Unless you are a person without ears, you’ve heard Salt-N-Pepa’s “Push It.” And unless you’re a hollow shell of a person, you love it.
Salt (Cheryl James) met Pepa (Sandra Denton) while attending Queensborough College’s nursing program in the ’80s. Joined by DJ Spinderella (Deidra Roper), the pair threw themselves into hip-hop’s glorious 1980s period, making inroads into the boys club with songs that spoke frankly to female sexuality and women’s issues.
The group’s 1993 album Very Necessary featured the hit “Whatta Man,” and sold seven million copies globally.
But their follow up, 1997’s Brand New, stalled, and the group disbanded in 2002 amidst Pepa’s divorce from Naughty by Nature’s Treach, and the breakdown of Salt’s relationship with producer Herbie “Luv Bug” Azor, who’s popularly credited with discovering the group.
In 2007, the group’s reality TV series, fittingly titled The Salt-N-Pepa Show – piggybacking on the success of Pepa’s appearance on the network’s The Surreal Life – ran for two seasons.
The pair have been hitting the road with various other ’90s hip-hop acts since then. In November 2014, a Geico commercial that prominently featured “Push It” returned the group to the spotlight.
Salt-N-Pepa’s here, everyone, and they’re still in effect. Catch them in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, on Sunday night.