Angie Martinez & J. Cole
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THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
Angie Martinez is the “Voice of New York.” Now, for the first time, she candidly recounts the story of her rise to become an internationally celebrated hip hop radio icon.
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 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 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. My Voice gives an inside look at New York City’s one-of-a-kind urban radio culture, the changing faces of hip hop music, and Angie’s rise to become the Voice of New York.
From the Hardcover edition.
The voice of New York
Growing up in NYC, this book re-took me through all the events that occurred in hip hop. Angie tells the story from her point of view and I got to see if from a journalist position. I was moved, inspired, and every other emotion you can think of. I want to thank Angie for writing this. In this age where social media makes every event a blip, I got to feel again what it's like to live in the moment and soak in the present time. Excellent book.
This book was so good..I didn't expect it to be. It was no drama just genuinely real
Read it in two days, brought back a lot of memories from the era she was talking about as well as learning behind the scenes. Ang deserves so much credit of being a part of almost every historic moment in hip hop.