Angie Martinez in 2011 (BET)

Angie Martinez in 2011 (BET)

In a completely unprecedented move, Hot97 radio personality and VJ and long time hip-hop record breaker (and, yes, occasional music artist herself) Angie Martinez announced that that she would be vacating her position with the radio station and that today would be her last show with Hot 97.

Martinez broke the sudden news on her instagram account via the image below.

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. We made history together in so many ways and I will cherish those memories and my friendships forever. This was one of the toughest decisions I’ve ever had to make but ultimately it is time to move on, to grow and to be challenged in new ways. Saying goodbye is always emotional and bitter sweet but I am extremely excited about the future. Thank you HOT97 and most importantly….the listeners… for an unimaginable journey. Today will be my last show ❤️ stay tuned…. Love, angie

For nearly two decades, “Angie Mart” contributed her distinct sound and interview style to New York airwaves. She started out answering the phones at Hot97 before catching Funkmaster Flex’s attention and being vaulted, first as a musician, and then as a radio host. Martinez would ultimately come be branded “The Voice of New York,” becoming one of the most recognizable names and faces with Hot97 and establishing her own brand, as well. To say nothing of the immense strides she made as a radio veejay representing from two traditionally underrepresented groups in hip-hop, as a Latina female, that paved the way for many after her and the many more to come.

If this reads a bit like an obituary, it’s because Martinez’s departure from Hot97 IS going to be a major loss for hip-hop. Here’s hoping we haven’t seen the last of Angie around these music parts.

UPDATE: Guess where Angie Mart is heading? Power 105.1 according to Bossip.

our inside sources tell us New Yorkers need not worry too much. BOSSIP can exclusively confirm that Angie is headed to work with the local competition and will be on Power 105.1 every day now that her contract has been OFFICIALLY signed sealed and delivered.