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Salt-N-Pepa 2014 Tour: Female rap legends take over NYC's Highline Ballroom

Grammy Award winning, legendary female rap group, Salt-N-Pepa rocked New York City’s Highline Ballroom on Friday (June 6) night. New York natives Cheryl “Salt” James, Sandra “Pepa” Denton and Deidra “DJ Spinderella” Roper treated fans to a high energy, interactive live performance.

Salt-N-Pepa reunite for a 2014 tour, performing live with DJ Spinderella on the ones and twos.
Salt-N-Pepa reunite for a 2014 tour, performing live with DJ Spinderella on the ones and twos.
Hil Scott
Salt-N-Pepa reunite on stage for their 2014 tour
Salt-N-Pepa reunite on stage for their 2014 tour
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Salt took a moment to let the anticipating crowd know what they were about to witness. “A Salt-N-Pepa show is not your average show, it’s an experience,” Salt told the sold-out crowd. The show kicked off with an homage to a few male rap legends as the iconic female emcees put the crowd’s music knowledge to the test. Spinderella played a series of beats, prompting a sing-along session to a short medley of old school hip-hop tunes.

Reciting clever rhymes from their own extensive catalog of hits, Salt-N-Pepa connect with one another on stage, as well as with loyal followers of their career. Crowd interaction was heavy. It seemed like the entire Highline Ballroom sang along lyric for lyric to classic Salt-N-Pepa hits including “Tramp”, “My Mic Sounds Nice”, “Shake Your Thang”, “Get Up Everybody (Get Up) and “Shoop”.

The closer you were to the stage, the more likely you were to get a high five, a handshake or a microphone to sing into from any one of the female rap phenomenons. Salt-N-Pepa even invited a few lucky guys from the crowd to the stage to dance with them during their performance of their platinum hit song, “Whatta Man”. Another highlight of the show was when Salt-N-Pepa broke into choreography to Beyonce’s song “Run the World (Girls)”. After hitting a few dance moves, they closed the show with their smash hit single, “Push It”.

What makes this tour especially significant to Salt-N-Pepa fans is that DJ Spinderella is back on the ones and twos. As The Huffington Post reports, Salt revealed Spinderella's return to the group at the Brotherhood/Sister Sol (BHSS) Voices 10 Gala last month. The female rap pioneers put their creative differences aside and decided to reunite. "We got together one day and put it all on the table without cameras. We came to the conclusion that the petty stuff is too young for us. We are too old for foolishness. When you're older what you thought mattered doesn't matter," Salt said.

Game changers in the male-dominated rap music industry ever since they hit the scene in 1985, Salt-N-Pepa is a representation of female empowerment. As a collective, their ability to command a crowd is a clear indication that hip-hop culture runs through their veins. To catch Salt-N-Pepa live on stage, head over to Ticketmaster.com for show dates and ticket details.