The first ladies of Hip-hop kick off their new VH1 reality series with music and mayhem

Essence.com
Dec, 16, 2009

We'll admit it; we're hooked already on VH1's The Salt-N-Pepa Show. The series premiere mixed all the key ingredients of must-see reality TV—a big helping of unresolved drama combined with two spicy, but beloved personalities and a dash of quick-wit and sharp tongues.


Female hip-hop pioneers Cheryl "Salt" Wray and Sandy "Pepa" Denton came out swinging from the show's opening scenes. It seems that ever since Salt abruptly left the legendary group almost a decade ago, Pepa has harbored resentment at being abandoned. Salt, meanwhile, has happily moved on, found God and is enjoying living the suburban life as a stay-at-home mom and wife. The two get a chance to air their grievances and in the end a relunctant Salt agrees that she will perform with Pepa for NBA baller Shaq O'Neal’s upcoming party.


The duo appear to be getting along great as they happily prepare to hit the stage again when Pepa can't help but try to slide in some risque moves on a man brought on stage during practice. Salt begins to feel uncomfortable and let's Pepa know she's beginning to doubt her decision to reconcile. After the two cool off, Salt breaks the news to Pepa that the Shaq gig is off, but that she has the perfect place for their first performance: her church. Hold up! What?


Old habits die hard for Pepa when they rock the sanctuary with a remixed version of their hit “Whatta Man.” Salt has to tap Pepa in the midst of the routine to keep her from nearly dropping it like it’s hot for the mega-church congregation.

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