For long we have heard about the infamous Angie Martinez Tupac interview. An interview that is rumored to be two hours long and was conducted in 1996.
Till this day only 12 minutes of that interview has been heard. Speaking with Page Six fall of 2019, Angie ensured everyone that the Tupac interview was in a safe location. Many had wonder that perhaps the reason Angie had not released the interview was because it no longer existed.
Angie Martinez would go on to give Jay-Z credit for still having possession of the two hour long Tupac interview. “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’.”
“So people at work helped me digitize the tapes so I can make sure I have them forever,” Angie reveals to Page Six.
So, where exactly is the Tupac unreleased interview located? Angie claims the two hour interview is in an actual vault. “The tapes are in a safe, secure place now. But they weren’t for many years. Before that, they were in my laundry room and it was actually Jay-Z that told me to put it in a safe place,” Angie Martinez.
“They are in a safe in an actual vault where you would need specific access to get to them,” she added.
Ok, well now that we know the interview tapes are in a safe place, the next step is to release those tapes. Right? Angie Martinez might be better off just releasing the tapes, as the pressure is mounting.
Speaking to ‘AM To DM‘, Angie Martinez talks about that pressure. “There’s people are just so furious at me. I’m sorry,” says Angie.
Angie can’t even enjoy posting a simple photo on Instagram without being bombarded with questions about the interview. “I can post something about like my son, or my god daughter and they be like ‘that’s nice, but what about the ‘Pac tapes’,” explains Angie Martinez.
From social media to her time shopping, there is no escaping the Tupac interview tapes. “I was in Ikea and somebody ran up to me and ask me about the tapes.”
Understanding that she holding on to a piece of history, Angie says she is ready to release the interview. “I’m going to put them out. I am trying to figure it out,” says Angie. “I don’t want to do this to myself. My goal is within the next year to do a project where they could come out, and people can experience them.”
The much anticipated Angie Martinez Tupac interview will probably not be released via YouTube. One can now assume this will be some type of network special or docuseries like project. Netflix, Showtime, HBO, are all probably getting their checks ready for a bidding war to earn the rights to air the interview.
“I do understand it is part of history. It’s going to be uncomfortable for me, because there are things in those tapes that are very uncomfortable to listen to. But I am aware that it is apart of history, so at some point I will,” says Angie.
Below is an excerpt of the Tupac interview from Angie’s book, ‘My Voice: A Memoir‘.
The whole time all the Outlawz were sitting there. I could tell that they all looked up to him. Everybody in the room was somewhat as in awe of him as I was. Fatal from the Outlawz was especially nice to me that day, as I recall. He recently passed away in a car accident and I was really sad to hear that. Every time I’d run into him, even years later, it would always bring us to that moment of sitting in that room.
Looking back, I feel that the weight of history wasn’t just felt by me, but that something inside Tupac had given him a sense of urgency. It’s true that he had been vocal in the media at the time. But he clearly seemed to think it was important to go on the record and cover not just what I’d come for but other thoughts he had, including his hope to inspire other artists coming up, other voices.
At moments I even felt that Pac was just talking to me directly about why it was important to be authentic and not feel like you had to over exploit yourself. He said he was tired of talking down to people and that if you respected your audience and put them on your level, they’d get it. I couldn’t have agreed more, and I carried that with me over the years.
After more than two hours, I reluctantly began to wrap up the interview. I honestly felt like I could have talked to this guy forever. Pac echoed my feelings right about then, saying, “All right, we just talking shit at this point,” and so I stopped the tape.