The Best of Salt-N-Pepa

Music review by
Jacqueline Rupp, Common Sense Media
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Original female rap trio likes to talk about sex.

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 1 review

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The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

In general, the group remains positive and feminist. However, the girls are boy-obsessed and promote the idea about sex that "everybody's doin' it."


A few songs, such as "Push It," "Let's Talk About Sex," and "Shoop" are sexually-themed. Examples: "Yeah, you come here, gimme a kiss/better make it fast or else I'm gonna get pissed/Can't you hear the music pumpin' hard like I wish you would?/Now push it/ Push it good/ Push it real good," "The difference between a hooker and a ho ain't nothin' but a fee," "Lick him like a lollipop should be licked," and ""If looks could kill you would be an Uzi/You're a shotgun…bang!/what's up with that thang?/I wanna know how does it hang?"


Only a few scattered words, including "pissed" and "mothaf--ker" (the "f--ker" part is bleeped out), and sexual euphemisms. "None of Your Business" has the most questionable lyrics, with words like "ho," "asshole," and "s--t."


A few mentions of car brands.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that although a lot of the lyrics are tame by today's rap standards, this compilation still includes some sexually-charged tracks. There's nothing repulsive, but the playful lyrics do get sexually graphic on some songs. The ladies also do seem fixated with men in general. Kids might know of the famous group from The Salt-N-Pepa Show on VH1.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byJeffRC March 4, 2012

Great album with many positive messages.

I'm 30 years old, and I grew up with Salt N Pepa. In fact their album Black's Magic was the first CD my mom ever bought me at age 10. My mom was alw... Continue reading
Adult Written byzestybb April 9, 2008

Luv Salt n Pepa

Yes, loved Salt n Pepa as a young adult and feels it remains just that...for young adults. It's too sexually themed for kids 17 and under, but I think the... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byedward789121 July 10, 2020

A wide variety of Music.

First on the Compilation, we have Push It, a very catchy song with a bit of a suggestive theme, but nothing really full-on. ("hear the music pumping hard,... Continue reading

What's the story?

The girls of Salt-N-Pepa are back to introduce a new generation to their old-school hip-hop tracks. The album contains 11 of the group's most popular tracks from the last two decades. Parents will probably recognize such classics as \"Push It\" and \"Let's Talk About Sex,\" but there are also some lesser known singles on the album, including such gems as \"R U Ready\" and \"Shake Your Thang.\"

Is it any good?

Salt-N-Pepa was one of the first female rap groups and sadly there have been few to follow in their footsteps. No history of hip-hop is complete without a reference to these trailblazing ladies. On this album, listeners can recap all of the group's hits that are easy to listen to -- and even more fun to sing along with. Although many of the songs are sexually-themed and somewhat inappropriate for younger ears, they do a fairly good job of empowering women by rapping realistically and respectfully.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how rap and hip-hop styles have changed over the years. Many of the tracks on this album are more than 20 years old. Do the songs hold up to today's standards or are they dated? Also, how do Salt-N-Pepa differ from male rappers? Do they both use similar subject matter, lyrical stylings, and beats?

Music details

  • Artist: Salt-N-Pepa
  • Release date: February 5, 2008
  • Label: Island
  • Genre: Hip-hop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: June 19, 2019

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