Catch up...Charli Baltimore: The B.I.G. Picture, Pt. 1
They show in Notorious Biggie building the character of Lil Kim. How
instrumental was Biggie in the building of Charli Baltimore?
Ive always been me. My style is my style. I guess thats why Big liked me. Big
would come to me for advice about Kim. He was building an artist. As far as I
was concerned, I never really had the chance because Big passed before we were
able to capitalize or move forward with The Commission, which was our group. As
far as [Kims] style is concerned, I dont think you can make somebody an
anything. He definitely asked me my advice like what do you think about Kim and
how should I approach this and that. I always offered my input. At the end of
the day, she still came out the way she came out.
The VIBE article that recently came
out talks about how Kim had a problem with this film; she didnt like how she
was portrayed. In the film, shes a really sympathetic character because shes getting thrown around the soundbooth by Big, and shes
crying like, Why doesnt he love me? Another thing that she had a problem
with was Naturi Naughton being too dark and how she wanted Christina Milian to
portray her because she felt it was more accurate.
Wanted Christina Milian to portray her as Lil Kim? I wasnt aware they were
the same complexion [laughs]. Again I didnt see the movie but last I checked,
well I dont know what color she is right now, but she was brown-skinned. Maybe
shes light-skinned now. I dont know. People change skin tones in this day and
age. I cant see Christina Milian portraying Lil Kim. Thats not that seems
really weird to me, but you know, to each his own.
Junior M.A.F.I.A. f/ The Notorious B.I.G. "Get Money" Video
They showed some violent scenes between Lil Kim and Big. Did you witness any
The only violence I ever saw was a situation where Big and I were together on
the bus and my clothes were strewn all over the bus and I couldnt figure out
why I didnt know what was going on at the time. I said, Why are my clothes
all over the bus like this? They were folded up nice and neat. We were in the
back of the bus and I walked off the bus and when I was coming back on Kim was
getting kicked off the bus foot to her butt, onto the ground. She had rummaged
through my clothing, Big was upset about it and he kicked her on the butt off
the bus. That was the only violence Ive ever seen between them.
I mean hes never touched me on a physical level of any
sort, so I dont know. But like I said, it was a while before I knew they had a
personal relationship. We were in videos and everything together, Kim and I. We
spoke, we had conversations and everything. Things got a little out of hand
towards the end, but it was never anything physical, nah. Not with me and her
anyway. Ive never seen Big strike her. Ive overheard conversations later, not
during that time when I came into the industry where it was a weird
conversation I overheard that said when you have a female artist, theres
always someone that needs to have sex with that person to gain control over the
I felt like that was the most ignorant thing Ive ever heard
and it was a conversation actually between Un and Big. So I guess they were
debating who should have sexual control over the situation to garner control of
the project, because towards the end of Kims project there were a lot of
problems. So I would say other than that, no Ive never seen anything.
You and Kim were in the Get Money video together you play Faith.
Thats another thing Id love to clear up, please, if we can. Ive said this a
zillion times and for some reason people just never listen I was not playing
Faith in that video. Im a Philly girl. They dye their hair all different
colors. I actually had blonde short hair at the time, and Im a teenager. Im a
teenager, never been in a video Im not thinking if I have blonde hair Im
going to be perceived as Faith. That was not the intention. I would never as a
woman, a self-respecting woman, portray another woman in a video. Unless were
doing a movie and were doing some sort of biopic, Id never portray Faith in a
I was portraying the person that Big was talking about in
the song. It wasnt Faith either, it was just a record. It was never directed
towards Faith. If I had brown hair, they would have never said anything of the
sort. Just to clarify that, Big told me, Yo, before we do this video ma,
please dye you hair back brown. Im a Philly girl, at the time Im wearing
weave, Im like, No n***a I done dyed my hair blonde, Im not dying it back
brown. Im standing my ground with the blonde hair.
If I would have known the repercussions that came behind me
having this hair, and people saying I was dissing Faith or portraying her in
any sense, I would have never done it. Big did definitely asked me to change my
hair color. So no, as a self-respecting female, I would never portray another
woman, especially someones wife in a video. I would never do that so Id like
to clear that up. That was never the case. I just so happened to coincidentally
have blonde hair and thats that.
Ok, thanks for clearing that up. It sounds like theres no animosity between
you and Faith. Was it always cool with you guys or is it just that youre so
far past it now that its just like kind of whatever?
We had our bad moments, but at the end of the day once her and Big were
completely separated, she was quite respectful towards me and vice versa. I
mean weve had slight disagreements. Nothing ever physical, not to that extent.
Weve had conversations about Big just like any other women do. They werent
together. People make it seem like mistress, blah blah blah they werent
together. Faith had moved on with her life. You know and soon after Big died
she was married. I dont know how long after he died but she remarried so, you
You had been living with Big around the time of his passing. Is that correct?
I had my own place. I stayed with Big from time to time I had keys. I wasnt
living there per se but I would stay there from time to time. Big had n****s
that lived in that house. If Ima live with somebody it needs to be just be me
and that person.
Kim obviously knew that you were with Biggie?
Charli Baltimore: Umm-hmm. She saw us
together many times, I guess she was just not allowed to speak on it. I dont
know. I have no idea. I dont know how that situation goes, because if Im with
somebody and Im their girlfriend and theres somebody else involved, Im going
to speak on it. Ive been in the studio with Kim, Ive been in Kims company,
shes seen all types of jewelery and cars and everything else Big bought me and
never had much to say so I dont understand where the girlfriend thing comes in
When you learned that something was still going on between the two of them, was
this when Big was still alive or you found out after the fact?
I knew towards the end, me and Kim had an argument. Me
and Kim had a pretty heated argument where oh yea that turned into a little
violent incident [between Big and Kim] from what I understand. I didnt
witness, it but I heard about it.
between him and her?
Between Big and her for her disclosing information to me that I guess she
wasnt supposed to disclose.
Did you know Big the longest out of you, Faith, and Kim?
Charli Baltimore: No I didnt actually. They knew him way
before I did. From what I understand Kim was Bigs babysitter or something to
that effect. I came in during the whole separation period. Big had his own
place, Faith had her own place and I dont know where Kim lived. I only saw her
in the studio and on the road.
Any final thoughts that you wanted to clear up regarding you and Biggie?
Charli Baltimore: Well anybody that knows Big, or D-Roc or
Cease or any person that lived in Bigs house even Ms. Wallace whether she
wants to believe it or not, knows that I was Bigs girl. I dont need to say it
every five minutes, I dont need to throw Big a dinner every year on his
birthday and sit his picture there and pray all praises be to Big. I know what
I had with Big, and I dont need to explain it to everyone.
The only reason Im really speaking out on it at this point
is because something got misconstrued over something else that went on. This
really has nothing to do with the movie. This has something to do with an
interview I did that got totally misconstrued last year before the movie was
even popular and getting ready to come out. Honestly, I wasnt even going to do
any sort of interview or anything about this, but my best friend sort of made
me do it and I did it on the strength of lets just clarify this right fast.
Because there are some things, there are some facts that are totally wrong and
its not cool.
As far as the movies concerned, I could care less because
it doesnt really make me a difference. I know what I had with Big and I dont
feel as though I need to constantly go over it and explain it to anyone. Big
would turn over in his grave if he saw the circus that was made of his life. I
think the people should focus on his music and leave his personal life where it
is. He has a son and a daughter and thats great. Its a shame hes not here to
see his son and his daughter grow up, and I think thats what people should think
about. Not about who Big was banging. It was a long time ago. Im sure every
woman in this world has someone in their past that theyre like geez and I was
dealing with this person, why?
At the end of the day, I was young. People learn from their
mistakes. We all were young at the time. Im not sitting here saying that
anything anyone was doing was the right thing. The only person that had any
legal obligations to Big was his wife. Im not going to disrespect anyone in
this conversation, because I dont know what Big was saying to anybody. Big Im
sure was saying one thing to Kim, one thing to Faith and another whole thing to
me. I was a teenager so that was one of my first real relationships that I was
a part of. I had never vibed with someone that was separated from a wife. So I
dont know the ins and outs of how that goes, so you know I learned as I went
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