- Athena Elafros
Rap group. Comprised of Salt (Cheryl James; b Brooklyn, NY, 8 March 1964), Pepa (Sandra Denton; b Kingston, Jamaica, 9 Nov 1969), and DJ Spinderella (Deidra Muriel Roper; b Brooklyn, NY, 3 Aug 1971), the group was one of the first and most successful all-women rap acts.
James and Denton were the first to team up, recording an “answer rap,” or musical response, to Doug E. Fresh and Slick Rick’s “The Show.” Their recording debut, entitled “The Show Stopper,” was released under the moniker Super Nature in 1985. Based on its success, James, Denton, and the producer Hurby “Luv Bug” Azor signed a record deal with the independent label Next Plateau Records, which released Salt-N-Pepa’s first album, Hot, Cool & Vicious, in 1986. In 1988 DJ Spinderella replaced DJ Pamela Latoya Greene. That same year the group achieved widespread commercial success with their hit single “Push it,” which combined an unrelenting dance beat with a bold, sexy attitude....