Being the only female of your crew gives you the opportunity to stand out and be recognized in a light others in your group may not get. This is especially relevant in Hip-Hop. Look at Eve (Ruff Ryders), Lil Kim (Junior Mafia) and The Lady of Rage (Death Row) as examples. The great thing about being the only woman is that, she wasn’t put on because of her gender, but, more likely, because she was just as talented, or even more talented, than her male counterparts.
Enter Miss Breakfast Club, Angela Yee, of Power 105 (New York) and Revolt TV. She not only holds her own with the likes of her counterparts, DJ Envy and Charlemagne Tha God, she can be a little feisty at times, yet holding it down, not only for the female persuasion, but, for herself when it comes to her views and opinions. One can appreciate what she brings to the daily morning show.
The Industry Cosign, after months, maybe even years, of trying to track down the Brooklyn resident, was able to get her to stop long enough to grant an interview and we are grateful! Yee discusses how she became involved in the industry, what drives her to continue and what advice she’d give to anyone in need of some.
You’ve been involved in the music industry for a number of years, what led you down the path to be a radio personality?
My background is in marketing, and I previously worked for clothing lines, for Nile Rodgers’ distribution label, and Eminem’s clothing line Shady LTD. I was trying to figure out what my next move would be because I was feeling stagnant and like I needed a change. While I was online searching for job openings, I came across a listing for the marketing department at Sirius Satellite Radio. I remembered there had recently been a Shade 45 launch party so I called Eminem’s manager, Paul Rosenberg, to see if he would refer me so I could get an interview. Paul suggested that I audition for the female sidekick role on the morning show, and I agreed. Next thing I knew, I got a call from the VP of Programming to come in and meet, and I was on the air 2 weeks later.
Growing up, what did you originally want to do as a career, if it isn’t what you are doing now and when did you realize you’d have a career in the industry?
Ever since I was in kindergarten I wanted to be a writer. I would go to the library and read all day, and write short stories. I always knew I would be an English major in college, and I still write whenever I have a lot going on in my head. It’s very therapeutic.
Being a part of a team, how do you handle expressing views that may not necessarily agree with your partners and how do you prevent looking disagreeable in a situation that may not be to your liking?
I think it’s important that we have differing viewpoints. As the only woman, there are so many instances where I look at situations from another angle. I have no problem taking a stand and arguing for what I believe in. Usually it’s not who’s right or wrong but who’s the loudest though!
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