The Hollywood Walk of Fame will welcome Salt-N-Pepa in November.
The rap duo made up of Cheryl “Salt” James and Sandra “Pepa” Denton will be honored with the 2,738th star on the Los Angeles landmark in the category of recording, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce announced Thursday.
The star will be located at 6213 Hollywood Boulevard adjacent to Amoeba Music.
“This upcoming star ceremony honoring Hip-Hop pioneers Salt-N-Pepa will honor the amazing 80s music we all love and so many grew up with!” Walk of Fame producer Ana Martinez said in a 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!”
Salt-N-Pepa were credited with bringing fun and femininity to rap music.
The pair grew up in different boroughs in New York City. Pepa, who was born in Jamaica, lived in St. Alban, Queens, while Salt was raised in Bushwick, Brooklyn.
Denton and James became friends while they were nursing students at Queensborough Community College in Queens, New York. They created a diss track that became a local hit. Soon after, Deidra “Spinderella” Roper joined the duo as their official DJ.
Salt-N-Pepa landed a deal to make their debut 1986 LP “Hot, Cool & Vicious.” Propelled by the breakout hit “Push It,” the album went platinum. Among the Grammy-winning group’s other hits were “Let’s Talk About Sex” (1990), “Shoop” (1993), and “Whatta Man” (1993).
Spinderella later left the group and in May 2019, she shared a statement on Instagram saying she’d received a “termination email” from Salt-N-Pepa.
Last year, Lifetime released an authorized biopic about Salt-N-Pepa, with the rap duo serving as executive producers. In an interview, James told Urban Hollywood 411, “It’s hard to put 35 years into a two-and-a-half-hour film.”
Salt-N-Pepa will reach another milestone on Friday, Nov. 4, when their star is unveiled on the Walk of Fame at 11:30 a.m. The duo will be joined by MC Lyte and Roxanne Chante.