×

Uh-oh, it looks like your Internet Explorer is out of date.

For a better shopping experience, please upgrade now.

Up Close and Personal
     

Up Close and Personal

4.0 2
by Angie Martinez
 

See All Formats & Editions

It doesn't hurt to have friends like Wyclef Jean, Snoop Dogg, and Mary J. Blige. But Angie Martinez stands her ground when rapping alongside mega-rap stars like these on her debut album, Up Close and Personal (Elektra Records). The Hot

Overview

It doesn't hurt to have friends like Wyclef Jean, Snoop Dogg, and Mary J. Blige. But Angie Martinez stands her ground when rapping alongside mega-rap stars like these on her debut album, Up Close and Personal (Elektra Records). The Hot 97 FM DJ is no stranger to the scene; she's been fraternizing with hip-hop and rap stars and establishing friendships with many of them, including the artists that appear on the album. Martinez shines on tracks like "Gutter to tha Fancy Ish," on which she flaunts her quick-tongued rap technique and a tough-girl attitude while alternating verses with none other than Busta Rhymes. Speaking about hangin' with her girls, Martinez lays the truth down on the line when she says, "Underestimate me is to not know me/analyze every situation/and I rise to any occasion." On the funky, bass-driven track "New York, New York," Martinez raps with Prodigy and DJ Clue. The album features mostly heavy, bass-driven rap tracks, but Martinez's playfulness trickles in through a pair of brief interludes -- recordings of phone conversations with her rapper pals. Martinez then slips smoothly into hip-hop mode with the laid-back track "No Playaz," which showcases Martinez's singing ability and some backup verse from rappers Lil' Mo and Sunshine. "Live at Jimmy's" is by far the most energetic and fun song on the album. Mary J. Blige and La India come on board for the rap track "Breathe," which could double as a pop tune with its breathy chorus and melodic beats. And Martinez proves that she's no lightweight on the fast-paced, aggressive track "Go!" On her first time around, Martinez has delivered a well-rounded album that features solid raps, Latin grooves, and a few lighter, melodic tunes. In between rapping with some of rap and hip-hop's heaviest hitters, Martinez slips in a mention of HBO's Sex and the City on one of the songs. Now, there's a girl you gotta respect.

Editorial Reviews

Vibe
For most of her debut collection, radio DJ Angie Martinez comes off as part Funkmaster Flex, part Oprah Winfrey, with top MCs like Jay-Z, Snoop Dogg, and Jadakiss joining her to rhyme over club-ready beats by the Neptunes, Rockwilder, and other heavy hitters. Seth Clark Silberman

Product Details

Release Date:
04/17/2001
Label:
Warner Bros Mod Afw
UPC:
0075596236621
catalogNumber:
62366
Rank:
160662

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Angie Martinez   Primary Artist,Vocals
India de Oriente   Track Performer
Busta Rhymes   Vocals
Q-Tip   Vocals
Fat Joe   Vocals
Wyclef Jean   Vocals
SunKiss   Vocals
Keva   Vocals
Jadakiss   Vocals
Prodigy   Vocals
Tony Sunshine   Vocals
Doo Wop Cops   Track Performer
Mathias Q-Tip   Track Performer
Big Pun   Track Performer
DJ Clue?   Track Performer
Product G&B   Track Performer
Cuban Link   Track Performer
Biz Markie   Beat Box
Mary J. Blige   Vocals
Van Gibbs   Bass,Guitar
Salaam Remi   Bass,Percussion,Drums,Keyboards
Jay-Z   Vocals
India de Oriente   Track Performer
Placido Domingo   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Troy Hightower   Engineer
Salaam Remi   Horn Arrangements,keyboard arrangements
Hernán Santiago   Engineer
JT   Producer
Visible   Producer

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Post to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews

Up Close and Personal 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is great! Has alot of guests. Lot of different sounding tracks from salsa to hip-hop!!! Go Angie!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Angie Martinez's album is tight. Angie has lots of guest artist's on the cd .The album has good flows, tight music, and salsy spanish tracks w/ Wyclef!! So I would recommend gettin' ''Up Close & Personal''. If you listen to her lyrics you really get to know Angela Martinez up close & personal !:-)