Charli Baltimore: A (Peripheral) Business Story
Charli Baltimore, Iceberg Slim
The most shady, Frankie Baby
“Don’t worry about Brooklyn, I continue to flame
Therefore a world with amnesia won’t forget your name
You held it down long enough, let me take those reigns
And just like your spirit, the Commission remains”
Poised for achievement. Proper there. Using the wave. Then. Gone. Charli Baltimore had subsequent. If Junior Mafia had a shot, and Lil Kim was placed on, then it made excellent sense that Baltimore was going to be dropping an LP any minute. She was within the “Get Money” video, was at all times with Biggie, then he was lifeless.
Biggie had plans. He needed Charli to be in a supergroup of kinds, The Fee, which was Jay Z, Diddy, Lil Stop and Biggie. However that by no means got here to fruition. However hey, she nonetheless had a file deal.
After which there was “Money” on the Woo Soundtrack. Charli bought some press, an album was anticipated…however then….nothing. Chilly as Ice bought a promotional launch — which means there are nonetheless reviews on the market — nevertheless it by no means noticed the sunshine of day and was shelved.
No downside. She bought down with Murder Inc. They have been profitable. For those who have been of age, you keep in mind that Ja Rule/Charli Baltimore collabo, “Down Ass Bitch.” Shit was on the radio no less than 5 instances a day again in ‘02.
But this was the early aughts. You either went platinum or you went wood. Baltimore had some singles that were released, none of which were as big as her collaboration tracks yet it was still announced that an album was on the way.
It never came to be. The Feds raided Murder Inc and buried them under legal shit for two years. The Gotti brothers were exonerated of all charges in 2005…but the damage was done…times had changed. And there was no place for Charli Baltimore.
Although the name still rings out, unfortunately it’s not for both of her (shelved) albums. Who is aware of the place Charli would have ranked within the pantheon of MCs. However alas, it’s simply one other Business Story.