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Salt-N-Pepa shares essential advice for female rap duos

Salt-N-Pepa has been breaking new ground in hip-hop since they burst onto the scene. They have opened doors for women to embrace their sexuality while spreading knowledge about sex education. The dynamic duo from Queens, New York created anthems and party starters that have stood the test of time, from ‘Shoop’ to ‘Let’s Talk About Sex’, ‘Whatta Man’ and many more.

The hip-hop veterans recently recorded a new album: a remix of the classic children’s song “Who Stole the Cookie from the Cookie Jar?” in addition to a music video for the Grandma’s Cookies brand. Who doesn’t love singing about sweet treats?

REVOLT spoke to the legends about their partnership, favorite type of cookies, the importance of friendship and which female rappers they let sample their work. Watch the exclusive chat below.

What kind of cookies do you as mothers (and Pepa, you are now grandmothers) prefer to bake for the children?

Pepa: Chocolate chip – I love a nice piece of chocolate chip and some cold milk (laughs).

Salty: We dip it very nicely (laughs).

How does your current studio process compare to the past, especially when recording the “Grandma’s Got Treats” remix?

Salty: The process is always different – ​​sometimes you hear a beat and write lyrics to it, or vice versa. Grandma’s Cookies was a no-brainer – the idea was to make it current, but also add a Salt-N-Pepa touch, because grandmas aren’t the same and can be hip. Grandma’s hair is now platinum, and no longer gray (laughs). We wanted to make sure Grandma was versatile, current and catchy, representing the brand and exuding the Salt-N-Pepa spirit.

Pepa: I never thought I would do Grandma’s Cookies, but for me right now, since I am a ‘Glammom’, the collaboration was a perfect fit.

Pepa, you came over for a mutual friend’s birthday – Joey Harris – and showed up. Why is friendship so crucial and how important is your bond with Salt?

Pepa: Well, we always say that, because it’s like a marriage (laughs). You can go through your ups and downs, or agree and disagree, but then you come together, and you still maintain that relationship and understand that we are two different people who can come together. We were in this business before there was a Salt-N-Pepa because we went to school and worked at Sears – we’ve come a long way.

Salty: We need to co-parent the brand – we had this baby together and we need to continue to co-parent.

You boycotted the Grammys with Will Smith in 1989 and many artists still have doubts about the awards ceremony. How do you see the progress of the Grammys since then?

Pepa: That was a big moment for us because we sold as much as a lot of other music genres, and we got nominated and won, but we weren’t televised. It was a huge moment to take a stand like that and take a chance, because we haven’t won a Grammy at that point – to take a stand and boycott, still stay strong, our music to sell and then be able to win a Grammy and have it televised, make a good statement and empower a lot of women. Being in the business for over 30 years and making timeless music, to be relevant and see our contributions, hard work and dedication through the ups and downs of the business, it felt right.

City Girls are currently one of the few mainstream female rap duos. Looking back on your own journey, what advice would you give to emerging female duos navigating the complexities of the music industry?

Salty: My advice to any entertainer or artist is to have authenticity. Salt-N-Pepa brought fun, fashion and femininity to hip-hop, and we always stayed true to who we were, and I think that made us relatable. We were the fun, spontaneous girls. Never be a cookie cutter because that can be temporary. I think we’re an example of how you can have longevity in this business by being authentic, making timeless music, and keeping your name in the business.

We also went through the process of not understanding the business and being picked off, which is very common in the industry. I see a lot of women who feel like they’re really at the top right now, which is super important because you can be in this business for a while and then have nothing to show for it at the end of the day. it, you know, which is very common. You need to pay attention to your business.

Pepa: Of course, sometimes it’s challenging when you’re in a group (compared to being) a solo artist because there are different opinions, but it’s respectful understanding and a common focus on the bigger picture.

It would be so cool to see City Girls make a record with Salt-N-Pepa.

Salty: Everyone says that (laughs). That would be very interesting.

Pepa: They did great when they made their record ‘Take Yo Man’, which was really good. It would be good because of the generation gap.

Salty: I wonder what the content would be?

Pepa: I saw something about JT recently where a DJ kept asking her to twerk and she said, “No” and that she’s a lady – there was a point before she probably never would have said that.

Salty: I saw something where she said she wants to be taken more seriously as an artist, (and) I think a lot of artists are feeling that way right now.

If you could hear one more of your songs, what would it be and who would you give it to?

Pepa: I love “Shoop” because everyone is always remaking “Push It.”

Salty: We both love “Shoop” and it’s our favorite song together. I also think this is the #1 karaoke song for women. Who would we give ‘Shoop’ to? I don’t know, Ty… You answer that question.

Pepa: Yes, Ty, it’s your choice.

*20 minutes later*

I think Saweetie could do something… She’s sexy. Or Kash doll.

Pepa: Those are good – Kash Doll is also mature and sexy.