By now everyone in the tristate knows about Angie Martinez resigning/getting fired from hot 97 and is now going to 105.1. I must say, I am not shocked. We have to look at this whole situation in a few perspectives.
First thing the two radio stations we are talking about. For a long time hot 97 was the only hip hop station in NY. You weren’t a legitimate NY rapper unless Angie interviewed you and Funk Flex had you on for a freestyle session.
When 105.1 came out, their main difference from hot 97 was that they would play those old school NY joints that my generation (Wu-tang, Biggie, Tupac, Nas) loved. Remember, before a song would come on, a deep voice would announce, BROOKLYN. ..1996… and then a crazy Biggie joint we loved would come on. A lot of us started listening to Power 105.1 because of those classic joints.
Listen, I am a fan of some of this generations hip hop but let’s be honest, Hot 97 is looking to keep a younger, newer audience that listens more to the hip hop of today (T.D.E. two chainz, french Montana), than the hip hop of the older generation. Angie is from that older generation, she represents that older generation to a lot of us listeners.
Angie Martinez is a symbol of 90s street ny hip hop that 105.1 embraces more than hot 97 does nowadays.
It is better for everyone for her to go to Power 105.1 and be celebrated as that 90s hip hop symbol, rather than stay at hot 97 and be pointed out as that symbol negatively (Funk Flex?)