Angie Martinez shocked the radio world when she announced her resignation from the place she called home for over 20 years, Hot 97. First addressing the issue on Instagram then on the radio, she said, “Today I resigned from HOT97. I am grateful to the Emmis family for my time with the company and the immeasurable way that it has shaped my life,” among other things in a lengthy post.
Her announcement shocked not just the tri-state area but around the world as she influenced radio, music, movies, and latinos all over. As we say our cyber goodbye to the women (well kind of, since she’s officially taking her talents to rival company Power 105.1), who inspired women to get behind the microphone and be the voice of their people, learn 8 things you may not know about Angie Martinez.
Photo Credit: Instagram
She started at the age of 16 as an intern answering the hot lines for Hot 97. Funk Master Flex took her under his wing and from there she manifested her career into what it is today.
Photo Credit: Getty Images
Her afternoon show has been ranked #1 with more young listeners more than any other radio program in the country.
She has a son, Niko Ruffin, with Dru Hill’s Nokio.
She appeared in Brown Sugar as herself but gave her acting chops a shot in Blood’s Thicker Than Water and Paper Soldiers—the film that helped get Kevin Hart’s name out there as well.
KRS-One encouraged Angie to follow her mic dreams and become a rapper. She was featured on a lot of tracks from the aforementioned rapper’s “Heartbeat” to “Ladies Night Remix” with the ladies of hip hop—Lil Kim, Missy Elliott, Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, and Da Brat. The days women were unified and not beefing.
She was a judge for American Idol‘s second season but quit after a few days of auditioning. Crushing dreams made her too uncomfortable she said in an interview.
After her judging fiasco, she opened up a camp for young women to motivate them to pursue their dreams.
If you don’t already know she also goes by “The Voice of New York.”