Angie Martinez Interviewed By Power 105 Team, Talks 2Pac (Video)
Since her recent resignation from her longtime seat at HOT 97, Angie Martinez steps into the other side of the booth and fields questions from her new colleagues, Power 105’s DJ Envy, Charlamagne Tha God, and the rest of the gang. In the interview, Angie discusses her desire for growth at Power (1:45), her current relationship with HOT 97 (4:50), her surprise at the reactions she received from artists towards her resignation (8:40), and what she feels has changed the most with media over the years (18:50).
During her 25 years at HOT 97, Angie was able to meet and interview a wide variety of artists from Jay Z, Kanye West, and Drake. Charlamagne Tha God commends Angie on her uncanny ability to make such artists comfortable in the booth and their desire as radio personalities to emulate her skill. One such artist who felt comfortable around Angie was Tupac Shakur, an interview she considers her biggest to this day (12:00).
When pressed, Angie revealed that she hasn’t dropped her infamously unreleased two-hour-long interview, in which she describes Tupac as being very emotional and angry, because she is worried that certain people may be truly affected by his words. Angie took the interview during the height of the East Coast and West Coast rivalry, but despite the turmoil, Tupac flew Angie out to California. While he was shooting a movie, ‘Pac, amongst other things, fed her New York-style pizza to make her feel at home. This character trait seems to have resonated with Angie and is one that she continues to weave into her own working style today. Despite the fact that there were many other prominent interview specialists from the Big Apple to choose from, Tupac said that when he was in jail listening to radio in New York that Angie was the only person who didn’t “dirty his name” or say anything non-factual. He even wrote a letter to her about it that she has displayed and framed in her kitchen.
Catch the rest of the interview below and be sure to listen to Angie when she officially is on the Power 105 roster in her usual 2-6 EST slot, playing from New York to Miami.