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Charli Baltimore

Many of you only remember Charli Baltimore from her love affair with the late great rap artist, Notorious B.I.G. But she is much more than that. She's one of hip hop's best kept secrets. Charli Baltimore, born as Tiffany Lane on August 16, 1974, grew up in the city of Philadelphia with her German father and African American mother. Not only was it hard to deal with racism, but she had to see first hand, the abusive relationship between her parents. It got so bad, that she eventually was put under the care of her older half sister, Yolanda. Because Yolanda, (already married and still a child herself) always was working at the hospital, Tiffany was unsupervised and caused trouble, either at the mall or on the street corner, with her cousin. By the time she reached the 10th grade, she had gotten pregnant and had her first child, India. She eventually went to Pierce College and majored in the fine arts. Before graduation though, she was pregnant again with her second child, Siaani. Sianni's father and Tiffany moved into their own apartment, but he soon fled the scene. So Tiffany had to "scheme & scan" men to support her family. In the summer of 1995, the Ready To Die Tour came to Philly and changed Tiffany's life forever. She had a chance meeting with the Notorious B.I.G. and they sparked a romantic relationship. B.I.G. soon learned that Tiffany had a little lyrical skill of her own and he was set on giving her an opportunity to showcase it. She gained the title "Charli Baltimore" from the Geena Davis movie, "A Long Kiss Goodnight" where her character plays a spy with two lives, which related a lot to Tiffany. B.I.G. had plans for Tiffany. He was gearing up to start a group called "The Commission" which featured himself, Jay-Z, Lil' Cease and Tiffany. And he had also mentioned her to friend and label partner, Lance "Un" Rivera, of Untertainment. But then, tragedy struck Tiffany's life between '96 and '97. First, her father died of cancer. Then, Sianni's father committed suicide. Soon after, her close friend Lovell died. And then, B.I.G. was murdered. Nothing seemed to go right for her at that time, and she fell into depression, overdosing on pills. After she was released from the hospital, she came to her senses and was back to her old self, just in time for B.I.G.'s funeral. She went to a bit of hiding after that, clearing her thoughts. And then set out to make her debut album with "Un". Days and nights went in to making her album, but due to "creative difficulties", "Cold As Ice" was never released, even though several singles were released. Untertainment was eventually shut down which left Tiffany with no deal and no album. She did a little bit of modeling, but wasn't happy with just being "a pretty face". After a long time of making demo's however, Irv Gotti of "Murder Inc. Records" signed Tiffany to his label and made her a member of the Murder Inc. family. No more shelved projects. Her long-awaited album, "The Diary(You Think You Know...)" drops September 2003.

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