On February 15, DJ Spinderella of Salt-n-Pepa will participate in an interview and lead a DJ demonstration performance as part of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum's Ladies First: Celebrating African-American Women Who Rock programming throughout Black History Month. The event starts at 7 pm, and will be viewable via live stream here.
Back in 1988, John McCready wrote in England's New Musical Express: "After Salt-n-Pepa, women in rap don't need to act like men in reverse. They have created a space of their own and the future is wide open." They were prophetic words as more than 25 years after their debut single, "The Show Stopper," Salt-n-Pepa rank among the most successful female groups in hip-hop history. Sandy "Salt" Denton, Cheryl "Pepa" James and DJ Spinderella (Dee Dee Roper) created an impressive string of best-sellers, capped by 1991's "Let's Talk About Sex" (Blacks' Magic) – an upbeat pop-rap song that expressed surprisingly frank and thoughtful opinions about the dangers of HIV/AIDS, media censorship of sexual imagery and the complex emotions bound up with the physical act (Let's tell it how it is, and how it could be / How it was, and of course, how it should be / Those who think it's dirty have a choice / Pick up the needle, press pause, or turn the radio off). Booted along by skittering snare-drum patterns and samples from "I'll Take You There" by the Staple Singers, "Let's Talk About Sex" became Salt-n-Pepa's biggest crossover hit, peaking at Number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100.