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All Music Guide - Kerry L. Smith
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Kerry L. Smith
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.
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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
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/17/2001
  • Label: Warner Bros Mod Afw
  • UPC: 075596236621
  • Catalog Number: 62366
  • Sales rank: 253,490

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Heart and Soul (Interlude) (0:24)
  2. 2 New York, New York - Prodigy (4:09)
  3. 3 Every Little Girl - The Product G&B (4:27)
  4. 4 Coast 2 Coast (3:25)
  5. 5 Ladies & Gents (4:15)
  6. 6 Gutter 2 the Fancy Ish (1:53)
  7. 7 Back from Cuba (Interlude) (0:34)
  8. 8 Live at Jimmy's - Angie Martinez & Cuban Link (4:36)
  9. 9 Silly N***az (2:14)
  10. 10 No Playaz - Tony Sunshine (4:17)
  11. 11 Breathe (3:33)
  12. 12 Live from the Streets - Styles (4:28)
  13. 13 Go!! (M********a) (4:15)
  14. 14 Thug Love - Layzie Bone (3:42)
  15. 15 Mi Amor (2:54)
  16. 16 Ladies Fight (Interlude) (0:57)
  17. 17 Dem Thangz (4:13)
  18. 18 Coast 2 Coast (8:12)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Angie Martinez Primary Artist, Vocals
La 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
The 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
La 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
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Angie's album is tight.

    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 !:-)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Tight!!!!!

    This album is great! Has alot of guests. Lot of different sounding tracks from salsa to hip-hop!!! Go Angie!!

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