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Salt-N-Pepa

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Salt-N-Pepa is an American and group, consisting of Cheryl James and Sandy Denton (“Salt” and “Pepa”, respectively), and Deidre “Dee Dee” Roper (DJ Spinderella). They debuted with “The Show Stopper”, a response record to Doug E. Fresh & Slick Rick’s “The Show”. It was an underground hit and Salt-N-Pepa signed to Next Plateau. Their debut LP was Hot, Cool & Vicious (1986, which was produced by Salt’s then-boyfriend, Hurby Azor, the group’s manager, and he received songwriting credit for the album, though this was later disputed. According to AMG it also featured DJ Pamela Green, though they do not include her in their list of credits, and neither does the album sleeve.

Hot, Cool & Vicious received little attention until a San Francisco DJ named Cameron Paul created a remix of “Push It” (The b-side to “Tramp”). Mr. Paul’s remix of “Push It”, rereleased as a single, quickly became a national hit and was nominated for a Grammy, pushing both the single and LP to Platinum album status.

They released A Salt With a Deadly Pepa, which was only a minor hit, though it featured “Shake Your Thang”. Their third original LP, Blacks Magic, which received generally positive reviews and expanded Salt-N-Pepa’s fanbase among hip hop fans using more R&B. It included “Let’s Talk About Sex”, one of their biggest songs.

Salt-N-Pepa left Next Plateau and the influence of Azor released “Very Necessary”, a largely self-produced album in 1993 (see 1993 in music), and it performed very well on the charts, buoyed by “Shoop” and “Whatta Man” (with En Vogue). In 1994, they appeared in the motion picture “Who’s The Man?”.

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