Cheryl James “Salt” of the rap group “Salt N Pepa” talks about “LADIES NIGHT” on BET & BET HER.

By the late ’80s, hip-hop was on its way to becoming a male-dominated art form, which is what made the emergence of Salt-n-Pepa so significant. As the first all-female rap crew (even their DJs were women) of importance, the group broke down a number of doors for women in hip-hop. They were also one of the first rap artists to cross over into the pop mainstream, laying the groundwork for the music’s widespread acceptance in the early ’90s.

Salt-n-Pepa were more pop-oriented than many of their contemporaries, since their songs were primarily party and love anthems, driven by big beats and interlaced with vaguely pro-feminist lyrics that seemed more powerful when delivered by the charismatic and sexy trio. While songs like “Push It” and “Shake Your Thang” made the group appear to be a one-hit pop group during the late ’80s, Salt-n-Pepa defied expectations and became one of the few hip-hop artists to develop a long-term career.

“Ladies Night” follows Salt-N-Pepa and DJ Spinderella as they embark their biggest career accomplishment to-date, a Las Vegas residency, and as they join forces with R&B trio SWV for the “Ladies Night” national tour.

• The series follows along as individual personalities, group egos, personal conflicts and professional obligations all take center stage to discover whether or not the ladies can meet the demands and deadlines of the tour.

• Salt-N-Pepa have concerns about SWV’s commitment to the tour

• A member of SWV is dealing with a time consuming personal issue leaving the other members wondering if it will jeopardize the tour opportunity

• Salt-N-Pepa kicked in the door of the male-dominated hip hop industry. They are the first female rap group to attain platinum status and have sold more than 12 million albums.

• With their 1992 debut “It’s About Time,” SWV scored a string of Top 10 R&B hits that established them as one of the most popular R&B groups of the 90s. SWV (Sisters with Voices) is comprised of three school friends: Coko, Taj and Lelee.

• Salt-N-Pepa are currently participating in The New Kids On The Block’s ‘The Mixtape Tour,‘ which hits over 50 cities across North America, along with special guests Tiffany, Debbie Gibson and Naughty By Nature.

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