Thirty years after debuting on Billboard’s charts, the iconic hip-hop trio of Salt-N-Pepa is still going strong, headlining the successful multi-artist I Love the ‘90s tour. But what has made the show so appealing to fans?
“The ‘90s itself,” the act’s DJ Spinderella (Deidra “Dee Dee” Roper) tells Billboard. “When you say ‘the ‘90s,’ it’s just nostalgia. The ‘90s was an incredible era for music, hip-hop, pop culture — just everything. People want to go back. And Salt-N-Pepa — we were literally in our prime.”
Indeed, while the Grammy Award-winning group — Cheryl (Salt) James, Sandra (Pepa) Denton and Spinderella — broke onto the charts in 1987 and scored hits in the late ‘80s, including the iconic “Push It,” they exploded into the pop mainstream in the 1990s. The act landed a string of top 40-charting hits on the Billboard Hot 100 that decade with songs like “Shoop,” “Whatta Man” (featuring En Vogue), “Let’s Talk About Sex,” “Expression,” “Do You Want Me” and “None Of Your Business.”