Salt-N-Pepa are not only one of the greatest female groups to do it, but also one of Hip-Hop’s pioneers. They made their formal debut in 1985, and have went on to win a grammy and sell millions of records worldwide. The group had a number of hits that inlcude “Shoop,” “Let’s Talk About Sex,” & the unforgettable “Push It.”
The current year marks 30 years in the game for Cheryl “Salt” James, Sandra “Pepa” Denton, and Deidra “Spinderella” Roper. They will be honored by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) later on this week for their achievements and milestones as artists.
“It feels amazing to be coming up on 30 years in the game and have our work still acknowledged and respected as pioneers in music,” Salt tells the NYDailyNews of her pending award that she will recieve on Wednesday, October 28. “The first time we heard that song on the radio we were driving down the boulevard in Queens. Pep hopped out of the car in the middle of the street and I was screaming at her to get back in the car.”
Outside of music the group was known for their flamboyance of style that helped them stand out among all other artists. Donning a ton of gold, big 8-ball jackets and some pretty risky hairdo’s they were pioneers in style as well.
“The asymmetrical hairstyle was a hit,” Pepa reflected. “We still have fans coming up to us saying they shaved off their hair. We brought fashion, fun and femininity to Hip-Hop. “Nowadays everyone has a stylist – we were raw; wearing 8-ball jackets with kente hats and spandex. It’s a quintessential look that everyone loved.”
Congrats to Salt-N-Pepa!