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Angie Martinez

Real name: Angie Martinez
Birthdate: N/A
Status: Single
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Angela Martinez (born January 9, 1971 in The Bronx, New York, USA) is an American radio and television personality, hip-hop recording artist, actress, and model. She is of Puerto Rican descent. She also has a son with Tamir "Nokio" Ruffin of Dru Hill, Niko Ruffin (born 12 June 2003).

In 1996, Martinez was encouraged to give rapping a shot by friend KRS-One. She appeared on his track "Heartbeat" from his 1996 album I Got Next. After the song gained a strong fan following, another friend, Lil' Kim, offered her a position on a 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 Pop Charts 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 certified Platinum. The ladies were nominated for two Grammy Awards that year, and were also invited to perform the song live on The MTV Video Music Awards. A major label battle began to sign Martinez to a recording contract. Her appearance on other rapper's material was in high demand. She recorded songs with Mary J. Blige ("Christmas in the City"), Terror Squad ("Freak Out"), N.O.R.E. ("Oh No Remix"), Beenie Man ("Tell Me Remix") and Funkmaster Flex & Big Kap's compilation album The Tunnel ("Wow"). She also recorded interludes for mixtapes by Kid Capri, DJ Clue and DJ Kayslay. In 1999, she appeared in the music video for Jay-Z and R. Kelly's "Guilty Until Proven Innocent".

Following her first album's release, Angie began work on a second record. In order to build anticipation for the record, she appeared on BET's Rap City and began a nation-wide radio tour. She recorded a verse for the remix to rapper Sacario's "Live Big". It became the number one record in the tri-state area and coincidentally considered with the release of Martinez's first single from her second album, "If I Could Go" which also featured rapper Sacario and singer Lil' Mo. "If I Could Go" became a huge crossover hit on pop radio, climbing into the top 10 on The Billboard Hot 100 Pop Charts. It became the #1 played on urban radio in 2002. The album, Animal House (named after Martinez's own production company and recording posse), was released on August 21 2002. It entered the Billboard Hot 200 Albums Chart at #11, and the Billboard Hot Hip-Hop / R&B Charts selling 92,000 units in its first week. The follow-up single, "Take You Home" featuring R&B singer Kelis didn't receive as much attention, did become a minor hit that winter. The album was more strongly received by critics and fans, and was certified gold by the RIAA for sales of over 500,000 copies. This made Martinez the first Puerto-Rican female hip-hop artist to ever receive an RIAA certified plaque of any kind. Following the release of the album, she was featured on a remix for labelmate Lil' Mo's track "Gangsta", and Nina Sky's hype single "Time to Go". Following this she announced she was retiring from the recording industry to concentrate on her other projects.



 


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