Salt-N-Pepa hails ‘strong women’ in music at Walk of Fame star ceremony

Salt-N-Pepa praised the “strong women” who came before them in the music industry as they were honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

His all-female rap trio highlighted people who have “put up with misery… but somehow found a way to persevere” in a male-dominated field at a ceremony in Los Angeles on Thursday Five.

Known as the First Lady of Hip-Hop, Salt-N-Pepa is considered to be the pioneers of the genre, bringing excitement, fashion and femininity to hip-hop.

The group consisted of Cheryl “Salt” James, Sandra “Pepa” Denton and Deidra “DJ Spinderella” Roper.

They achieved great success in the 1990s with the album Very N Essential, boasting two top hits, Shoop and Whatta Man, and going platinum more than five times.


Salt-N-Pepa is considered a pioneer of hip-hop (Richard Shotwell/AP)

But it was the song None Of Your Business that brought them the Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group, in 1995.

Salt-N-Pepa was joined by fellow rappers MC Lyte and Roxanne Shante, who spoke before the presentation.

In the first of three separate speeches, Salt said: “Obviously I can’t thank everyone because so many people have contributed to our cause, from the women go ahead… to our colleagues and all the strong women who have so much endorsed in this industry.

“Women who have suffered setbacks in this industry, but somehow found a way to persevere, but the women behind the scenes never shine, the women who are despise and underestimate, keep promoting it.”

Pepa added that she was “speechless” and the moment “happy with bittersweet” when her late father wasn’t around to witness the success he inspired.

“He was like, you have to be strong, you have to get through in life, you have to complete. And so when he passed, that was all I could think about,” she said.

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She added: “You know with the fight for a woman in the male-dominated field to this day… we’re always right, we’re focused on what you can do.


Their star is the 2,738th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (Richard Shotwell/AP)

“It’s withstood all the troubles, against all the trials and tribulations, the waves, and that’s it, you just keep focusing on the high scores, keep going.”

DJ Spinderella said Salt-N-Pepa’s music is “a movement that is felt across the globe”.

“Women everywhere are forever inspired, transformed by messages of strength and independence,” she said.

“And what that message did for you, it did for me too.”

Salt-N-Pepa met as students at Queensborough Community College in Bayside, Queens, in New York, where they created a diss track that became a local hit.

Soon DJ Spinderella joined the duo as their official DJ.

Raised in Brooklyn, New York and then 16 years old, Spinderella is considered the most famous female DJ in hip-hop.


Salt-N-Pepa stars fellow rappers MC Lyte and Roxanne Shante (Richard Shotwell/AP)

Among their many accomplishments, the group became the first female rap artist to have an album go gold and then go platinum.

Together with Queen Latifah, they became the first female MC to win a Grammy and become an international superstar, bringing hip-hop from Russia to Australia.

The much-needed album of 1993 remains the best-selling album of all time by any female rap artist.

Their star is the 2,738th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and was awarded in the sound recording category. Salt-N-Pepa hails ‘strong women’ in music at Walk of Fame star ceremony

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