Hip Hop: A Lil Salt N’ Pepa

Salt N’ Pepa was originally composed of Cheryl James (Salt), Sandra Denton (Pepa), and Latoya Hanson who was replaced with Deidra Roper (DJ Spinderella). Formed in New York in 1985, they stood out as one of the first all-female rap groups. Hip Hop was fairly new in the 80s but New York is really where many hip-hop artists got their start. Helping a co-worker record a song for his project is how Salt N’ Pepa rose to stardom in late 1985. In1987 is when Spinderella (15 years old) was added to the group as their new DJ. Hip Hop at the time was thought to be a quick fad that would go out of style so many record labels were hesitant to sign hip-hop artist. Salt N’ Pepa really changed the game of hip-hop for women.

Hip Hop is known for its sexist’s lingo and how demeaning it is towards women. This in mind Salt N’ Pepa changed the male-dominated hip-hop world and . took a different approach. They took their feminism as power and their platform as a chance to be outspoken o topics that women were usually quiet about lie men, sex and partying. Their first album was released in 1986 called Hot, Cool & Vicious but Push It would be their first major hit. Push It would later be nominated for a Grammy Award. Salt N’ Pepa was also the first female group to go platinum with over 1.4 copies sold worldwide. Until the 2000s Salt N’ Pepa would continue making albums together until their disbanding in 1999-2002.

Cheryl James (Salt)

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Sandra Denton (Pepa)

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Latoya Hanson

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Deidra Roper (Spinderella)

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