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Music / Salt-N-Pepa

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Salt-N-Pepa are an American hip-hop Girl Group, founded in 1985. For virtually its entire existence, the group has been comprised of rappers Cheryl "Salt" James and Sandra "Pepa" Denton, and DJ/occasional rapper Deidra "Spinderella" Roper.

The group has broken many barriers. They were the first all-female hip-hop group, the first female rap act to have an album go gold and platinum (their debut album, Hot, Cool, & Vicious), the first female rap act to win a Grammy (in 1995), and the best-selling female rap act, with over 15 million records sold.

In May 2019, Roper was fired from the band under unclear circumstances and was replaced with DJ Cocoa Chanelle for touring purposes.


  • Hot, Cool & Vicious (1986)
  • A Salt with a Deadly Pepa (1988)
  • Blacks' Magic (1990)
  • Very Necessary (1993)
  • Brand New (1997)

Contains examples of

  • Name and Name: After James' and Denton's respective stage names.
  • Singer Namedrop: "Push It" begins its first verse with "Salt and Pepa's here".
  • Status Cell Phone: Referenced in "Express Yourself", where they talk about a "business man with a beeper for a reason, not like Tim because it's in this season."
  • Think of the Censors!: "Let's Talk About Sex" was about bringing the topic of sex into public discussion, back in the early 90's, and acknowledged that people probably didn't want to hear it.
    Salt: Yo, Pep, I don't think they're gonna play this on the radio