Salt N Pepa keep pushin’ it real good

Salt N Pepa fans got a big blast from the past at Marlins Park on Sunday for the Fish vs. Colorado Rockies game.

The Grammy winning rap duo (Cheryl James and Sandra Denton, respectively), along with DJ Spinderella (Deidra Roper), were on a stop of their Crystal Pepsi Throwback Tour. Salt threw out the first ceremonial pitch at the game, which celebrated the clear soda staging a limited edition comeback.

The ladies responsible for such classic hits as “Push It,” “Whatta Man,” and “Let’s Talk About Sex” later performed on the West Plaza. Despite the blazing heat, they worked it just like they used to back in the day — shaking what their mamas gave them in skyscraper heels.

Now all middle aged-ish (we’ll never tell), James, Denton and Roper aren’t slowing down. They also perform Saturday night at the Pompano Beach Amphitheater as part of a separate tour, I Love the ’90s. They also set sail on Ship Hop, Jan. 11-15, 2018, from Miami to Key West and Cozumel.

“We feel good!” said James backstage. “We just do what we do. The fans keep us going.”

As the saying goes, the more things change the more they stay the same. The old school Salt N Pepa songs hold up today, and their bad-assery keeps influencing current female rappers.

“It’s still a male dominated industry, but we see hip hoppers like Nicki [Minaj], and she’s doing great,” said James. “I like that there is room for all of us. We are still in the game, in the race. We like seeing women being confident.”

The trio call themselves risk takers.

“We always wanted to be ourselves,” said Denton. “That’s always what we’ve done. We were focused. We stood out, even in the beginning with ‘Let’s Talk About Sex.’ We said, ‘They aren’t going to put us on the radio with that song. It’s too controversial.’ And it ended up being one of our biggest hits.”

Though they feel like they’re living the ’90s all over again, there are some unavoidable things that irk the group about present day.

“I miss the connection,” said James. “The world is all Instagram and Facebook. Everyone is so disconnected.”

But social media is helping fans spread the word and give them a whole new following.

“It’s snowballing!” said Denton. “We got all types of people following us now. We’v been working so hard. No one is retiring. It’s amazing to be here and still doing this. No one can take away what we did.”

An album is in the works, reports Spinderella.

Working title: “The Experience.”


Rap, hip-hop, R&B and freestyle legends unite, headed by Grammy-winning New York trio Salt-N-Pepa busting out hits including “Let’s Talk About Sex,” “Shoop,” “Whatta Man” and, of course, “Push It.” Rounding out the bill are Vanilla Ice (“Ice Ice Baby”), Coolio (“Gangsta’s Paradise,” “Fantastic Voyage”) and Young MC (“Bust a Move”).

7 p.m. Saturday at the Pompano Beach Amphitheater, 1806 NE 6th St., Pompano Beach; Ticketmaster; $25-$225.

1806 NE 6th St., Pompano Beach