Angie Martinez (born Angela Martinez on January 9, 1971 in Brooklyn, New York) is a former hip-hop rapper from the early 2000s.
While growing up in Brooklyn, Angie was introduced to music from her mother (who worked as a program director at a jazz music radio station). She later discovered hip-hop music and worked at a radio station in Miami, Florida, answering phones.
After returning to New York, Angie began working at radio station Hot 97. Rapper KRS-One encouraged her to give rapping a chance and Angie’s impressive improvisational rapping skills led to her working with Redman on his single “Heart Beat” and she also got a chance to work with Mary J. Blige.
In 1997, Angie was featured on Lil’ Kim’s single “Not Tonight” (which also featured Da Brat, Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes from TLC and Missy Elliott). The song peaked at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was even nominated for a Grammy Award.
A year later, she was featured on Beenie Man’s single “Tell Me” which was a moderate hit on the R&B charts. Angie was featured on other artists’ songs such as Cuban Link & N.O.R.E. along with recording interludes for mixtapes by DJ Clue, Kid Capri and DJ Kayslay.
Angie even appeared in the music video for Jay-Z and R. Kelly’s song “Guilty Until Proven Innocent”. She would later sign with Elektra Records.
In 2000, Angie released her debut single “Mi Amor” featuring Jay-Z, which peaked at #51 on Billboard’s Hot R&B\Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart, staying on the chart for 14 weeks.
Her follow-up single “Dem Thangs” peaked at #24 on Billboard’s Hot Rap Singles chart and #80 on Billboard’s Hot R&B\Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart, staying on the chart for 10 weeks.
In April of 2001, Angie released her debut album “Up Close and Personal” which peaked at #32 on the Billboard 200 and #7 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.
Her third single “Coast 2 Coast (Suavemente)” featuring Wyclef Jean didn’t appear to make the Billboard charts at all. One of the tracks from her debut album “Live at Jimmy’s” managed to peak at #22 on Billboard’s Latin Tropical\Salsa Airplay chart.
After the release of her debut album, Angie began working on her follow-up album and in order to build anticipation for it, she appeared on the BET Network’s show “Rap City” and began a nationwide radio tour.
In 2002, Angie released the lead single from her upcoming album “If I Could Go” featuring rapper Sacario and R&B singer Lil’ Mo.
The song peaked at #15 on the Billboard Hot 100, #11 on Billboard’s Top 40 Mainstream chart, #11 on Billboard’s Hot Rap Singles chart, #12 on Billboard’s Top 40 Tracks chart and #26 on Billboard’s Hot R&B\Hip-Hop Singles chart, staying on the chart for 22 weeks. It became Angie’s highest chart appearance on the Hot 100 to date.
In August of that same year, Angie released her follow-up album “Animal House” which peaked at #11 on the Billboard 200 and #6 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.
The follow-up single “Take You Home” featuring R&B singer Kelis, peaked at #85 on the Billboard Hot 100, #19 on Billboard’s Rhythmic Top 40 chart and #62 on Billboard’s Hot R&B\Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart, staying on the chart for 17 weeks.
After the release of her sophomore album, Angie was featured on a remix for Lil’ Mo’s song “Gangsta” and Nina Sky’s hype single “Time to Go.” After that, she announced that she was retiring from the music recording business to focus on other projects.
During that same year, Angie was hired to judge the second season of “American Idol,” but quit after a couple days of auditions, citing discomfort with crushing the auditoners’ dreams. In June of 2003, she gave birth to a son, Niko, whose father is Tamir “Nokio” Ruffin from R&B group Dru Hill.
These days, Angie works as a radio personality on THE BEAT 103.5 and is known as “The Voice of NY”.
In 2015, she released a cooking book called “Healthy Latin Eating: Our Favorite Family Recipes Remixed” with Angelo Sosa. Angie is also planning on releasing a memoir due to be released in May of 2016.
To see a fan-made video for “Mi Amor,” go to:
To see the music video for “Dem Thangs,” go to:
To see the music video for “Coast 2 Coast (Suavemente),” go to:
To see the music video for “If I Could Go,” go to:
To see the music video for “Take You Home,” go to:
To see a fan-made video for “Live at Jimmy’s,” go to: