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Trendsetter Champions remember when we think of the notorious dynamic duo, first-class entertainer "SALT N PEPA". Cheryl (Salt) James, a Brooklyn Native and Sandi (Pepa) Denton from Queens through Kingston Jamaica, is the world's first female Hip Hop Legends. The year was 1986 before Rap became a genre and while the game was still all men, the group we know today changed as Salt N Pepa name from Super Nature and was signed with independent Next Plateau Records. They released their first song Hot, Cool and Vicious - produced by Randy Hurby "The Luv Bug" Azor; crashing the glass roof in Hip Hop forever. Soon after 1987, they would continue to release the single from their album "Push It" which sells over one million copies. Their pioneering success topped the charts that warned of their first Grammy nomination and launched the group to the international popularity they have today.
Sitting in Cheryl's fine home, and I was tapping tea, did she ever dream that the group had such a lot of success from the beginning? She told me how she and Sandi met in the nursing school and how they always had a love for music. How they were "on the ground hard," even in those days busy going to school and working for Sears as telephone representatives. "We were always looking for the next big thing. So I guess you can say yes, because we always knew we were going to make it big." Incredibly enough and as fate would have it at Sears, the girls worked with it even then unknown Kid N Play and Martin Lawrence. They promised each other that the one who would do the first would help the others, and they did it!
Pep said, "We were all the best friends and when we started to tour Martin Lawrence would open us to warm up the crow. Look at him today." When laughter filled the room, she continued to explain her relationship with the founder of the group. "I will always have the soft place for Azor, because even though we experienced tough times between us, it was because of him that we could achieve a lifestyle that we might never have known otherwise."
Azor was at that time a student at the center of media literacy and also Cheryl's boyfriend. Azor asked Cheryl if she and her friend Sandi were willing to cooperate with their song on a class project to produce a record. They said yes!
Cheryl said, "We agreed because I always wanted stardom and Sandi was always ready for it." They gladly accepted the offer and the project was a success for Azor in the class and landed him an "A" and on the streets that led to radio games. A number of new songs were written to keep up with the demand. The girls rented a new personal DJ, Dee Dee (Spinderella) Roper, and left for a tour that would change all their lives forever.
We started talking about the reality show.
"Yes, Cheryl was the initiator of that," Sandi said. Referring to the Reality Show "Let's talk about Pep", which was on VH-1. The show followed Sand's adventure in New York City with four girlfriends: Cheryl (Salt) James; journalist Jacque Reid; Joumana Kidd, the former model and ex-wife of the basketball star Jason Kidd; and radio personality Kali Troy, aka Kittie.
Sandi, no novice when it came to reality show, was a perfect person to lead the show. She said, "I already made reality show", referring to her roles at Surreal Life 2005 and The Surreal Life: Fame Games 2007.
Pep continues to be up to date with keeping in touch with old school performers and new artists on stage. She published her autobiography in 2008 titled "Let & # 39; s Talk About Pep", which gave the reader insight into Sandi Denton and some of the fire she would overcome. Something literally, as she shares the story in her book on how her lover she refers to as "Brad" abused her. During the failed period in his relationship, Brad tried to burn Sand's face with an iron, but at the same time she fought with her and burned the skin of her arm. While turning to run, he scratched her cornea and made her have an eye patch. Sandi felt that she made all the wrong decisions about finding a friend, leading her to celibacy. The book's intro is written by Queen Latifah with an epilogue by Missy Elliott, two of her very dear friends.
So the idea of a reality show as a kind of hope and continuation of the book was a good idea. They would base it in New York and show the reality that dates in today's society. Cheryl thought the show would also let its fans know what happened to Salt N Pepa since the group suddenly left with none of them ever speaking publicly. Sandi said, "It was a way for me to finally know what happened," she laughed.
The group's last concert was in 1999 and they were high when Cheryl ended the partnership, to Sandi's surprise.
Cheryl says, "I would have done it differently." However, she does not regret that she really believes the hiatus saved her life. She talked about her days being bulimic and the long nights that turned into months of depression. "On the outside, it looks glamorous, but it's not all that it cracked to be once." She reflected on other celebrities like Britney Spears and even Michael Jackson. "You go from feeling loved and having fun just to feel like an item." She didn't know what to do, but knew she needed healing.
One night while in a series of binging and cleansing, she had what she called a "spiritual awakening". This awakening was the "healing" she longed for and what she gives credit to today to save her life. Shortly after, she joined a church in Brooklyn, New York called Christian Cultural Center (CCC) where AR Bernard is pastor. At CCC, she learned to regain her strength and renew her self-esteem. When she was strong enough, she came out to Pep and tried to repair her relationship, but Pep was non-responsive. Understanding Cheryl was persistent and got the message to her about the reality show. She explained to Pep that she wanted to make a reality show with the hope of developing and rebuilding her relationship. Sandi started listening and the show was born. Although the show is no longer in the air, Sandi and Cheryl agree that the exhibition completed its goals.
When asked how they felt like living legends Sandy said quickly: "It feels good that we know our contributions are worth some value for so many. Games." Cheryl thought about it and said, "I feel very appreciative, a little overwhelmed but definitely appreciative."
I asked how they felt about the trip so far and what can their fans expect to see when they come out to them. Both ladies pulled up and were happy to still be so high demand even without a current record. They talked about their reconciled relationship.
Sandi says, "It feels like we are on the same page now and we have learned to communicate about everything."
Cheryl said, "I'm glad we're together again."
They expressed both enthusiasm as they talked about the packaged concert hall, atmosphere and love that are everywhere they go. They sometimes said that it is hilarious because people dress in all the clothes they had in the 80s. Cheryl talked about the colored wigs, the big rope chains and how some of their fans show up in Salt N Pepa jackets and tee shirts.
She says, "It's just fun." Although both are both parents now with two children each and Cheryl with a man to pay attention to; She goes on to say "This time is more relaxed, less pressure, and every night is like a family reunion."
The race is not the same every night but they share the scene with colleagues Old School rappers Curtis Blow ("The Breaks"); "Human Beatbox", Doug E. Fresh ("Just Fun"); Big Daddy Kane ("Raw"); MC Lyte ("Ruff Neck"); and Kool Moe Dee ("How do I like me now"); like Houdini ("Friends"), just to name a few. They continue to discuss how they feel this concert is pure irony. Old-school rap was mostly male dominated and now returning to the limelight because of the first female rappers who challenged the game and were commercially successful. Again, they reign as tour producers: Salt N Pepa presents the legends of the Hip Hop Tour.
"Now it's amazing!" Cheryl says, "All I can say is ... look at God."
They mentioned Dee Dee (Spinderella) Roper is not with them on the tour but was a very intricate part of the group in the early days. She also worked with them on VH-1's Hip Hop Honors in November 2004, where the trio was honored. Salt, Pep and Spin reunited the following year for the next Hip Hop Honors program. It was the trio for the first time in six years, and was their first performance of "Whatta Man" with En Vogue on stage ever. Spin recently held his own radio station on the Dallas 94.5 K-SOUL every working day from 9:00 to 2:00.
Cheryl and Sandi still enjoy attention and want fans to know that they should expect new music, new TV shows and new events in the future. Sandi says, "Let's just say you haven't seen the latest or the best of us yet." One final question, our magazine is a network magazine for Trendsetters like yourself, what advice would you have for people out there passionately for their visions and dreams?
Cheryl: "Two things remember: 1. You have to believe in yourself, because you need your wisdom to pull off when dark times come." 2. Take care of the business. It is very important that you know what is happening, as there are so many people ending up with zero to show at the end of the day. "
Sandi: "We are trendsetter in music, hairstyles, clothes etc. I would say to be yourself, but find out what sets you apart from the rest. Stand out, stretch yourself, hold the original, but do not be afraid to stand up and be attentive. "
The legend of the Hip Hop tour was very successful. We are looking for more from Salt n Pepa in the future to find out more about these ladies you can visit.