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Angie Martinez has been the reigning "Voice of New York" for over two decades now and her repertoire in the hip-hop world is legendary. She started her career down in Miami at Power 96 as an intern but once she turned 18 and moved back to New York, she got pretty comfortable at Hot 97. Coming up, the Bronx native did just about everything from being on the street team to driving the vans and watching the administration behind one of New York's most powerful radio stations.
Now, over 20 years later, sitting in Martinez's studio means you've made it in music. Her afternoon radio show consistently ranks among the top in the country. She's been the voice of reason in tension-filled interviews with The Lox and Diddy and Cam'ron and 50 Cent; she flew to Los Angeles for 2Pac's post-prison interview in the early '90s and spoke with Notorious B.I.G. and Mary J. Blige back in 1995. These days, she's responsible for introducing A$AP Rocky to his namesake, the legendary Rakim, and giving Justin Bieber a platform to show off his rap skills.
She's living the best of both worlds, too. As the mother to her 9-year-old son, Niko, an actress, television guest, and activist for youth and women's issues, Martinez can still head to the grocery store in peace. She's taken her brand far beyond radio but is still considered one of the strongest voices on-air. Angie spoke with Complex about some of her most memorable interviews and future plans, which include a healthy Latin cookbook with Fat Joe, her charity Angie's Guest Closet, and tomorrow's Backyard BBQ at Studio Square.
As told to Lauren Nostro (@LAURENcynthia)