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Salt-N-Pepa is an American R&B and hip hop 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, 1986 in music), 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.
While Hot, Cool & Vicious received some chart success, a San Francisco DJ named Cameron Paul's remix of "Push It" (The b-side to "Tramp") became a national hit and was nominated for a Grammy. 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 released Very Necessary in 1993 (see 1993 in music), and it was performed very well on the charts, buoyed by "Shoop" and "Whatta Man" (with En Vogue). The less commercially successful single "None of Your Business," won the Grammy for Best Rap Performance in 1995. Since Very Necessary, both Salt and Pepa have focused primarily on their acting careers. They released Brand New in 1997, which does not credit Azor.
Despite their girl group beginnings, Salt-N-Pepa insist that they wrote many of the lyrics on their first album, and by Blacks Magic they displayed a sex positive, and responsible, feminism, and are often seen as innovators or role models.
In March, it was annouced that Denton will join Jose Canseco, Bronson Pinchot, Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth, Caprice Bourret, Janice Dickenson, and Carey Hart on the 5th season of the VH1 series "The Surreal Life".
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