Salt-N-Pepa is set to be honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The rap duo will receive the 2,738th star on the famous strip. Both MC Lyte and Roxanne Shanté are set to speak during the ceremony, scheduled for Nov. 4th.
Together, Cheryl “Salt” James, Sandra “Pepa” Denton, and third member Deidra “Spinderella” Roper created a lane in Hip-Hop for not only women in rap, but all artists to create music that pushed boundaries. The ladies, along with Queen Latifah, became the first female MCs to win a Grammy Award, and still hold the title for the best-selling album of all time by any female rap group with 1993’s Very Necessary.
“This upcoming star ceremony honoring Hip-Hop pioneers SaltN-Pepa will honor the amazing 80s music we all love and so many grew up with!” shared Walk of Fame Producer Ana Martinez in a press statement. “We’re placing these ladies of Hip Hop royalty adjacent to Amoeba Music and right next to the Walk of Fame star of another Queen of Hip Hop, Missy Elliott!”
Cheryl James (Salt) and Sandra Denton (Pepa) got their start as a group back in 1985, and since then, they’ve reached countless accomplishments including three No. 1s on Billboard‘s Hot Rap Songs chart, five albums on the Billboard 200, and winning the Grammy for best rap performance by a duo or group in 1995 — which made them the first women in rap to win a Grammy.
The commercial centered on a jungle explorer who accidentally drops bags of Flamin’ Hot Doritos and Cheetos while climbing a tree. The open bags leave some sloths to try their first bite. The song starts as one of them joyfully lets out an “Ah,” which doubles as the opening instrumental.
Salt-N-Pepa originally released “Push It” in 1987 as a vinyl B-side to their song, “Tramp.” However, after the duo put the song out as a single in 1988, as a “Mixx-It” remix by DJ Cameron Paul, it became their biggest hit yet. It peaked at No.19 on the Billboard Charts and also earned them a 1989 Grammy nomination in the first-ever Best Rap Performance category.
Additionally, their hit “Push It” became the first rap song by a female act to hit the top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100, and it eventually climbed its way up to No. 19.