, but because Billboard didn’t allow remixes to chart, Lil ‘Mo had to convince Elektra Records to re-release the single under an alternate title (now known as) “Superwoman Pt. II.”

During a 2-hour studio session, Lil’ Mo recorded the vocals for “Superwoman” at Enterprise Records in North Hollywood, Los Angeles, California. Additionally, she had to beatbox the infamous stuttering “da-da-da-da-da” beat to her production team since they weren’t understanding her vision.

Since Lil’ Mo was in Los Angeles at the time, she had a deadline to transfer her vocals via a CD to give to DJ Clue at a New York airline. Within the song’s deadline, a relative of Lil’ Mo’s requested her to feature “the mixtape rapper who spells his name” (also known as rapper Fabolous).

Lil’ Mo contacted DJ Clue to see if it was possible to add Fabolous to the record. At the time, Fabolous was shocked at her decision to feature him on the song because she had worked with other well-known rappers such as Ja Rule & Jay-Z.
image“Superwoman Pt. II” became a hit, peaking at #11 on the Billboard Hot 100, #36 on Billboard’s Top 40 Tracks chart, #8 on Billboard’s Rhythmic Top 40 chart and #4 on Billboard’s Hot R&B\Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart, staying on the chart for 20 weeks The success of “Superwoman Pt. II” helped bring Fabolous (who was a underground artist at the time) to mainstream success.

In May of 2001, she became engaged to Al Stone. They first met at a gas station in Washington, D.C.

On June 22, 2001, Lil’ Mo was assaulted by a male civilian at a San Francisco, California concert venue while being escorted to a limo. She was bludgeoned in the head by the man’s champagne bottle causing her to be hospitalized & received 20 stitches.

The assault left Lil’ Mo traumatized and suspicious, believing that it must’ve been a potential set-up. A reward (ranging from $1,000 to $5,000). Even though her assailant was never discovered, local police in San Francisco received anonymous tips that the attacker boasted about his actions at a Hunters Point housing project near San Francisco.
imageOn June 26, 2001, Lil’ Mo released her debut album “Based on a True Story” which peaked at #14 on the Billboard 200 and #6 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart. It was later certified Gold by the RIAA.
imageIn August of 2001, the last single from the album “Gangsta (Love 4 the Streets)” was released. The track samples Snoop Dogg’s 1994 song “Gin & Juice.” The song peaked at #39 on Billboard’s Rhythmic Top 40 chart and #57 on Billboard’s Hot R&B\Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart, staying on the chart for 13 weeks.

The music video for the single was directed by Chris Robinson. It was originally slated to be a double-video shoot along with the single “Supa Star” (which was later cancelled), but due to Lil Mo’s assault in San Francisco, the plans were quickly changed to meet the deadline of mid-July of 2001.

The video aired on BET in late August of 2001. During that same month, Lil’ Mo married Al Stone.

In 2002, she developed an interest in communications after working as a part-time anchor for Baltimore urban radio station WXYV-FM. In August of that same year, she gave birth to her first daughter Heaven Love’on Stone.

Also in that same year, Lil’ Mo began working on her sophomore album. She told Billboard magazine that she was going to purposely use a different sound for the album in hopes of convincing the public to overlook her creditability for her single “Superwoman Pt. II.”
imageIn February of 2003, the lead single from the album “4Ever” (featuring Fabolous) was released. The song peaked at #37 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #13 on Billboard’s Hot R&B\Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart, staying on the chart for 23 weeks.
imageThe song “Ten Commandments” (featuring Lil’ Kim) was supposed to be the album’s second single, but due to limited promotion & attempts for a music video were unsuccessful, it was never given a proper release.
imageOn April 29, 2003, Lil’ Mo’s sophomore album “Meet the Girl Next Door” was released. It peaked at #17 on the Billboard 200 and #4 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.

In May of 2003, Lil’ Mo released the single “21 Answers” (a response to 50 Cent’s song “21 Questions”) was sent to radio as a promotional single.

It managed to peak at #50 on Billboard’s Hot R&B\Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart, staying on the chart for 11 weeks, but was not featured on the album’s final tracklisting because it didn’t finalize in time to meet the deadline for the album.
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imageTwo more promotional singles from the album “1st Time” and “Shoulda Known” were released, but didn’t make the Billboard charts at all.

The promotion for the album was limited due to Lil’ Mo’s pregnancy and lack of support from Elektra Records. Despite that, she performed the singles on shows such as “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” and “Soul Train.” Shortly after the album’s promotion came to an end, Lil’ Mo’s contract with Elektra Records expired and she moved to Cash Money Records to record a new album.

In July of 2004, she started recording material for her third album “Syndicated: The Lil’ Mo Hour.”
imageIn November of 2004, Lil’ Mo released the single “Hot Girls” which peaked at #28 on Billboard’s Hot R&B\Hip-Hop Singles Sales chart.

The song received mixed to negative reception. Critics felt that it was an “insecure female anthem” due to the lyrics and believed that Lil’ Mo was solidifying her point of feeling some sort of insecurity or jealousy. Lil Wayne’s guest appearance on the track was also not well received. On February 24, 2005, Lil’ Mo gave birth to her second daughter, God’Iss Love Stone.
imageIn May of 2005, she released the single “Dem Boyz” which peaked at #86 on Billboard’s Hot R&B\Hip-Hop Songs chart, staying on the chart for only 2 weeks. The song received generally favorable reviews.
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imageTwo more promotional singles “Yeah, Yeah, Yeah” (featuring violinist Miri Ben-Ari) and “Mother of Your Child” were released, but didn’t make the charts.

“Syndicated: The Lil’ Mo Hour” was scheduled to be released in October of 2005, but the date passed and after Hurricane Katrina damaged Cash Money’s New Orleans studio, Lil’ Mo was dropped from the label’s roster and the album ended up being shelved. In December of 2005, she and her husband Al divorced.

In 2006, Lil’ Mo (along with Faith Evans, Fantasia and SWV’s Coko) appeared on the remake of The Clark Sisters’ song “Endow Me” from Coko’s 2006 gospel album “Grateful.”
imageIn August of 2007, Lil’ Mo released her third album “Pain & Paper” under her independent record label HoneyChild Entertainment.
imageThe singles from the album “Sumtimes I” (featuring Jim Jones) and “Lucky Her” failed to make the Billboard charts.

In 2008, Lil’ Mo began working on a new album under a new record label, Global Music Group. The original title of the album was “Tattoos & Roses: The Rebellion Against My Pain.”

Initially, the album was supposed to be a double disc with half of the album being a live production, but the plans ended up being scrapped & the album ended up undergoing a different recording process. Missy Elliott, MC Lyte and Fabolous were listed as contributors to the album, but due to undisclosed reasons, they didn’t make the album’s final cut.

Lil’ Mo later married gospel recording artist Phillip Bryant. On January 16, 2009, she gave birth to her first son, Justin McKenzie Phillip. Preparing for the release of the album, Lil’ Mo hosted a radio show in Washington, D.C.
imageOn November 1, 2011, she released her fourth album “P.S. I Love Me.” The singles from the album “I Love Me” (feat. Tweet) and “Take Me Away” (feat. Maino) didn’t appear to chart at all.

On July 10, 2012, Lil’ Mo gave birth to her second son, Jonah Maddox-Phillip Bryant. In 2013, she became a cast member on the TV One network reality show “R&B Divas: Los Angeles.”
imageIn September of 2013, she released the song “I’m a Diva” on iTunes.
imageThe following week, another song “L’s Up” was released. In 2014, Lil’ Mo separated from Phillip Bryant and is now in a relationship with professional boxer Karl Dargan.
imageIn April of 2014, Lil’ Mo released a mixtape called “No S*** Sherlock.”
imageThe mixtape was released as part of the preparation for her fifth studio album “The SCARlet Letter” which was released on October 28, 2014.

To see the music video for “5 Minutes,” go to:

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

To see the music video for “Superwoman Pt. II,” go to:

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

To see the music video for “4ever,” go to:

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

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

To see a fan-made video for “I’m a Diva,” go to:

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

To see the music video for “Mother of Your Child,” go to:

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

To see a fan-made video for “Superwoman, Part 1,” go to:

 

[Updated on 11-06-14]

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: