If there’s anyone who has paid their dues in the game, it would be none other than Power 105.1′s radio personality Angela Yee. From a witty and aspiring college grad at Wesleyan University, to assistant and CEO of Wu-Tang Management, and showcasing her managerial skills guiding GZA and Jay Electronica (also leading him to signing with Jay Z’s Roc Nation), Yee has carved her own path to the top and is highly recognized as an influential female amongst an industry that is heavily male dominated. For Yee, it doesn’t appear she’ll be coming to a halt anytime soon, as this girl is on fire—literally—and she’s certainly not letting anyone come in her way. Chatting with Mass Appeal, she details her days at the Wu, her nerdy qualities, her infamous Lip Service show, managing Jay Electronica, possibly writing books and scripts, plus much more. Here goes a few excerpts down below and full here:
Mass Appeal: What was day-to-day life at the Wu-Tang office like?
Angela Yee: It was a really fun job. The guys used to come in there all the time — it was their hang-out spot. I remember when ODB used to come in there, he would just tear everything apart. One day he came in there and he just decided — they had a lot of posters and plaques up on the wall — he just took one of the plaques and walked out, and they were so mad at him. It was huge.
They used to smoke so much weed. We were on, I think, the 11th floor – and you could smell the weed from the lobby downstairs. One time I put up a sign in the office that said, “No Smoking Weed During Office Hours.” [laughs] Raekwon came in and was like, “Who put this sign up?!” I said, “I don’t know!”
MA: I feel like you’re a total closet nerd; tell me a nerdy secret about yourself.
AY: I am great at math. When I was younger, I would always square numbers in my head just to see if I could do it. I don’t know why. Like, 19 squared is 361. 20 is 400. 18 is 324. Yeah, I don’t know why. 17 squared is 289.
Now I can’t stop thinking about it. Like, 21 is 441. When I used to work at Wu-Tang, my boss Divine used to call me The Human Calculator.
MA: Being this petite, cute woman, did you ever feel like you had to go out of your way to establish your credibility when managing GZA and Jay?
AY: Certain times it was difficult and certain times not. I think after a while a lot of people knew who I was. And I think the way that I carry myself and the way that I dress show that I am a professional person – and just the way that I act.
Also, if I’m out with GZA and his crew or I’m out with Jay Electronica and his people, the amount of respect that they show me when we go out kinda lets people know like, “Ok. We gotta treat her like that ‘cause we see how much they respect her.”
MA: How did the idea for Lip Service come about?
AY: People liked that segment [“Slutted Out” on The Cipha Sounds Effect] so much that they were just like, “Yo, you should just do a weekly show!” That’s how Lip Service happened. It was my friend Lea Rose and me. Lea was a music editor at XXL, so it gave us credibility; like, we’re real women that know about music, but we also have our own personal, intimate lives that we’re not scared to share.
We would have guys come on and there would be all these beautiful women and they would not know what to do. It was kind of a role reversal because normally you do this stuff and it’s so male-dominated. This time, a guy walks in and he’s the only guy in a room full of women. People used to love the show.
Source: Mass Appeal