Charli Baltimore
I Gotta Get It

charlie-bmore.jpgThe fire engine red locks and thick, Philadelphia-honed accent are just a couple of Charli Baltimore’s trademarks. Perhaps the most familiar is her romantic attachment to the Notorious B.I.G. in the early ‘90s. Not only did Biggie give Charli her alias (based on a mischievous character from the film, Long Kiss Goodnight), he also pegged her as one-third of the short-lived super-group, the Commission, featuring himself and Jay-Z. But while the Big Poppa link initially ushered Charli into the game, her own mic skills kept her steady as she struggled to change the perception of being just the chick-on-the-side.

After Biggie’s death 10 years ago this month, Charli B. rode with three different crews—Lance “Un” Rivera’s now-defunct Untertainment, Irv Gotti’s Murder Inc. and The Game’s Black Wall Street. Poor promotion forced the feisty bombshell to leave the latter two posts behind, with her intended debut, Cold As Ice, and its follow-up still gathering dust. In its wake are various singles and collaborations (Ja Rule’s “Down Ass Bitch,” and “NBC.”) Now working with producer Scott Storch, Chuck B-More seeks redemption once again. XXLMag.com sits with the career-long underdog to discuss her label shifts, the friction over the years and her new game plan.

Last we heard, you were signed to The Game’s Black Wall Street, but then you skipped out. Why?
It really wasn’t what I was looking for at the time, so I just backed out the situation. I had a lot of crazy personal stuff going on. I’m not actually signed [anywhere]. I’m a free agent right now. I’m going where the money is. I’m just working with Scott Storch. We’ve been working together for a while, so we got some hot shit. We’re about halfway through the album.

Do you still maintain a relationship with Game?
Yeah, he was performing at Gilbert Arenas’ party in D.C., so I saw him there. That’s the first time I really seen him since the whole Black Wall Street thing didn’t go through, but it was all love. I fucks with Game.

After you left Black Wall Street, did you take a break?
Well, I had split with my husband, and then he got locked up, so that was hard for me to deal with. There was a lot of crazy legal stuff going on. I was doing a lot of stuff that wasn’t helping the situation, so I just had to fall back and regroup for a minute. It was a long time between The Game thing and me going to Miami and working with Scott.

You were on a song that was dissing G-Unit. Would you have a problem working with them now?
50 and them was fuckin’ with me [during] the Murder Inc. shit, so I never was able to say anything back at ‘em because Irv would shut me down every time. I ain’t never been no bitch or punk. That wasn’t anything they asked of me. That was something I wanted to do. I feel like once everybody kind of gets they shit off, they cool. I’m from the streets of Philly, so we get ours off a little different. My prior situation with Irv didn’t allow me to say anything, which I thought was a big mistake. I was like, ‘Yo, I don’t really think we should be sitting here letting somebody just ride on us like this.’ That was just crazy to me.

So Irv didn’t want to get into it.
If I’m in your click and y’all sayin’ we family—which is how Irv was presenting it to me—then we supposed to ride. Everybody’s supposed to be in on it. Fuck it, let Ashanti sing a damn song dissin’ these niggas. Because it’s gonna be all of them against us anyway. But Irv’s stance on it was like, “It’s gonna go away.” But I’m like, “No, it’s not.” And if it does go away, they still got one up on us.

Do you feel that’s the main reasons Murder Inc. fell off?
Definitely. Irv was totally unfocused and allowed things to occur that shouldn’t have. I’m not a person to point the fingers, but in that situation, he totally fucked up. He had some of the hardest working people on his label [who] would’ve went and did anything for him. I have no love for them, at all. I do not fuck with them dudes. We could never squash that. I feel like them niggas put a dent in my life.

How come your album, Cold As Ice, never came out?
I can’t put the total blame on Un because I was so naïve. Un ran into a situation with Sony, and people would say, “Yo, this is business. You can’t just sit there and not make a move.” I guess Un felt like, there’s no way she’s gonna leave [the label] and this album. But I’m like, “Fuck that album.” And then I ended up [meeting Irv]. Irv never seen a girl that wrote all her shit, so he was a little twisted by that. He didn’t really believe me, so he would call me up to New York to put me on records and make sure it was real because that was a big part of his vision for Murder Inc.

You were writing before you met Biggie, right?
I been writing since I was like 12, and I stopped and started again. Big was basically giving me guidance and just telling me, “Write everyday and you’ll see how much better you get.”

What happened to the material from Cold As Ice?
Un owns that music. But that album was leaked, so I’m sure people could get the songs off the Internet. The Murder Inc. album was a little bit different, though, because that was my baby, so I had a hard time leaving it. But I eventually walked away from it because that was part of the deal to get off the label. I just got released from Murder Inc. last year, and that’s only because I aggressively pursued it. They were still holding me to my contract. I could’ve fought for it [the album], but it wasn’t worth it because it’s personal with them. It’s like a divorce.

Was there any point when you felt like walking away?
Definitely, but at the same time, I don’t know anybody that’s had as many different [label] situations. I think the problem with me is that I was overexposed on the first label. There are plenty of artists that have had different types of deals but they haven’t had the overexposure or the same type of controversy that came with the name. I had that stigma attached to me every time I switched a label.

What’s your vision for your new album?
Actually, I’m not really trying to go at it from a perspective of planning the whole album out from start to finish. So far, most of the songs that Scott and me have done have been big songs—the kind of songs that Scott does. So I haven’t put a focus on twisting the album one way or another. [With] both of my previous albums, I really tried to mold them into stories, which people aren’t really attracted to anymore. I still wanna give my fans what they like, but I don’t wanna get stuck into making the same album. That was never the type of artist I was. People get scared and they stick to the same formula, and I think that if you change, your music should change as well.

Is there something you want to prove now?
The album is more about me than anything else—just proving to myself that I can do it. I know it’s a business, but I just wanna know that I put out a project, especially for my own sanity.

How do you think the situation for female MCs has changed since you started out in the ‘90s?
I think it’s way harder [now]. Females had a hot moment and then it just went cold and nobody was really fuckin’ with female rappers. So I don’t know how to fix or change that. All I can do is try. For me, Remy is a hell of an artist, so I fuck with her shit. So if somebody says, “Well, her sales weren’t all that,” I’m, like, ‘But she’s a hell of an artist and her rhymes are crazy.’ It’s kind of hard for me to figure it out. Where as a person like Fergie….

She doesn’t count.
[Laughs] Yeah, but she’s doing the same shit. However you look at it, she’s still rapping. She just looks a different way. She sold a million records. I don’t care how you flip it, she’s spittin’ a rhyme, so it’s kind of hard to figure out what people want.

Why should hip-hop fans care about Charli Baltimore now?
I have fans; I know that. There are always going to be haters and [my name] is always gonna be in somebody’s mouth regardless, so I can’t really say if they do or don’t care. All I can do is focus on the music and try to appeal to the muthafuckas that fuck with me.

  • BOBBY FILLS

    1ST

    REAL TALK BY C.B

  • bghh

    ghhhhhhhhh

  • jisid

    1stttttttttt gghjkmrefv

  • stoneyisland

    Charli is still one fine muthafucka, she should go into the pron biz, as a rapper I wouldnt spend 25 cents on the sista.

  • jacquez
  • JIMMY CA$H

    mamacita i love you! u are one of the greatest female mc’s

  • http://myspace.com/rodjilius Rodjilius

    charli is hot as a person and an artist theres no way around it i gotta get her album when it comes out

  • BOBBY FILLS
  • jojochicago

    When Charlie, Charlie when? well i hope to cop the first 2 albums just to hear the growth and he venom.

  • mr. undisputed the mogul

    CHARLI HAS ALWAYS BEEN DOPE. THAT SONG & VIDEO SHE DID WITH GHOSTFACE IN THE HOOD IS STILL A HOT ASS JOINT THAT BANGS TO THIS VERY DAY!!!!!

  • Fred D

    Yo Charlie Sucked my dick 2 weeks ago at Mansion in Mia Yayo, WE was both Drunk as fuck and the bitch was lovin my body. we proceded to the SUV where she sucked me off for 15 minutes!! before one of her mans came out lookin for her. Big Ups to Soft Lips imma see ya again…

  • http://www.myspace.com/libskrib Adlib

    I would Pipe the shit outta her! You here that charlie. U is extra extra fine

  • Sign

    Charlie has stayed true to the game the game just didn’t stay true to her…I just hate to see loyal soldiers not get what they deserve. Charlie has been a down ass chick but the teams she repped for didn’t do all they could for her and that’s fucked up

  • derfla the hus’la

    she can spit a ryhmes or two…she can def get it…….wonder if big hit that?

  • BK-Banga

    mr. undisputed the mogul Says:

    March 13th, 2007 at 1:46 pm
    CHARLI HAS ALWAYS BEEN DOPE. THAT SONG & VIDEO SHE DID WITH GHOSTFACE IN THE HOOD IS STILL A HOT ASS JOINT THAT BANGS TO THIS VERY DAY!!!!!
    ^^^^^^^
    Word son i still bump that shit too, she has another joint W/ M.O.P from that album,…ooowie i fucks w/ Chucks. Her recent joint is on GAME mix Tape “stop snichin, stop lyin” she def. dug into Yayo & Fif on one of them tracks.
    Big Co’singed her, what y’all think she is? C’mon B, he put her in the Comission Not lil cease or lil Kim,…Chucks is Hot lyricaly & Literaly

  • Dr Flav

    On the real, cats dont need to be disrespectful. IF some ill shit happened like that, and I said IF, why broadcast? Its them tellin ass niggas that fuck up the game. Charli, you the truth ma! I remember the mixtape joints and Cam duets. I could hear the hunger and desire in you to outshine anybody not just females anybody. Give us the hotness and not all Storch tracks please!

  • Yo

    ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ……BOOOOOOOOOOOORRRRRRRRRRRIIIIIIIINNNNNNNNGGGGG
    GGGGG-UNIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Blackgyver

    Charlie – If you’re reading this, you have a hot up and coming producer three houses up from you. Follow the “Red Commander”. Think about it…You know who this is.

  • http://www.myspace/chamla.com JUNIOR OC

    I think Charlie should stick to hip hop, there will never be real gangstas that we respect her for what is trying to succeed. Sounds like she she is trying to be hard but your not…..

  • http://allhiphop.com Whoa

    stoneyisland Says:

    March 13th, 2007 at 12:04 pm
    Charli is still one fine muthafucka

    u niggaz must be high on crack She fuckin ugly as hell FUCK THIS BITCH!!

  • BERT

    She’s so dope

  • http://myspace.com/polohiphop Peezy Da Dro Man

    check out real rap…..myspace.com/polohiphop

  • yeaaaah

    myspace.com/polohiphop

  • confidential

    Yo CHARLIE you nailed that LONG KISS GOODNIGHT TRACK, u gotta re-release that, keep that storytelling going, u got a niche 4 it, u got a fan here, straight-up, unitl the album drops…..1

  • bws4lyfe

    BLACKWALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLIN’

  • Dade County 305

    she can spit! one thing i have to say. CB if ur really about your biz,ull work with 50 if he ask 2 do biz with u. u really cant blame The Unit. your former boss was bitch like 50 said he was n “back down”.i played 9yrs n the NFL. i know about gettin paper. so get your biz rite & get paper shawty.bcuz when its over,its over!!! you’re not gettin younger.so whateva bread ur makin CB,invest that shit babe. thats real talk!!!

  • Dade County 305

    REAL TALK CB, GO GET THAT PAPER. WE KNOW U CAN SPIT.IF U CAN WORK WITH GUNIT U SHOULD. DONT BE NO FUCKIN FOOL. GET MONEY SHAWTY! ITS NOT THAT NIGGA 50 FAULT YOUR SHIT DIDNT POP OFF WITH THE INC. U SAID IT YOURSELF IT WAS IRV.I GUESS 50 WAS RIGHT ABOUT YOUR FORMER BOSS BN A “BITCH” LIKE HE SAID ON “BACK DOWN”.I PLAYED 9YRS N THE NFL SO I KNOW ABOUT GETTIN PAPER.U’RE NOT GETTIN YOUNGER CB SO IF A NIGGA 50 COME AT U ABOUT A DEAL U BETTER WISE UP SHAWTY & GET MONEY WITH NIGGA THAT GOT THE GAME ON LOCK. U SEE STYLES P WAS TALKIN THAT BS WHEN HE WAS ON THE PHONE WITH 50 BUT HISS WISED UP WHEN THAT NIGGA FIF START TALKIN BOUT PAPER.GET MONEY A MKAE SURE YOUR DAUGHTER IS STRAIGHT & SET UP A TRUST 4 HER IF U DIDNT.MAKE SURE U INVEST WISE. REMEMBER, IT TAKES MONEY 2 MAKE MONEY!!! SET YA DAUGHTER UP CB. REMEMBER ITS NOT US ANYMORE WHEN WE HAVE KIDS. ITS ALL ABOUT YOUR KIDS. THATS REAL TALK!!! GOOD LUCK IN WHATEVA CHOICE U MAKE.

  • da_realting

    charlie whats gud? see you been down! loved you since you was fucking with b.i.g. im right across the bridge in jersey im a look you up when i come to philly. one!

  • http://NONE KILLABLACK

    Charlie dod your thing ma, i wishyou the best and she was spitting in the real era of rapp , so ill give her a chance, but real hiphop is in the building (myspace.com/blu-black)

  • http://xxlmag.com Angel

    yal need to quoit hatin on charli she is the shit and you know. dont disrepsct her again she will come after you

  • MARCFRESH

    dat is a real chick

  • MARCFRESH

    dat is a real chick

  • Dj-Nickel

    Dade County 305, Irv been a bigger man and do buissness with a lot of artist,unlike 50 snitching, and backing down for real from The INC, & SUpreme Team. oh and i been playing football too homeboy don’t worry, i dont have to type how much i play like you do. Charli get your money, if it is best then work with 50 if you want too, but your just going to flop like Lloyd Bank, mob deep, so keep working with Scott, get your money,good interview true story. The Inc coming back hard, so i dont think they fell off, but you did real talk, no hate.305.

  • Pizo
  • CONFIDENT

    XXL WHY WAS MY COMMENT DELETED?????????THATS A FIRST, IT WAS ALL POSITIVE??? charlie im coppin the album when it drops 4 sho & throw on the long kiss goodnight track for a bonus……..1

  • J.R.O.

    Yeah, she’s coming up. But, hasn’t she been coming up for the last ten years, or something, now?

  • DADE COUNTY 305

    dj nickel i respect what say & thats how u feel cool! im proud that i played 9yrs! i dont care if it played 1 or 2yrs. my point was, i grinded out 9yrs n the NFL & i know what it takes homie 2 get your paper. i wasnt drafted but i knew i was better than 99% of the niggaz that got drafted ahead of me.i lasted longer than 99% of them niggaz.CB on her grind & i feel like she’s an underdog just like i was. i keep hearin all this 50 snitch on these niggaz. plz show me some real GOV. papers say this man snitch!!! unlike scar face who snitch on lil troy. niggaz saw them papers when he snitch. niggaz b haitin on gunit cuz them niggaz gettin money. i jus wanna see the sista get bread bcuz she been through some shit.she got skiilz,she’s workin with one the best beat makers n the game. y not sign with gunit if the rite offer is on the table???

  • Shane

    Its almost like Charli Baltmore keeps getting hidin away… u always hear suppin big of her then thats it… with her workin with scott storch will make her and her new album BIG & her guest apperinces on Blackwall street mixtapes is makin her HOT! to see her “Bounce Back” with that gotti shit… i wanna no is there still beef with her n lil kim? cause her n lil kim got a callabo would be a HIT record

  • AkaDimpleZ

    I love Charlie…i gives a fuck what anybody say…that girl is too hard…yall dont like her yall some haters and yall know it…str8 up!

  • Marlon

    Dear MR.I was in The NFL 9 Years Dade County!! Nobody Cares, And Fif never sugested he might sign C.B That shit will never happen! Learn to read you illiterate Neandrithal. Stay off the hip hop posts & go play some pig skin. You should have went to college for 3years and done 6 in the NFL. You’d still have your knee’s and your glory day’s wouldn’t seem so long ago
    “get yer paper ma” fuck you sound like a retard, like Charli really gets her career advice from blog post. DADE COUNTY 305 IS A TIT!!!!

  • Marlon

    Oh &DJ Nickel Is a Turd Too

  • Matt Herbz

    oooh, that chick make me wanna shimmy my jimmy til it spurts…

  • http://www.msn.com King Ben

    Man! That is one bad bitch!!!!! Ive been a fan of this red haired bitch cuz she look like that skinny ass fine ass down bitch on your local block. Like you could smoke a blunt with the bitch and fuck. Sexy.

  • BIGNAT

    all i gotta say c.b. can spit and she not that bad on the eyes either. i would buy a album if she put it out

  • Cassadean

    Do ya thang. She lookin’ like the last hope for Lady HipHop. I hope she can rekindle some flames.

  • the infaMOUS LOS

    i hate to admit but she is right about irv not letting them niggas stand up for dem selves. it definetly fucked up ja carrer but charli b do ya thang ma

  • DJ Nickel

    I’m glad there people like Marlon saying my name, thank for the promotion. http://www.myspace.com/realdjnickel . love all fans holla.
    305 for life, latinos south side…

    i hope Charli don’t stop being raw, she been real all the time and she deserve to put some food on the table.

  • killa harv

    she cool

  • AkaDimpleZ

    lol@Marlon…so true…and why would she sign with G-Unit even if they offered…they tried to carry the shit outta her and her niggas (no matter how shady the INC. situation was). Besides what money is G-Unit makin? 50 such a fony – he gon talk about Ja Rule how he came out all hard and stuff then he started singing wit Ashanti..what the fuck? 50 did the same thing…came out all hard then he started singing wit Olivia and fuckin disappeared…G-Unit is whack! And I hope she bring back Lady Hip Hop too…

  • Dade County 305

    MARLON IF YOUR DUMB ASS READ WHAT THE FUCK DJ REPLYED 2 WHAT I WROTE 1ST THEN MAYBE YOUR LAME ASS WOULD KNOW.NIGGA U TALK PLENTY OF SHIT ON THE NET. I BET UR A FUCKIN PEON BACK FROM WHEREVA UR FROM. DUMB FUCK THE REPORTER ASK HER DOES SHE HAVE A PROBLEM WORKIN WITH FIF. OH YEAH NIGGA, DONT HATE BECAUSE YOUR BROKE ASS STILL LIVIN N YOUR MOM CRIB. NIGGA MY KNEES STRAIGHT & MONEY STRAIGHT!!!! NIGGA I GOT MY DEGREE N 3YRS N A HALF YRS NIGGA.WITH A FREE RIDE BROKE ASS NIGGA.AND 4 U AKADIMPLEZ(LOL) I HOPE UR A WOMAN WITH A NAME LIKE THAT. NUFF SAID ABOUT U. HOLLA BACK NET THUGS. IM FROM MIAMI NIGGA, WE DONT SAY MA DOWN HERE. MAKE SURE YOUR DUMB ASS READ WHAT I WROTE, U DUMB FUCK! AND MAKE SURE U & AKADIMPLEZ(PLZ B A WOMAN) READ THE FUCKIN ARTICLE AGIAN.

  • http://misterrickyblackplanet.com BossGame_305

    God Bless!

  • lexx ruga

    i’d fuck the shit out this bitch..i know big was diggin that!!!

  • http://none muzikmonster

    If you want to Listen to charli and Scott storch new track
    http://www.MySpace.com/ muzikmonster
    God bless you charli

  • http://WWW.MSN.COM KING BEN FO’ REAL

    Big was squashing that huh. Man I’d give her a tasty facial and bust all on her face fo real.

  • http://WWW.MSN.COM KING BEN FO’ REAL

    Big was squashing that huh. Man I’d give her a tasty facial and bust all on her face fo real.

  • http://uk.geocities.com/charlibaltimorebtinternet.com Ejay
  • http://uk.geocities.com/charlibaltimorebtinternet.com Ejay

    Nice come back Charli, can’t wait for your album to drop soon.
    Check out Chuck at http://uk.geocities.com/charlibaltimore@btinternet.com

  • http://talatestnews.info/ Ronda Ekins

    Is blogengine greater than hubpages in some manner? Should be which is becoming more popluar of late.