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 25, 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.
©2016 Angie Martinez (P)2016 Penguin Audio
I waited for this book to be released in audio because I knew the power of hearing it told from such an iconic voice. Angie did not disappoint. Hearing a first person account of the culture that I was molded by was fascinating. Ive known Angie's connection to hip hop for long time, but hearing the details was amazing. I feel like I just had a conversation with a legend of our culture.
I'm glad I bought the Audible book instead of the hardback. It was nice to hear Angie with her New York accent tell her story. She makes you feel like you are just chillin with her at home over drinks as she gives you the run down of hip hop over the years. This book is not just about hip hop but also about Angie's strong work ethic. She worked hard, starting at the bottom to make it to the top of her game.
This book is great. Not only does it shed a new light on some of the major parts of the history of hip hop, it explores how media has developed and made an impact over the past few decades. Angie is a figurehead in both of these industries, and I find it inspiring how she didn't sugarcoat anything. Being able to hear her story literally in her voice through the audiobook was the icing on top of the cake. I recommend this to anyone who loves culture, radio, or just wants to hear from an inspiring woman about how she conquered a world that many can't even tap into.
This book is AMAZING!!! I never wanted it to end. Very well written! There's no way you cannot like this book, Angie made me feel like I was there with her through each phase of her life. When she cried I cried. Like with her interviews the things she talks about in this book are truly exclusive. Questions that I had about things that happened in the hip hop industry I got answers to in this book. The things I've learned are mind blowing, & the advice I'll forever take with me. Thank you Angie for this amazing piece of work it truly is a great book!!
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