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Salt-N-Pepa

By the late '80s, hip-hop was on its way to becoming a male-dominated art form, which is what made the emergence of Salt-n-Pepa so significant. As the first all-female rap crew (even their DJs were women) of importance, the group broke down a number of doors for women in hip-hop. They were also one of the first rap artists to cross over into the pop mainstream, laying the groundwork for the music's widespread acceptance in the early '90s. Salt-n-Pepa were more pop-oriented than many of their contemporaries, since their songs were primarily party and love anthems, driven by big beats and interlaced with vaguely pro-feminist lyrics that seemed more powerful when delivered by the charismatic and sexy trio. While songs like "Push It" and "Shake Your Thang" made the group appear to be a one-hit pop group during the late '80s, Salt-n-Pepa defied expectations and became one of the few hip-hop artists to develop a long-term career. Along with LL Cool J, the trio had major hits in both the '80s and '90s, and, if anything, they hit the height of their popularity in 1994, when "Shoop" and "Whatta Man" drove their third album, Very Necessary, into the Top Ten.

Cheryl "Salt" James and Sandy "Pepa" Denton were working at a Sears store in Queens, New York, when their co-worker, and Salt's boyfriend, Hurby "Luv Bug" Azor asked the duo to rap on a song he was producing for his audio production class at New York City's Center for Media Arts. The trio wrote an answer to Doug E. Fresh and Slick Rick's "The Show," entitling it "The Show Stopper." The song was released as a single under the name Super Nature in the summer of 1985, and it became an underground hit, peaking at number 46 on the national R&B charts. Based on its success, the duo, who were now named Salt-n-Pepa after a line in "The Show Stopper," signed with the national indie label Next Plateau. Azor, who had become their manager, produced their 1986 debut Hot, Cool & Vicious, which also featured DJ Pamela Green. He also took songwriting credit for the album, despite the duo's claims that they wrote many of its lyrics.

Three singles from Hot, Cool & Vicious -- "My Mike Sounds Nice," "Tramp," "Chick on the Side" -- became moderate hits in 1987 before Cameron Paul, a DJ at a San Francisco radio station, remixed "Push It," the B-side of "Tramp," and it became a local hit. "Push It" was soon released nationally and it became a massive hit, climbing to number 19 on the pop charts; the single became one of the first rap records to be nominated for a Grammy. Salt-n-Pepa jettisoned Greene and added rapper and DJ Spinderella (born Deidre "Dee Dee" Roper) before recording their second album, A Salt With a Deadly Pepa. Though the album featured the Top Ten R&B hit "Shake Your Thang," which was recorded with the go-go band E.U., it received mixed reviews and was only a minor hit.

The remix album A Blitz of Salt-n-Pepa Hits was released in 1989 as the group prepared their third album, Blacks' Magic. Upon its spring release, Blacks' Magic was greeted with strong reviews and sales. The album was embraced strongly by the hip-hop community, whose more strident members accused the band of trying too hard to crossover to the pop market. "Expression" spent eight weeks at the top of the rap charts and went gold before it was even cracked the pop charts, where it would later peak at 26. Another single from the album, "Let's Talk About Sex," became their biggest pop hit to date, climbing to number 13. They later re-recorded the song as a safe-sex rap, "Let's Talk About AIDS."

Before they recorded their fourth album, Salt-n-Pepa separated from Azor, who had already stopped seeing Salt several years ago. Signing with London/Polygram, the group released Very Necessary in 1993. The album was catchy and sexy without being a sellout, and the group's new, sophisticated sound quickly became a monster hit. "Shoop" reached number four on the pop charts, which led the album to the same position as well. "Whatta Man," a duet with the vocal group En Vogue, reached number three on both the pop and R&B charts in 1994. A final single from the album, "None of Your Business," was a lesser hit, but it won the Grammy for Best Rap Performance in 1995. Since the release of Very Necessary, Salt-n-Pepa have been quiet, spending some time on beginning acting careers. Both had already appeared in the 1993 comedy Who's the Man? ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Track List: Brand New

1. RU Ready

2. Good Life

3. Do Me Right

4. Friends

5. Say Ooh

6. Imagine

7. Knock Knock

8. Gitty Up

9. Boy Toy

10. Brand New

11. Silly Of You

12. The Clock Is Tickin'

13. Hold On

14. RU Ready (Remix)

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Track List: Blacks' Magic

1. Expression

2. Doper Than Dope

3. Negro Wit' An Ego

4. You Showed Me

6. Swift

7. I Like To Party

8. Blacks' Magic

9. Start The Party

10. Let's Talk About Sex

11. I Don't Know

12. Live And Let Die

13. Independent

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As a kid I thought it said ahhh bullshit ��������
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Jordon
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those ladies were hot sexy and cool
remained me how my cuzn in Brooklyn were. much love to salt and pepper
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Don't read this actually works. You will be kissed by the love of your life on the nearest Friday if your reading this don't stop because however if you don't repost this in 5 songs in 143 min then in the next 2 days you will be injured
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babygirlbk69 3 1
THIS MY SHYT.PUSH IT.GET UP ON THIS!!.I LUV THOSE GIRLS!!!!!!!
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This jam has my junior high years written all over it!!!
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Jordon
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Love them, but I think they should of chose another name for this song, kinda of dirty if ya know what I mean. Lol xD
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Ah tss push it push it good lmao it sounds like I'm giving birth and ooo baby baby makes it sound even worse haha but I love this song❤!
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Goooooooood push it real good.ssssss
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oh this brings back memories.... . t h i s s**t was my jam!��
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This was the jam!! Push it, Push it good!! LOL
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SALT-N-PEPA U GUYS ROCK!! :D <3
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I love the song push it
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Oooooo.... Baby..baby!! ! P-P-Push it real good!! :P
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Getting girls
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ScotinMilwa@ a o l . c o m Welcomes Salt&Peppa to Wisconsin for Music Concerts
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julessanchez 9 7
Miss this music
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Jordon yo baby pop you come over here and give me a kiss ❤️���������� o o o h baby oooh baby oooh baby baby baby baby baby oooh baby baby baby baby cody I ❤️u
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Jordon for you cody oooh baby ooh baby baby yo baby pop come over here and give me a kiss ����❤️������
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Jordon for you cody push it push it real good
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mgmg02
Say Ariana 5 times clap your hands 3 times and post this on two other songs
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I like this song and push it
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jlockett56
YASSSSSSSSSS S S S S S S S S S , T H E Y COMING TO MY CITY 060615 YASSSSSSSSSS S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S
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The ladies status true to their at form some keeping themselves relevant through the 90's. Now, unfortunatel y , they are doing cheesy commercials. Still love them though as you should never take yourself too serious.
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I love this song and push it
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I love this song of push it
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Songs by salt-n-peppe r
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julessanchez 9 7
I miss all this good jam its the best
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Push it!! Push it real good!
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Push it
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Love these girls...Salt - N - P e p a . . . o l d school
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I'm free at �� O'clock
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Im pushin it reeeaaalll good!!
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There the only girls that can do old school rap
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I always will love -salt-n-pepa for be real beautiful woman for hip-hop and opening doors for woman in rap!
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The best
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Jordon
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Salt n Pepa in the house
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Salt n peppy y'all
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The song push it is my jam
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Ooooooo baby baby
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SHOOP!
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I was in middle school we had a talent show an me and my friends was salt&pepper! t h e best years
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Jordon me & my BFF Linzi love this song
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https://db.t t / o u h x m G M 2

This is our album Henn & Goo$e.. check us out coach city boyz on you tube.!!!

Please post it to your Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. You will be a believer after you listen to the album!
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Jordon me and my BFF Linzi love this song push it
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THIS IS MY JAM!!!
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Jordon push it push it real good
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Jordon me and my ex boyfriend Cody and my BFF Linzi love this song
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