Who is Charli Baltimore?
Charli Baltimore was born on the 16th August 1974, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA, under the name Tiffany Lane. She is a rapper, songwriter, model and reality show host, who is probably best recognized for her widely popular songs such as “We Still Don’t Give A Fuck”, “No One Does It Better” and “Down 4 U”. Furthermore, she was nominated for the Grammy Award in the category Best Rap Female Performance for the single entitled “Diary” in 2003. In addition, she is known for being romantically involved with one of the most famous rappers of all times – Notorious B.I.G.
BTS….Bed full of money…. pic.twitter.com/73wFP3zq5i
— charli baltimore (@CharliBaltimore) November 8, 2014
Early Life and Education
She was raised in a multi-ethnic family, with her father being a German and her mother an African-American. However, her parents were busy or careless most of the time, so she was primarily raised by her older half-sister, Yolanda. It is speculated that their parents used to leave them on their own from a very early age, so the two of them needed to grow up pretty fast compared to other kids. As her family life was so chaotic, she was sent to a Catholic school, from which she successfully matriculated from in 1992 – she became pregnant in 10th grade, which didn’t have any influence on her matriculation, studying while she was pregnant and finishing her last year with excellent grades, despite the situation she was in.
Later on, even though she was a mother and went through a lot of painful events, she attended Pierce College. For the next two years she only had time to work, study and spend time with her daughters, but she graduated in time with a paralegal degree, as she thought that it would help her get a more stable job, and so look after her daughters.
When Charli was just a teenager, she was in an abusive relationship. As she wasn’t close to her parents, and because she never felt secure at her home, soon after she started dating her then-boyfriend, she moved in with him. On several occasions, Charli has stated that she had been abused both physically and psychologically for more than four years.
The abuse didn’t stop even when she became pregnant – she described one of the situations she had to go through while living with him: her partner was in a room with his friends and she forgot to knock on the door before coming in, so he gave her a black eye. Situations like this one weren’t enough for her to leave him, because she was scared for her life. She gave birth to her two daughters – Indiana and Sianni Lane, after which she found the strength to leave him in order for her children to live in a healthy environment. The identity of her ex-partner hasn’t been revealed.
Beginning of Her Musical Career
Charli was interested in rap from a very early age. She would write songs whenever she found herself in a difficult situation, or when she was bored. However, as she had a very stormy childhood, and was on her own most of the time, she didn’t get a chance to promote her talent. In 1995, she met the famous rapper Notorious B.I.G., and that can be counted as the point when her career started flourishing. With his rich career and undeniable talent, he could undoubtedly recognize a star when he heard one, and he definitely thought of Charli as one of the young rappers with the most promising talent.
In one of her interviews, Charli said that she got his number from one of her friends, and called his beeper leaving a voice mail with a rap song she wrote. As soon as he heard that, he called her to tell her that she should keep writing as what he heard was very cool.
Raise to Prominence
Notorious B.I.G. had a plan to form a rap group with Charli and Jay-Z in 1997, and promote her in that way, however he never got a chance to do that as he was murdered the same year. After taking a leave of absence for several months, she decided to make a huge come-back and do everything she could to become a star, as she thought that she owed it to her children and Notorious.
After the release of her song “Money”, she was asked if it could be added to the soundtrack of the movie “Woo”. The song featured on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks list in Billboard Magazine, and gained huge success and popularity within days of its release. Several days later, she issued another hit – “Stand Up” – which earned its place on Billboard Magazine’s Hot Rap Singles list.
In 1999 Charli released her debut album entitled “Cold as Ice” which attracted huge attention partly because of guest appearances and intriguing content. However, following its release, the album lost it’s popularity. After her disappointment with the album reception, she decided to do only singles, but was a guest star on her colleagues’ albums.
Music Career from 2000s to Present
From the year 2000 she released several songs per year – “Nobody Does It Better” and “Everybody Wanna Know” in 2000, then “Diary” and “Hey Charli” in 2002, “Come Test Us” with Lil Wayne in 2007, “P.S.” (2008), “Machine Gun” (2011), “Bed Full of Money” (2015) and many more in between. In addition, she was a guest on a great number of famous rappers’ albums, such as on Fat Joe’s album “Walk On By”, Christina Milian’s “Spending Time”, “We Still Don’t Give a Fuck” by Irv Gotti, etc. In the 2010s she released two mixtapes entitled “Natural Born Khronicles” and “Hard 2 Kill”.
Following her breakthrough in the music industry, she became a sensation because of her extravagant looks and unusual appearance, so she caught the attention of producers and directors who started sending her offers to appear in their movies, TV shows and music videos. She made memorable appearances in movies entitled “Bamboozled” and “Snipes”, after which was featured in music videos for “The Pledge” by Ja Rule, Ashanti, Nas, & 2Pac and their other song “Down 4 U”. Following her roles in the movies “Changing the Game” and “Gang of Roses 2: Next Generation”, she got a chance to star in the widely popular film “Fatally Flawless” in 2018.
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Charli is famous for being in a relationship with Notorious B.I.G. from 1995 until his murder in 1997. The same year her ex-partner with whom she has two daughters committed suicide, her father died after a long battle with cancer, and her close friend died, so she tried to take her own life. However, she pulled herself together as she knew that she needed to take care of her two daughters. She was rumoured to be in relationships with Jay-Z and Lance Un Rivera, but she never confirmed this.
Net Worth and Social Media Presence
It is estimated by authoritative sources that Baltimore counts her net worth at the amount of $500,000, accumulated through her successful career in the music, movie and modelling industries.
Speaking of her social media presence, she has an Instagram account with almost 200,000 followers, and Twitter with more than 40,000 fans.