Oooh, baby, baby! The age-old question of who is a better lip syncer, Salt or Pepa, was finally answered on this week’s episode of Lip Sync Battle as fierce rap duo Salt-n-Pepa split up and faced off against each other.
Right from the get go, it was clear that despite years of performing by each other’s side, the two women also felt pretty comfortable taking each other on.
Salt kicked off the night’s festivities with Kelly Clarkson‘s girl power, break-up anthem “Since U Been Gone.” The rapper’s passionate performance had enough pep-pa in it to get the audience hyped. And she also threw in enough hair tosses that she might still be recovering from the performance.
“Who knew you were a pop diva?” host LL Cool J shared.
“Well, you know L, we can’t sing, so we’ve been wanting to do this for years. It’s exhilarating,” Salt shared while Pepa beamed from the sidelines.
Pepa kept the pop vibe going with Katy Perry‘s “Firework.” The rapper’s leggy performance had the audience going “Oh, oh, oh” as she sashayed across the stage with her slightly sassy spin on Perry’s tune.
So why did Pepa also choose to go pop? “‘Cause I can’t sing! This is like you’re second childhood. I can only lip sync this,” Pepa said of what Salt described of her “beautiful” performance.
“I know what you got, Pep, But I’ve got an arsenal,” Salt declared backstage. “Pep, i’m coming after you girl.”
And she pulled out a few weapons from her arsenal for her pretty spot-on performance of “It’s Tricky” by Run-D.M.C. complete with the rap group’s signature track suits. Of course performing a hip-hop song for a skilled MC like Salt seemed like an obvious choice, but her enthusiasm (and slew of back-up dancers) certainly added a little extra spark.
The performance got LL pretty excited as he even spit a few lines after she wrapped up. “That was my moment right there,” she said, adding that she and Pepa “patterned” themselves after the legendary group.
From there, Pepa took Salt’s challenge and ran with it. “I’m pepping it up tonight. Tonight, it’s going down,” she said backstage. “I’m coming for you tonight, Salt. It’s on.”
In full disco regalia, including afro and sequined jumpsuit, Pepa channeled in her disco diva with Gloria Gaynor‘s “I Will Survive.” The glammed-up rapper got so into her performance she even kicked off her shoes and from there really up the theatrics of the dance-floor staple.
“You know this is just for all the survivors out there, all the women who have been through some ‘ish,” she said.
“She was a’ight,” was all Salt could add.
And the winner is…
So did the audience prefer some Salt sprinkled on their lip sync battle? Or, some Pepa? In the end, the audience spoke and it was all about Pepa.