Martinez believes in the importance of role models, so maybe that's why she takes a bite from Lisa Lisa ("I Wonder if I Take You Home") on her single, "Take You Home." The New Yorker confesses that, as a teenager, she kept on her wall a framed autograph she had scored from the '80s Puerto Rican diva. "I straight up wanted to be [her] when I was 14," she laughs.
But where Lisa Lisa's lyrics showed hesitation at the thought of taking home a potential lover, Angie Martinez makes no bones about taking what she wants. "It's a different time now. Women are a little more assertive. They know what's good for them."
What Martinez really wanted from Animal House, the follow-up to her debut Up Close and Personal (2001), was a chance to improve on the often awkward flow of her first effort and to dispel the rumors that Martinez owes her career as a rapper to her clout as an NYC disc jockey.
"People think it's easier being on the radio, but it's harder," she huffs. "If I wasn't on the radio, I would have been able to hit the road. To really promote the album."
As it is, Martinez says, she's exhausted. "Very rarely do I get to hang out," she laments. "We shot a video for 23 hours in a row. Right after the video, I went to the Puerto Rican Day Parade. Then I went to the after-party. They had to rush me to the hospital. Your body can only do so much." Apparently, so can your day job.