So WAY back in the old days of 1985 on my first official college radio program I used to play a lot of this new music called “Hip Hop.” And for female groups it was pretty much Roxanne Shante, and Salt N Pepa. That was it. It was even before Queen Latifah. So in this world of never ending fame, everybody who was anybody is getting a chance for their 16th minute of fame.
So when I did my radio show I was on the East Coast at University of Hartford’s WWUH and that proximity to NYC allowed me to go into the city. Sometimes I could even hear radio stations coming out of the city. Luckily, back in Chicago, I had been a break dancer, so by the time I came East I was already up to speed about the Hip Hop movement. Movies like Beat Street and Wild Style had made me anxious to visit in NYC. And originally I had applied to NYU but ended up settling for a school in Connecticut (until a few years later when I finally did get accepted to NYU, but this time I turned THEM down and chose Columbia University instead).
But finding rap music today isn’t nearly as hard. And VH1, with shows like Hip Hip Honors, is becoming the go-to network (that link will take you to Salt N Pepa on Vh1). Plus they’ve taken the reality show format to the most extreme. Being the ugly sibling of MTV is no longer the title they’re willing to accept. Especially since they realized reality shows are FERTILE and reproductive. Almost Biblically so. Recall how the Surreal Life begat Flavor Flav and Bridgette, which begat Flavor of Love, which Begat I Love New York, and Flavor of Love with Mo’Nique. So VH1 knows how to exploit a concept.
Bringing us back to Salt and Pepa AKA Cheryl and Sandra. The first thing I noticed is no one mentions DJ Spinderella. She never got top billing, and neither did Jam-Master Jay of Run DMC, so I thought the plan was to just act like she never existed (but they finally give her some screen time around the 4th episode). But until then the show is about how the two stars have grown apart as friends and as a band. The premise of the TV show is to see if they can work it out. The first episode, of what would normally just be some junk on cable I might or might not watch, is rather heartbreaking for me. I had a woman leave me not long ago and I SEE both sides of her personality in both these women. Cheryl has become a woman with a family and is fulfilled by her role as a wife and mother. Oh, and she’s religious! Sandra, on the other hand, still wants to party and be in the limelight-some people say she even got a nose job. You see the problem, of course. Well clearly, so did the producers of the show. It’s a train wreck ready to happen with a marginal chance of things having a happy ending. But not really. You can’t make a woman-or anybody-change for anybody else, especially if there’s no reason to change. Neither woman will gain anything by changing the way they live. Nothing. Cheryl did a bad thing to Sandra years earlier by just leaving the group, and she does apologize-but, she wouldn’t go back in time and NOT do what she did. And Sandra still wants to be in a position to live the good life. She wants money, men, and the adoration of the public; and those desires are not going to go anywhere. And that kind of addiction will make a person do anything. As I see it there’s only one outcome for this relationship. But, in the meantime it’ll be ratings TV. So sit back and get ready to cringe.
Keep in mind this quote from Wiki.
‘In March 1999, Salt-n-Pepa embarked on their final live tour. Pepa (Sandy Denton) married Treach of Naughty By Nature on July 27, 1999. Salt-n-Pepa’s greatest-hits album, entitled Salt-n-Pepa: The Best Of was released on January 25, 2000. Treach and Pepa were divorced on July 31, 2001. The group officially disbanded in 2002. Upon disbanding, Salt claimed she had enough of the music industry and would no longer be involved in it. However, all that changed when Cheryl announced that she would be releasing her first solo CD “Salt of the Earth” which later changed to “Salt Unrapped“.’
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