Angie Martinez: The leg­endary ra­dio per­son­al­ity talks to In Touch about get­ting up close and per­sonal with A-list artists

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Angie Martinez dishes on every­one from Jay Z to Justin Bieber

Be­fore Bey­oncé, there was … Angie Martinez. From the ear­li­est days of his ca­reer, Jay Z used to in­vite the hip-hop DJ to sit in his car and lis­ten to his mu­sic be­fore the rest of the world could hear it. “He trusted my opin­ion,” Angie tells In Touch. “He ap­pre­ci­ated that I was hon­est. I’d tell him, ‘I hate the third verse on this song.’” That’s just one of the count­less be­hind-the-scenes sto­ries Angie dishes about in her new book, My Voice. From the fi­nal in-depth in­ter­view with late rapper Tu­pac Shakur to her raw and re­veal­ing sit-down with Chris Brown af­ter his at­tack on Ri­hanna to her own phys­i­cal fight with her then-ri­val DJ Wendy Wil­liams, Angie, 45, holds noth­ing back. “I’ve had an amaz­ing ca­reer,” says the mom of Niko, 13, “and I just re­ally wanted to doc­u­ment it all.” Angie broke into ra­dio at age 16, an­swer­ing the phones as an in­tern at New York’s Hot 97. Soon she was host­ing the af­ter­noon drive and reigned supreme right up through her move to Power 105 in 2014. She had an in­stant rap­port with the artists she talked to. Lil Wayne liked her so much he once had a di­a­mond ten­nis bracelet hand-de­liv­ered to her Angie sat down with Chris soon af­ter he beat up then­girl­friend Ri­hanna. “I wasn’t there to be judge and jury. I wanted to talk about what hap­pened and what his take was.” She thinks he’s come a long way: “Hav­ing a kid changed him a lot.” for her birth­day. “I was just star­ing at it think­ing, This has got to be a $40,000 bracelet! Is he crazy?” she re­calls. Some in­ter­views were tougher than oth­ers. “The hard­est one was with Chris Brown in 2009,” she shares. “It’s also the in­ter­view I feel proud­est of. I tried to be fair to him as a hu­man be­ing.” Her 1996 Tu­pac in­ter­view lasted two hours, but she cut it to 12 min­utes be­cause she didn’t want to pour ga­so­line on the East Coast–west Coast rap war. “It was a hostile time,” she says (Tu­pac was shot to death in Las Ve­gas in Septem­ber of that year). Her beef with Wendy Wil­liams made head­lines when a heated ex­change turned vi­o­lent. “Be­fore I knew it, I was swing­ing at her,” Angie says, re­call­ing a long his­tory of Wendy talk­ing trash about her on-air. She’s clocked al­most 30 years in the busi­ness, and has no plans of go­ing off the air any time soon. “Grow­ing up, I never imag­ined this would be my life,” says Angie, who lives in New Jer­sey with her man­ager boyfriend, his son and Niko. “I’m just one of those peo­ple who got an op­por­tu­nity and worked re­ally, re­ally hard.”

— Re­port­ing by Katie Bruno The R&B diva threw Angie a baby shower at the Hot 97 set. “No one is more fes­tive than Mariah,” says Angie. “There was cake, bal­loons, cham­pagne. … It was so sweet.” “Peo­ple should give him a break,” Angie says of the bad-boy pop star. “I got good vibes from him and was im­pressed with how much clas­sic hip-hop he knew. He did a Big­gie [Smalls] rap for me!”

Bro­hdee “runs in a goofy way when he’s ex­cited,” which re­minds owner Erin Na­juch of the talk show host’s dance moves. And, like the fa­mous ve­gan, “He loves eat­ing fruits and veg­gies.”

DIG­GING JAY Z HER MEM­OIR Angie’s book, hit

“He’s a stand-up per­son,” Angie raves of her good friend Jay Z, whom she first met in the mid-’90s. Of his mar­riage to Bey­oncé, Angie says, “It’s in­spi­ra­tional to see a cou­ple thrive and stay to­gether in this crazy world.”

CHRIS BROWN KANYE WEST MARIAH CAREY JUSTIN BIEBER NICKI MI­NAJ “Nicki re­ally opened up to me about love and re­la­tion­ships,” re­calls Angie. “She’s al­ways in­ter­est­ing to talk to be­cause she’s out­spo­ken and also very con­fi­dent.” DRAKE

“Kanye gets a bad rap,” Angie in­sists. “Un­der­neath all the provoca­tive things he says, I think he’s re­ally try­ing to in­spire peo­ple and raise the bar.”

Angie ad­mits she doesn’t know if on/off cou­ple Drake and Ri­hanna are in it for the long haul: “They may be friends with ben­e­fits,” she says. “They’re both young and tal­ented. Any­thing can hap­pen there.”

Bro­hdee, Depew, N.Y.

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