Salt-N-Pepa Women’s T-Shirt
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Salt-N-Pepa – Push It (Official Video)
Salt-N-Pepa (also stylized as Salt ‘N’ Pepa or Salt ‘N Pepa) is an American hip-hop girl group formed in 1985. Group members included Salt (Cheryl James), Pepa (Sandra Denton), and DJ Spinderella (Deidra Roper). They were signed to Next Plateau Records and released their single “Push It” on March 8, 1987, which hit number one in three countries and became a Top Ten or Top Twenty hit in various other countries. Their debut album Hot, Cool & Vicious sold more than a million copies worldwide, making them the first female rap act to achieve gold and platinum-status. Their fourth album Very Necessary sold over seven million copies worldwide (five million of those in the US), making it the highest-selling album by a female rap act in history.
Salt-N-Pepa have sold over 15 million records worldwide, making them one of the best-selling rap acts of all time, male or female. The group has been nominated for a Grammy Award several times, the first being in 1988 for their 1987 hit song “Push It”. The trio won the 1995 Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group for their song “None Of Your Business”, making them one of the first female rap acts to win a Grammy Award, along with Queen Latifah who also won during that same year. Their success in rap and hip-hop culture has earned them the honorific title “The First Ladies of Rap and Hip Hop”.
Salt-N-Pepa – Shake Your Thang
1985–1987: Formation and early years
In mid-1985, Brooklyn native Cheryl James met Jamaican-born Queens resident Sandra Denton, both studying nursing at Queensborough Community College. The pair became close friends and co–workers at Sears. Another co-worker, Hurby “Luv Bug” Azor was studying record production at the Center of Media Arts and asked James and Denton to record for him as a class project. This resulted in the single “The Showstoppa”, an answer record to Doug E. Fresh‘s hit single “The Show” by the duo, who originally called themselves “Super Nature”, along with DJ Latoya Hanson in late 1985, produced by Azor. The single utilized a melody from the 1984 film Revenge of the Nerds. The finished recording garnered some airplay on a New York City rap radio program. The independent Pop Art Records gave it an official release, and “The Show Stoppa (Is Stupid Fresh)” became a modest R&B hit. The single reached No. 46 on the Billboard R&B chart. In September 1985, the group signed to Next Plateau Entertainment (formerly Next Plateau Records), adopting the stage name Salt-N-Pepa and released their debut album Hot, Cool & Vicious in December 1986.
In 1987, the group recruited Deidra Roper, a 15-year-old high-school student DJ named “Spinderella” after the departure of Hanson. The group entered the music industry at a time when hip hop was believed to be a fad and major record companies were very reluctant to sign hip hop artists. Many early hip hop artists recorded for independent labels. Salt-N-Pepa made their impact on hip hop by being one of the first all-female rap groups. With lots of concerns about sexist lyrics and video clips that objectified women’s bodies in hip hop, many feminists disliked rap and hip hop because of its bad portrayal of women. However, Salt-N-Pepa changed the look of hip hop. They were scantily clad in sexy clothing and were not afraid to talk about sex and their thoughts about men. Their song “Let’s Talk About Sex” was a huge hit.
With the success of “The Show Stoppa,” the group’s name was changed to Salt-N-Pepa. The group changed their name because in “The Show Stoppa” they rap the lines “Right now I’m gonna show you how it’s supposed to be ‘Cause we, the Salt and Pepa MCs”. This resulted in radio stations getting phone calls requesting “The Show Stoppa” by Salt & Pepper. They signed to the independent Next Plateau Records to record a full-length album. The group’s first album Hot, Cool & Vicious was released in 1986 with the original DJ Latoya Hanson, who was later replaced by Deidra “Spinderella” Roper. The album was produced by Hurby Azor, Salt’s boyfriend at the time and also the group’s manager. Years later, the women found themselves with legal issues with Azor as they accused him of paying unfair royalties. Hot, Cool & Vicious provided some moderate R&B hits with the singles “My Mic Sound Nice”, “Tramp”, and “Chick On The Side”. But when San Francisco DJ and producer Cameron Paul created a remix to “Push It“, the B-side of the “Tramp” single, it gave the group their first major hit. “Push It” (US #19, UK #2) became a platinum single in the United States, and a hit in several other countries, and was added to subsequent pressings of Hot, Cool & Vicious. It was nominated for a Grammy Award, and the strength of that single catapulted the album to platinum sales in the US with over one million copies sold, making Denton, James, and Roper the first female rap act to go platinum. The album ultimately sold 1.4 million copies worldwide.
1988–1991: A Salt with a Deadly Pepa and breakthrough
Salt-N-Pepa’s next album, A Salt with a Deadly Pepa was released on July 26, 1988, contained the Top Ten R&B hit “Shake Your Thang“, featuring the go-go band E.U. A top 20 R&B hit and a minor pop hit were seen in “Get Up Everybody (Get Up)” and “Twist and Shout“, respectively; with “Twist and Shout” becoming a major hit in the UK (#4), and several other European countries. The album became certified gold-status, for excess sales of 600,000 copies sold in the U.S. and a total of 800,000 copies sold internationally.
The group’s third album Blacks’ Magic was released on March 19, 1990. Pepa would become the first group member to become pregnant. Azor would produce some songs on the album. As he was producing other acts, he agreed to let the artists work with different producers to finish the album. James and Roper took on producing assignments themselves and the trio also hired different producers such as Invincible’s producer Dana Mozie. This was the first album to feature Roper on vocals as well as DJ’ing. The result was six singles released by Next Plateau Records, several of which became hits: “Expression” (US #26, UK #40 in 1990, UK #23 in 1992), a platinum single that had been certified gold before it even cracked the US Hot 100 as it had already been #1 on the R&B Chart for 8 weeks, and produced by Salt; “Independent”; “I Don’t Know” (featuring Kid ‘n Play); “Do You Want Me” (US #21, UK #5), certified gold; “Let’s Talk About Sex” (US #13, UK #2), certified gold, and later re-recorded as “Let’s Talk About Aids”; and “You Showed Me” (UK #15). The album ultimately sold 1.6 million copies worldwide with a million of those sold in the US. A greatest hits album called A Blitz of Salt-N-Pepa Hits, featuring some remixed versions of songs from the group’s first three albums was subsequently released.
1993–1995: Groundbreaking success, Very Necessary
Salt-N-Pepa’s fourth studio album Very Necessary was released on October 12, 1993 on London Records/PolyGram. The album featured songwriting and production by Salt, Pepa, Spinderella, and Azor. Buoyed by the hits “Shoop” (US #4, UK #13), co-produced by Pepa; “Whatta Man” (US #3, UK #7) (featuring En Vogue); and “None of Your Business“, a Top 40 US hit and a Top 20 UK hit, the album eventually sold seven million worldwide, with five million of those in the US (5x platinum), making them the first female rap act (solo or group) to have a multi-platinum selling album. The group toured and Salt went on to co-star in the motion picture comedy Who’s the Man?. Pepa co-starred in the movie Joe’s Apartment. Pepa had also been romantically involved with Treach of the rap group Naughty By Nature. The trio won the Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group in 1995 for the single “None of Your Business”, making them the first female rap act to win Grammy. The album is the best selling album by a female rap act.
Salt-N-Pepa – Shoop (Official Video)
Salt-N-Pepa – Let’s Talk About Sex
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