Angie Martinez has conducted some of hip-hop’s most iconic interviews, many of which are considered to be part of the music industry canon. As the unofficial “Voice of New York,” she’s gotten the likes of Nas, Snoop Dogg, Tupac and more to open up in ways few others can. In short, Angie’s history with hip-hop is deep.
Most notably, the New York native interviewed Tupac on several occasions over the years, including the legendary rapper’s iconic 1996 interview that was done months before his passing. It’s fair to say that Angie’s archives are among the most valuable in hip-hop history.
But she didn’t always treat them that way.
In a recent interview with Page Six discussing her WE tv show, Untold Stories of Hip Hop, the radio personality admitted she might have been a little careless in the past with a stash of recordings of some of her most rare interviews. She revealed that she had been literally storing the tapes in her laundry room, until another music icon intervened.
At the time, Angie only aired 12 minutes of their full two-hour conversation over fears it would further inflame the East vs. West rap beef back in the day. The radio veteran revealed that she was literally storing the tapes in her laundry room although the recordings are in a “safe [and] secure place now.”
“They were literally in boxes in my laundry room,” she confessed to the publication, adding that it was Jay-Z who got on her case and advised to take better care of her work — especially her Tupac recordings — for fear of an accident that would erase it from history.
The tapes have since been digitized, while the physical copies are at a place only Angie knows.
Thank goodness Jay saved the day on this one!
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