'The Diary (You Think You Know)(album)

The Diary (You Think You Know)
Studio album by
GenreHip hop, Gangsta rap
ProducerIrv Gotti, 7 Aurelius, Tru Stylze, Chink Santana, Scott Storch
Charli Baltimore chronology
Cold as Ice
The Diary (You Think You Know)
True Lies

The Diary (You Think You Know) is the second unreleased album by American rapper, Charli Baltimore. The album was to be her official solo debut album (after the cancellation of her other album, Cold as Ice), it was also expected to be Charli's big comeback. The album spawned a total of five buzz singles but none of them managed to chart. Because of the lack of charting performance from her singles and with no promotion from her label, the album was shelved.

Background and recording[]

After striking a deal with Murder Inc. CEO Irv Gotti, Charli Baltimore began recording the album in 2001 under the label. Most of the material from the album was recorded in Soundtrack Studios, Manhattan, New York City, New York.

During recording sessions, former label-mates claimed that Charli would have numerous songs completed and the quantity of them would be more than what producers, Irv Gotti and Chink Santana would have instrumental beats finished for her. At one point, a power outage occurred at the studio, where she and producers were working at, and shortly after the incident was resolved, Charli had recorded a total of 12 songs within that same night.

In 2002, it was revealed that she had named her album, The Diary; she had confirmed it was inspired by Diary. Charli briefly explained to MTV in a 2002 interview about the concept of the album:

I wanted to bring a whole new flavor to female rapping, like nothing that's ever been done, nothing that people would expect, but keep in the whole theme of The Diary — 'You think you know but you have no idea'.[1]


The album spawned five buzz singles in hopes of creating buzz for the album:

Release dates[]

The album was originally slated to be released on September 10, 2002,[8] however the cancellation of her single, "Hey Charli" pushed the album back to October 22, 2002. Shortly after the release of Charli's former home label, Murder Inc.'s compilation, Irv Gotti Presents: The Remixes, it was revealed via the album, and briefly reported by MTV, that The Diary would be released on December 3, 2002.[5] Following the announcement, more buzz singles from the album were released but failed to chart, thus her label pushed the album to a release sometime in the Summer of 2003. Months prior to the release of her album, Charli was slated to release her next single, "Charli, Charli", however due to undisclosed reasons the single was cancelled, Charli left the label and the album was shelved.

Track listing[]

2."Hey Charli" 
4."Get It Right" (feat. Cadillac Tah) 
5."Days Like This" 
6."Angel Dust '03" 
7."Charli, Charli" 
8."Make You Mine" (feat. Ashanti) 
9."Philly's Finest" (feat. Eve) 
10."Still Waiting" (feat. Pink) 
11."No One Does It Better" (feat. Ashanti) 
12."Murderous Bitch" (feat. Vita) 
13."Ghetto Fabulous" (feat. Jewell) 
14."Showdown" (feat. Cadillac Tah, Black Child & D.O. Cannon) 
15."Get At Me Dawg" 
16."You Want Me Dead" 
17."Ill Bitch" 
18."Niggas Ain't Shit" (feat. Quarter & Nina) 



  1. ^ 2002 MTV Interview
  2. ^ https://www.allmusic.com/album/irv-gotti-presents-the-inc-r595851
  3. ^ Album Diary de Charli Baltimore sur CDandLP
  4. ^ Problem Encountered
  5. ^ a b Charli Baltimore's Working All Night And Needs Pink - MTV
  6. ^ Problem Encountered
  7. ^ "Charlie - Charli Baltimore: LP - GEMM.com". www.gemm.com. Archived from the original on 2011-07-25.
  8. ^ https://www.allmusic.com/album/the-diary-r610045