Angie Martinez Tells All: The Stories Behind Her Classic Interviews

Interview with Jay-Z After "Ether," 2001

Angie Martinez: “Honestly, the Jay-Z and Nas thing was crazy. I know it was a big spectacle. He was broken down and I wasn’t used to seeing him like that and I hated it, I hated it for Nas, I hated it for Jay, I hated it for the energy it was stirring in the streets and I just hate all that negative energy. 

 

He was broken down and I wasn’t used to seeing him like that and I hated it, I hated it for Nas, I hated it for Jay, I hated it for the energy it was stirring in the streets and I just hate all that negative energy.

 

"But sometimes that happens and it’s real life and things happen. You deal with it, you keep it moving but when you’re in the middle of it or it’s going down and people want you to have an opinion on it and people are judging your opinions on it, it’s such a negative, nasty space. So when it’s over, it’s like, ‘Phew, we got through another one.That interview was one where I felt like a heavy burden.

"After the Jay and Nas thing happened, I think Jay took a vacation and went away for a while. Then he came home and it was like he was back, his spirits, his comedy. It was a really fun, I was really happy to see him in that space when he came back and it was a really fun interview. I know the other ones are big spectacles but, most of these people I genuinely like so I like when they are in a good place and we have a fun interesting interview. It just felt like a good moment to me, a happy ending in a weird way for that whole chapter."

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