Hard to Kill
The Philadelphia rappers name is synonymous in hip-hop with being the girlfriend of the late Notorious Big. Ms. Baltimore’s career has been an eventful one to say the least. She was signed to Lance Un” Rivera’s label Un Entertainment, part of the super group The Commission, which consisted of Biggie and Jay-Z, and also well known for affiliation with Murder Inc. Out of the 14 years of ups and down in the game, she has no album under her belt. Hard to Kill is exactly what Charli is with all the constant setbacks the game has thrown her way.
Charli is now the co-owner of her own label, BMB records, with Detroit rapper Trick Trick. The 11-track mix tape features guest appearances from Trick Trick, L Streetz , Cash Paid and her daughter India. The tape opens up appropriately with the track BMB, where Baltimore and Trick Trick rap about their allegiance to BMB and the clout the group carries. BMB affiliation is kept up with the second track ‘I Be’ featuring Chicago female rapper and BMB artist L Streetz. On this cut Baltimore shows she hasn’t lost a step in rhyming with her vicious flow going perfectly with the beat.
The standout track on the album 1 Queen has Baltimore back down memory lane rapping over the Dr. Dre produced beat 3 Kings recollecting growing up in the tough city of Philly citing lines “A baby having bays likes it’s the norm”.
There is one misstep on the mix tape with track “Goodbye” with its bland beat. Baltimore makes up with the latter tracks such as ‘Queen 2 Be’, where ‘Coming to America’s’ ‘She Is Your Queen” is the sample track. Overall the mix tape is solid effort and it’s nice to see Ms. Baltimore spitting hard East coast rhymes that we’ve come to know her for. Hopefully we will hear more from Ms. Baltimore, because more lyrical females are needed in this game.