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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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Selected Discography

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Track List: Push It (Best Of)

1. Push It (Re-Recorded) [Remastered]

2. Shoop (Re-Recorded) [Remastered]

3. Whatta Man (Re-Recorded) [Remastered]

4. Shoop (Moombahton Remix)

5. Push It (Electro House Remix)

6. Push It (Instrumental)

7. Shoop (Instrumental)

8. Whatta Man (Instrumental)

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Track List: The Best Of Salt-N-Pepa 20th Century Masters The Millennium Collection

1. Push It

2. My Mic Sounds Nice

3. Tramp

4. Shake Your Thang (It's Your Thing)

5. Get Up Everybody (Get Up) (Feat. Spinderella)

6. Let's Talk About Sex

7. Expression

8. Shoop

9. Whatta Man (Feat. En Vogue)

10. None Of Your Business

11. R U Ready (Feat. Rufus Moore)

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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: Very Necessary (Explicit)

1. Groove Me

2. No One Does It Better

3. Somebody's Gettin' On My Nerves

4. Whatta Man (Feat. En Vogue)

5. None Of Your Business

6. Step

7. Shoop

8. Heaven Or Hell

9. Big Shot

10. Sexy Noises Turn Me On

11. Somma Time Man

12. Break Of Dawn

13. I've Got AIDS

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Track List: Very Necessary

1. Groove Me

2. No One Does It Better

3. Somebody's Gettin' On My Nerves

5. None Of Your Business

6. Step

8. Heaven Or Hell

9. Big Shot

10. Sexy Noises Turn Me On

11. Somma Time Man

12. Break Of Dawn

13. I've Got AIDS

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Track List: Blacks' Magic

1. Expression

2. Doper Than Dope

3. Negro Wit' An Ego

4. You Showed Me

5. Do You Want 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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Track List: A Salt With A Deadly Pepa

1. Intro Jam

2. A Salt With A Deadly Pepa

3. I Like It Like That

4. Solo Power (Let's Get Paid)

5. Shake Your Thang (It's Your Thing)

6. I Gotcha

7. Let The Rhythm Run

8. Get Up Everybody (Get Up) (feat. Spinderella)

9. Spinderella's Not A Fella (But A Girl DJ)

10. Solo Power (Syncopated Soul)

11. Twist And Shout

12. Hyped On The Mic

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Track List: Hot, Cool & Vicious

1. Push It

2. Beauty And The Beat

3. Tramp

4. I'll Take Your Man

5. It's Alright

6. How Long (Betcha Gotta Chick On The Side) (Remix)

7. I Desire

8. The Showstopper

9. My Mic Sounds Nice

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Shook
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Salt-N-Pepa. . . t h e queens of hip-hop!!! Love my girls!!!
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SHOOOOOOOOOP
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SHOOOOOOOOP
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Ahh Push what?
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Push it good
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I love the song Shoop
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Vanessa Vanessa Hi sweet hat love come on get as over her
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Don't drop salt "achuuu"
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Kiss your hand
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I was five years old when this song was out
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Kiss your hand
Say your crushes name
Say your name
Say a school day
Post this on five other songs and u will get asked out by your crush
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Can't wait to see them tonight in Bangor, ME!
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Hey don't tell the 9 year old to shutup how about you shut up.
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Push-It
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weak bio. They released an album in 97 and are touring everywhere. They've also won a hip hop honors. Man who writes these weak bios?
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Kiss ur hand five times and then post this comment on five song then under your pillow
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whoop
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push me please
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ima push it tonight
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DJ Spinderella is my s**t Love her.
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roopret
Push it!!!
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Hip hop divas... I love to push it too...lol... s t i l l my favorite jam
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Glad you finally got your props in this years Hip Hop Honors.
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rahamiltons
This s**t is dope it brings me back to the days
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It definitely still is. I want to do the dance . lol
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This song was the bomb back in the day and still is. Long live Salt now Peps with Spinderella
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Shutup 9 year old really
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I remember back in the day when all the white boys blasted this on their boom boxes. A few years later hair band glam rock died.
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i hate people that say that oldes and old school is bad im 9 years old and i love the 80s and 90s and old school . i was born in 2006
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oh yeah many memories with this song.. Push it
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Love this song love salt n pepa
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Deadpool shoop song love this song
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Love thesepeople.
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I know right
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I don't care who wants to talk s**t! This song is still a hit classic.
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ness2257 no offense but ur comment is showing ur age
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I love this song back in the day
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Love Push It follow 4 follow
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I'm 45 and I STILL LOVE THEM!!!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
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Dead pool brought me here
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Still the jam I LIKE.
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