Angela Angie Martinez (born January 9, 1971, Brooklyn, New York) is an American radio personality, former rapper, and actress. Known as “The Voice of New York”, her afternoon radio show has consistently been ranked #1 with more young listeners than any other radio program in the country. Angie Martinez got her first break in radio at the age of 16 answering hot lines at the urban radio station WQHT (Hot 97). There she met popular DJ Funkmaster Flex, and began working as his protégé. Martinez quickly picked up on the craft of running a successful radio program. Executives at the station decided to give her a chance, even though she lacked on-air experience. As an actress, Angie received small roles in independent hip hop films such as Blood is Thicker Than Water and Paper Soldiers. She then appeared in Brown Sugar starring Taye Diggs, Queen Latifah and Sanaa Lathan. In 1996, Martinez was encouraged to give rapping a shot by friend KRS-One. She appeared on his track Heartbeat from his 1997 album I Got Next. After the song gained a strong fan following, another friend, Lil' Kim, offered her a spot on the Ladies Night Remix of her song Not Tonight for the Nothing to Lose soundtrack. Along with Missy Elliott, Lisa Left Eye Lopes and Da Brat, the ladies enjoyed one of the most successful singles of 1997. It peaked on the Billboard Hot 100 chart at #2, and reached #1 on the Hip-Hop / R&B charts and the Rap charts respectively. The single sold over 1,000,000 copies and was c...
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