Angie Martinez Tells All: The Stories Behind Her Classic Interviews

Interview with 2Pac Post-Prison, 1995

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Angie Martinez: “Well, that was definitely a classic one. The raw version of that has never come out, I still have it at my house, I’m waiting for the day where it feels appropriate and right, I don’t know if I could put it out for the world. Initially, at the time, I felt it was going to back a bad situation worse. He was angry, he was emotional at that time. Luckily before he passed, I was able to talk to him about it and why I didn’t air the whole thing. He was totally cool with it, he got it, he gave me a hug at the MTV Awards so it was cool, I feel okay with it. 

 

Sometimes a big interview is not worth not being able to sleep at night, so I had to make a decision. I edited it down to something that I felt kind of said how he felt and where he was in his life.

 

"Listen, sometimes a big interview is not worth not being able to sleep at night, so I had to make a decision. I edited it down to something that I felt kind of said how he felt and where he was in his life but also I took out some of the more inflammatory stuff that was going on at the time out of there. Definitely one of the classics. Like I said, I was young, I flew to L.A. to do that interview with him, I went by myself, I didn’t know anyone there. It was a little scary for me, I was in uncharted territory for me at that time.

"I wish the grown-up or experienced me would be able to interview him now. I think I would hold him accountable a little more for some of the stuff that he was saying. I think 2Pac was so smart and I think at that point, way smarter than I was so he was able to out-talk me on a few things where now, I think I would be able to keep up with him. This was one specific case, that wasn’t something that I did often. It was long anyway, I sat in the guys house for two hours. It wasn’t like I had him in the radio station, we were live, we didn’t tape them, they were live interviews so whatever happened just happened.

“Yeah the [women and bitches part] was a piece of the post-prison interview. That was so long ago. That was the same interview but that’s what I mean about him, he was so smart. You could talk to him about anything from politics to gangs to poetry. He was that interesting of a person. He was one of my favorite people to have had the opportunity to interview."

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