Salt-N-Pepa open up up about new Life span biopic: ‘A story of triumph’

Cheryl “Salt” James and Sandra (“Pepa”) Denton shaped the trailblazing hip-hop duo Salt-N-Pepa a lot more than 35 years back — and the iconic rappers’ occupation is celebrated in a new Life span biopic.

James and Denton reminisced about their to start with conference as school college students and co-workers in Queens, New York, on Now with Hoda & Jenna Friday.

“We utilized to see every single other in the lunch home, and we clicked from there,” recalled Denton. “So, when Salt-N-Pepa commenced, that was just, like, the icing on the cake, the cherry on the leading, with our friendship by now in put.”

Deidre 'Spinderella' Roper, Cheryl James posing for the camera: Salt-N-Pepa Portrait (Getty Images)

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Salt-N-Pepa Portrait (Getty Pictures)

They also remembered listening to their 1985 keep track of “The Exhibit Stoppa (Is Silly New)” on the radio for the to start with time, right after catching the notice of community DJs.


“We ended up, like, ‘Ahhh!’ Couldn’t consider it. Sandy went nuts, jumped out of the automobile, screaming, ‘They’re participating in my music! They’re playing my music!’ ‘Cause this was so unheard of. There was no feminine hip-hop women on the radio.”

“I didn’t know, seriously, what I was likely to do with my lifestyle,” explained James. “When I obtained on the mic, it was like do or die. This is what I want to do, no approach B. Salt-N-Pepa was me and Pepa’s destiny, and it really just saved my lifestyle.”

The duo, afterwards joined by DJ Spinderella, went on to turn out to be the 1st female rap group to have a platinum album, with “Scorching, Interesting & Vicious,” which highlighted “Drive It.” Just after the launch of 1993’s “Really Needed,” which provided the hits “Shoop” and “Whatta Man,” they received a Grammy in the most effective rap performance by a duo or team category for “None of Your Small business.”

Cheryl James et al. posing for the camera: Salt n Pepa Shooting a Video (Getty Images)

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Salt n Pepa Shooting a Movie (Getty Visuals)

James also opened up about her non-public wrestle with bulimia in the late ’90s, which contributed to her choice to go away the team.

“It was just difficult, simply because I felt the force of currently being attractive and currently being thin and, you know, satisfying the history corporation. So, I experienced to acquire a crack, since fame can be traumatizing.”

Actors GG Townson and Laila Odom, who star in Lifetime’s “Salt-N-Pepa,” also joined the section to converse about what it was like portraying James and Denton, who executive-developed the film.

“I grew up on the East Coastline,” mentioned Odom. “So, there’s no way you can be from the East Coast and not know about Salt-N-Pepa, and not have, like, some kind of connection to them.”

“It was definitely a enthusiast female instant,” Townson explained, of conference the authentic-life Salt-N-Pepa. “To be small, outdated me and be in their graces is just almost nothing you can get ready by yourself for.”

James stated of the movie, “At the conclude of the day, what I acquired from the motion picture individually is a tale of triumph, the items we have to go through in any style, no matter if it’s corporate, no matter whether it is really audio, and how girls hold pushing it.”

“Salt-N-Pepa” premieres on Life span Jan. 23 at 8 p.m.

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