In her current reign at Power 105.1 and for nearly two decades at New York’s Hot 97, Angie Martinez has had one of the highest rated radio shows in the country. After working her way up as an intern, she burst on the scene as a young female jock whose on-air “Battle of the Beats” segment broke records and became a platform for emerging artists like a young Jay Z. Angie Martinez quickly became known for intimate, high-profile interviews, mediating feuds between artists, and taking on the most controversial issues in hip hop. At age twenty-five, at the height of the East Coast/West Coast rap war, Angie was summoned by Tupac Shakur for what would be his last no-holds-barred interview—which has never aired in its entirety and which she’s never discussed in detail—until now.
Angie Martinez shares stories from behind-the-scenes of her most controversial conversations, from onetime presidential hopeful Barack Obama to superstars like Mary J. Blige and Chris Brown, and describes her emotional, bittersweet final days at Hot 97 and the highly publicized move to Power 105.1. She also opens up about her personal life—from her roots in Washington Heights and her formative years being raised by a single mom in Brooklyn to exploring the lessons that shaped her into the woman she is today.
From the Puerto Rican Day Parade to the White House—Angie is universally recognized as a powerful voice in the Latino and hip hop communities.
Angela (“Angie”) Martinez (born January 9, 1971) is an American radio personality, former rapper, and actress. Nicknamed “The Voice of New York”, her afternoon radio show has consistently been ranked #1 with more young listeners than any other radio program in the country.
Angie Martinez got her first break in radio at the age of 16 answering hot lines at the urban radio station WQHT (“Hot 97”). There she met popular DJ Funkmaster Flex, and began working as his protégé. Martinez quickly picked up on the craft of running a successful radio program. She hosted the Afternoon Drive weekdays, alongside HOT 97‘s DJ Enuff, where she interviewed the biggest names in music such as Kanye West and Mariah Carey. She resigned from Hot 97 on June 18, 2014.
“Angie Martinez is more than just the “Voice of New York.” She embodies New York—STRONG, OUTSPOKEN, HONEST, AND REAL. Everyone in New York, the greater metropolitan area, and beyond would benefit from reading My Voice. It is a fascinating look at Angie’s life, her incredible career, and the evolution of the music business from her one-of-a-kind perspective.”—Senator Cory Booker
“Growing up as a Puerto Rican girl in New York City, I looked up to Angie, like so many other girls. She has been a POSITIVE AND EMPOWERING INFLUENCE in my life. I absolutely love this woman! Her own words in this book demonstrate why she is so loved and why her authenticity is so admired. My Voice does not disappoint!”—Adrienne Bailon
“Angie Martinez is a true friend and supporter of artists. She’s a businesswoman, philanthropist, and a TRUE CHAMPION OF OUR CULTURE, who has forever altered the landscape of radio and hip-hop music.”—Jennifer Lopez