New Jack Swing Hall Of Fame:
Salt 'N' Pepa
This hip-hop duo (which would eventually also include their DJ, Spinderella to form a trio) first stormed the charts in 1987 with the now classic dance club anthem, “Push It.” A consistent staple during the New Jack Era, they continued to rule the female rap game with songs like “Expression,” “Let’s Talk About Sex,” and “Independent.”
By 1994, the New Jack Era had been over for two years, but Salt’N’Pepa came back stronger than ever with a sexy new look. With songs like “Shoop,” “Whatta Man,” and “None Of Your Business,” Salt ’N’ Pepa were on top in that year, and even performed at Woodstock II that summer. In 1996, they released a final album that was a commercial disappointment.
In 2004, Salt N Pepa were recognized by the VH1 Hip-Hop Honors, and at the following ceremony in 2005 performed for the first time since their final tour in 1999.
Since then, Spindarella has appeared as a radio personality in markets such as Los Angeles, and Salt 'N' Pepa were featured on a VH1 reality show in 2007 and 2008. Pepa, who had married Treach (of Naughty By Nature) in 1999 for a period until 2001, released an autobiography in 2008. Salt, whose strong Christian values were perhaps first manifested by her appearance in the "Stomp" video with Kirk Franklin has made known her displeasure with the secular music industry in general, and has taken steps to release Christian music in the future.