by Kristina Byas
It’s hard to believe it’s been 30 years since Salt-N-Pepper burst on the scene with a-symmetrical hairdos, unapologetic sex appeal and in your face lyrics that forced us to stop and listen.
Cheryl “Salt” James and Sandra “Pepa” Denton came from middle class families and met while attending Queensborough Community College. The group got their start while working at Sears. One of their co-workers asked them to help with a class project and record a rap response to Doug E. Fresh’s hit “The Show.” The school project was so good that it received airplay on one of the local radio stations and the rest they say is history.
Here are six interesting facts about Salt-N-Pepa.
Salt-N-Pepa originally called themselves Super Nature when James and Denton released the first single “The Showstopper” in 1985. After the song was successful, the group’s name changed to Salt-N-Pepa which was a line used in the verse of their first song.