Angie Martinez credits JAY-Z for keeping her unreleased Tupac interview safe. In an interview with Page Six, the Brooklyn-bred multi-talent discussed her new WE tv show, “Untold Stories of Hip Hop.” Martinez said it was JAY-Z’s idea to digitize the coveted interview tapes and keep the physical copies in a secure location.
“The tapes are in a safe, secure place now. But they weren’t for many years,” she said. “Before that, they were in my laundry room and it was actually JAY-Z that told me to put it in a safe place.”
Martinez interviewed Tupac back in 1996 and has since only aired 12 minutes of the two-hour tape. At the time, she shelved the interview over fears that the content would fuel the then-raging East Coast vs. West Coast rap beef.
“I was in a meeting at Roc Nation and we were talking about my archives because I have all my old interviews on tape. They were literally in boxes in my laundry room and JAY said, ‘Get them out of the room now. Somebody help her get them out of that room now because if there is a flood or a fire it will be destroyed.’”
Following JAY-Z’s advice, Martinez moved the physical tapes to a secret location, adding that she’s also digitized copies to maintain their longevity.
“They are in a safe in an actual vault where you would need specific access to get to them,” she said.
“Untold Stories of Hip Hop” premiered on WE tv late September, featuring interviews with Snoop Dogg and Cardi B, Fat Joe, Ja Rule, and more. The show airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET and will include upcoming guests DJ Khaled, Ice Cube, A$AP Rocky, Nelly and more.
“It’s just the moments [and] the stories,” she said on “The Breakfast Club.” “People love a good hip hop story and there’s so many to tell.”