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The Best of Salt-N-Pepa

Original female rap trio likes to talk about sex.

What parents need to know

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."

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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.

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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.

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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.

Families can talk 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

Release date:February 5, 2008
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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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 always very open about sex, and the song Let's Talk About Sex lead to us having serious conversations about sex and sexual responsibility, which certainly made a positive impact in my life. The song is not about the mechanics of sex and does not promote sex, but talks about sexual responsibility and possible dangers of sex. The album also contains message of female empowerment and how to respect women and treat them properly, also very positive messages. As their career progressed, their lyrics became somewhat more risque, but never overtly sexual. Although Shoop definitely contains innuendo, they never discuss the sex act itself in any of their songs (except possibly Sexy Noises Turn Me On, which does not appear on this compilation, but even that song never mentions any body parts by name haha). The compilation also contains Whatta Man, which describes their ideal man, including how such a man should treat and respect them, and how less than worthy men should be avoided. None of their albums, including this one, have ever carried an explicit content warning, as the language is simply not bad. The only possibly questionable song on the album is None of Your Business, which contains lines such as "And if she wanna be a freak and sell it on the weekend, it's none of your business" which may condone prostitution, although the most prominent message in that song is that we should not judge other for what they do in their personal lives, because one's personal life is just that. Personal. Although this song appears on this best of album, in recent years Salt has renounced that song and they no longer perform it in their live shows. Less open minded parents with less mature children than I was would probably object to allowing a 10 year old to listen to this album, but by 14, most kids have learned plenty about sex from their friends (regarding the message that everybody's doin it, I'm a high school teacher, and by the time I get them in high school, most of them have already had some sort of sexual experience, so they aren't really off there. I think the purpose of that message is to denounce the stigma that sex is taboo, and that when people are responsible and proceed with caution, it's nothing to be ashamed of. The fact is that kids are doing it anyway, so they might as well have good role models that are honest about both the joys and possible consequences of sex), so the positive messages in Salt N Pepa's work definitely outweigh the small amount of somewhat questionable material. Overall, I think this album includes some of their best and most socially responsible work, and is excellent, but let's be perfectly clear, I've been a huge fan for 20 years, so I am somewhat biased in their favor. Although I am not a parent yet, I think I'd let my kids listen to Salt N Pepa.
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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 they were a positive role model for young adults back then and I still love them today!