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Salt-N-Pepa is an American R&B and hip hop group, consisting of Cheryl James[?] and Sandy Denton[?] ("Salt" and "Pepa", respectively). They debuted with "The Show Stopper", a response record[?] to Doug E. Fresh[?] & Slick Rick's "The Show". It was an underground hit and Salt-N-Pepa signed to Next Plateau[?]. Their debut LP, which included [[DJ Pamela Green], was Hot, Cool & Vicious[?] (1986, 1986 in music). Salt's then-boyfriend, Hurby Azor[?], was the group's manager, and he received songwriting credit for the album, though this was later disputed.

While Hot, Cool & Vicious received some chart success, a San Francisco DJ named Cameron Paul's remix of "Push It" (The b-side to "Tramp") became a national hit and was nominated for a Grammy. Green was then replaced with DJ Spinderella[?] for A Salt With a Deadly Pepa[?], which was significantly less successful. Their third original LP was Blacks Magic[?], which received generally positive reviews and expanded Salt-N-Pepa's fanbase among hip hop fans. It included "Let's Talk About Sex", one of their biggest songs.

Dropping Aznor, Salt-N-Pepa released Very Necessary[?] in 1993 (see 1993 in music), and it was performed very well on the charts, buoyed by "Shoop" and "Whatta Man" (with En Vogue[?]). Since Very Necessary, both Salt and Pepa have focused primarily on their acting careers.

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