Salt-N-Pepa Set to Perform at Long Beach Pride

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Legends, icons, trailblazers, pioneers, innovators and trendsetters are just a few words often used to describe this group. From Grammys to MTV Video Awards, they have won them all. Whether it’s the top of the charts or on stages at sold out coliseums across the country, they have done it all. They are Grammy Award winning group, Salt-N-Pepa, which consists of Cheryl James, Sandy Denton (“Salt” and “Pepa”, respectively) and Deidre “Dee Dee” Roper (DJ Spinderella). 

Twenty five years into their career, they continue to aspire to great heights with history making firsts. Not only were they the first female rappers to receive a Grammy, but they have also now teamed up with media mogul Oprah Winfrey and her talk show to become the one of the few select rappers to have the distinct honor to ever perform on The Oprah Winfrey Show during its history-making run.

As the first ever female rap crew, Salt-N-Pepa broke barriers and opened doors wide open that were once closed to women in hip-hop. They gave women a voice in a male dominated industry and transformed the way the music world saw women forever. With the hit songs “Push It,” “Tramp,” “Shake Your Thang,” “Shoop” and “Whatta Man,” Salt-N-Pepa would defy everyone’s expectations and catapult hip-hop to new levels.

“We encounter so many people who said they long to hear and see us again in concert,” said Salt. “People really miss seeing us out there. They come up to us and mention that our music touched them, brings back so many great memories for them and helped them just see life differently.”

Outside of the realm of being legends of the hip hop game, Grammy Award winning group, Salt-N-Pepa can also be called “revolutionaries of rap” and “groundbreakers of the game.” Not only using their mic as a means to make big beats and heads bob, but they also used it as means to get out messages of importance and relevance. From safe sex to independence and respecting yourself as a woman, Salt-N-Pepa saw the urgency and importance of empowering the female race and using their voices through the mic to influence millions with their music.

“Recently, we had the opportunity to see Justin Timberlake and Christina Aguilera at events where we were performing. One of the first things they said to us was ‘we are such big fans; we absolutely love you and your music,’ ” said Pepa. It just blows our mind when we see the impact that we’ve had throughout the years on such huge, well respected mega stars like them. It’s both humbling and an honor all at the same time. It just goes to show us that superstars appreciate our music and we have genuinely impacted and touched their lives and continue to touch the lives of millions of our fans.”

You can’t list or mention the top rap songs of all time without their hit songs showing up. And you can’t talk about music history without mentioning their names. Their contributions to a culture and to the world of hip hop has influenced the landscape and look of music as we know it today.

Long Beach Lesbian & Gay Pride, Inc. has been hosting the Long Beach Pride Festival for the past 31 years. This marks our 32nd Annual Festival and we are very excited to present Salt-N-Pepa for this years event.  The festival dates are May 16th & 17th, 2015, don’t miss out seeing them live.

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