The Salt-N-Pepa show

Legendary rap group Salt-N-Pepa will kick-off a 20-city tour beginning in February. The Grammy Award-winning group consists of Cheryl James and Sandy Denton ("Salt" and "Pepa"), and Deidre "Dee Dee" Roper (DJ Spinderella). While they are often heralded as the first female rap group (in fact, it is the group Sequence), they definitely broke down many barriers, demonstrating that female rappers could compete on the same level as male rappers, with their brilliant delivery and high-energy performances.

Salt-N-Pepa is best known for hits "The Showstopper"; "My Mic Sounds Nice"; "Tramp"; "Push It"; "Shake That Thing"; "Whatta Man," which featured R&B group En Vogue; and "None of Your Business," for which they won a Grammy in 1995. They are the best-selling female rap group of all time. Denton and James have had second careers on reality television, starring in The Surreal Life, The Salt-N-Pepa Show and Let's Talk About Pep, all on VH1. They were also featured in Ava DuVernay's documentary on female rappers, My Mic Sounds Nice, and Chris Rock's documentary, Good Hair.

The once estranged group officially reunited on The Salt-N-Pepa Show, deciding to go on tour after realizing how much fans wanted to see them perform. The tour will include performances by Kurtis Blow, Doug E. Fresh, Whodini, Kool Moe Dee, Slick Rick, MC Lyte, Rob Base, Naughty by Nature and Biz Markie. Each city of the tour will have different performers. The tour kicks off Feb. 4 in Cleveland at the Wolstein Center. Are you ready?


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