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Education: Attended Catholic schools in Philadelphia; obtained paralegal certification. Addresses: Record company--Murder Inc. Rapper and vocalist Charli Baltimore has faced many obstacles and troubles in her life and career. Her first two albums, both much anticipated, fell through the cracks due to shifts in the fast-moving hip-hop music industry. Prior to that she suffered a series of personal tragedies, culminating in the murder of her mentor and romantic partner, rapper Biggie Smalls. Yet a pair of hit singles showed Baltimore's potential, and she has been able to generate publicity and buzz even while searching for her place in the business. Baltimore was born Tiffany Lane in Philadelphia on August 16, ; she took the name Charli Baltimore from the code name of the assassin character played by actress Geena Davis in the film The Long Kiss Goodnight. Her father was German and her mother African-American. Attending Catholic schools in Philadelphia, Baltimore loved to write poetry and got interested in music after hearing classic rappers Rakim and Big Daddy Kane. When she was bored in school, she wrote raps of her own.
Charli Baltimore began her musical career when she met The Notorious B. He began encouraging Ms. Lane to pursue a career in rap music, eventually hatching a plan to start a hip-hop trio called "The Commission", which would include himself, Charli Baltimore, and rapper Jay Z. Unfortunately, those plans were destroyed with Smalls' murder in March of Following the death of The Notorious B.