Salt N Pepa w/ Das Efx, Ginger Perry and DJ Big Spade

Salt N Pepa

Salt-N-Pepa is an American hip hop trio from Queens, New York, that was formed in 1985. The group, consisting of Cheryl James ("Salt", now Cheryl Wray), Sandra Denton ("Pepa"), and Deidra "Dee Dee" Roper (Spinderella), has sold over 15 million albums and singles worldwide.

Originally calling themselves Super Nature (on their first single), James and Denton debuted in 1985 with the single "The Showstopper", an answer record to Doug E. Fresh's hit single "The Show". The song utilized a melody from the 1984 film “Revenge of the Nerds.” The finished recording garnered some airplay on a New York City rap radio program. The independent Pop Art Records gave it an official release, and "The Showstopper" became a modest R&B hit.

With the success of this song, the group's name was changed to Salt-N-Pepa (which they had called themselves in the first verse of the song) and they signed to the independent Next Plateau Records to record a full-length album. Roper then joined the group as the DJ, under the moniker Spinderella, and the group's first album “Hot, Cool & Vicious” was released in 1986.

“Hot, Cool & Vicious” provided some moderate R&B hits with the singles "My Mic Sound Nice," "Tramp" and "Chick On The Side." But when San Francisco DJ and producer Cameron Paul created a remix of "Push It", the B-side of the "Tramp" single, it gave the group their first major hit. "Push It" (U.S. #19, U.K. #2) became a platinum single in the United States, and a hit in several other countries, and was added to subsequent pressings of “Hot, Cool & Vicious.” It was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group, and the strength of that single catapulted the album to platinum sales in the U.S. with one million sold, making Denton, James, and Roper the first female rap act (group or solo) to go gold or platinum. The album ultimately sold over 1.3 million copies worldwide.

Salt-N-Pepa's next album release, 1988's “A Salt with a Deadly Pepa,” contained the Top 10 R&B hit and moderate pop hit "Shake Your Thang," featuring the go-go band E.U. A Top 20 R&B hit and a minor pop hit were also seen in "Everybody Get Up" and "Twist and Shout" (U.K. #4), respectively.

The group's third album “Blacks' Magic” was released in March 1990. This was the first album to feature Roper on vocals as well as DJ'ing. The result was six singles released by Next Plateau Records, several of which became hits, including "Expression" (U.S. #26, U.K. #23), a platinum single that had already been #1 on the R&B Chart for 8 weeks, and produced by Salt, "Independent," "I Don't Know" (featuring Kid N Play), "Do You Want Me" (U.S. #21, U.K. #5), certified gold, "Let's Talk About Sex" (U.S. #13, U.K. #2), certified gold, and later re-recorded as "Let's Talk About Aids" and "You Showed Me" (U.K. #15). The album ultimately sold over 1.6 million copies worldwide with a million of those sold in the U.S. "Let's Talk About Sex" brought the group its second Grammy nomination for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group.

Salt-N-Pepa's fourth studio album “Very Necessary” was released in October 1993 on London Records/Polygram. Buoyed by the hits "Shoop" (U.S. #4, U.K. #13), "Whatta Man" (U.S. #3, U.K. #7) (featuring En Vogue) and "None of Your Business," a Top 40 U.S. hit and a Top 20 U.K. hit, the album eventually sold seven million copies worldwide, with five million of those in the U.S. (5x platinum), making them the first female rap act (solo or group) to have a multi-platinum selling album. The trio won the Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance in 1995 for the single "None Of Your Business," making them the first female rap Grammy winners, "Whatta Man" was also nominated in the same category. The album is the best selling album by a female rap act.

“Brand New” their fifth and final studio album was released in October 1997 by Red Ant Entertainment. Red Ant filed bankruptcy before the album was officially released. Salt-n-Pepa toured to support the album, despite the fact the album had no other promotion whatsoever. “Brand New” had two minor hits, "R U Ready" and "Gitty Up," the latter of which samples the Rick James song "Give it to Me." The album was certified gold in the U.S.

Salt-N-Pepa's greatest-hits album, entitled “Salt-N-Pepa: The Best Of,” was released in Europe in January 2000. They officially disbanded in 2002. To date, they have sold over 15 million albums and singles worldwide making them the best selling female rap act of all time.

Das EFX is an American hip hop duo. It consists of emcees Skoob (also known as Books, born William "Willie" Hines on November 27, 1970) and Dre (also known as Krazy Drayzy, born Andre Weston on September 9, 1970). They rose to popularity in the early 1990s due to their affiliation with EPMD's Hit Squad and the duo's stream of consciousness lyrical delivery, which became one of the most influential lyrical styles in hip hop music during the early 1990s. Their style combined nonsensical lines with a fast-paced flow (that included words that end with "iggedy") and numerous pop culture references.
History

Member Skoob hails from Brooklyn, New York City while Krazy Drayzy hails from Teaneck, New Jersey but the two met at Virginia State University in 1988 and began performing together. They named themselves "Das" standing for "Drayz and Skoob" and "EFX" meaning "effects". Das EFX caught the attention of EPMD at a local talent show where, despite losing the competition, they did well enough to convince EPMD to sign them to a recording contract. The duo gained critical and commercial fame with the release of their landmark debut album, Dead Serious, which highlighted their unusual rapping style which they nicknamed "sewage".

Dead Serious went platinum and its lead single, "They Want EFX," (which contains samples from James Brown's "Blind Man Can See It" and Malcolm McLaren's "Buffalo Gals") reached the top ten on Billboard magazine's R&B chart, the top 40 on its Hot 100 Singles chart and #1 on its Hot Rap Tracks chart. Follow-up singles "Mic Checka" and "Straight Out the Sewer" did not chart on the Hot 100 but reached #1 and #3 on the Hot Rap Tracks chart, respectively.

Ginger Perry

DJ Ginger, who brought fun theme nights to Denver like chickens and waffles back in the day and who now spins on Sundays at Table 6 and Tooeys. Plus Lipgloss on First Fridays. She puts the good shit in your ear hole so just relax and get ready to be banged out.

"Hey, DJ! Westword Q&A with DJ Ginger":http://blogs.westword.com/backbeat/2009/12/hey_dj_qa_with_dj_ginger.php

Dr. Xclusive, a.k.a. The Mad Scientist, known to the Colorado
nightlife as DJ BIG SPADE who’s one of the Hottest DJ’s in the West Coast and no stranger to the wheels of steel. Spade has worked with people from all over the country and has even been blessed to share booths with some legendary DJ’s like:
Kid Capri
Dj Drama
Biz Markie
Dj Enuff
Snoop Dogg’s dj Dj Jam
Ludacris’s dj Dj JayCee
50 Cent's dj, Dj Whoo Kid
Monie Love
Jay Z & Eminem's dj, Dj Green Lantern
Will Smith's dj, Dj Jazzy Jeff

Violator Dj, Dj Big Spade has also been booked for major events and shared the stages, as a performing dj for major concerts headlining celebrities such as:
Snoop Dog (2012 The Fillmore, 2008 Coors Theater)
P Diddy (2005 The Church Night Club & Event Center)
Busta Rhymes (2005 The Church Night Club & Event Center)
Jermain Dupree (2005 The Church Night Club & Event Center)
T Pain (2008 Summer Jam)
Tracey Morgan (2011 Gallery 22)
Mike Jones (2011 Club Vinyl)
M.O.P (2011 Club Vinyl)
Yo Gotti (2012 Casselman's Event Center)
112 (2009 Sutra Event Center)
Lloyd (2012 Beta)
Alkaholics (2012 Casselman's Event Center)
Ty Dolla Sign (2013 Gothic Theater)
Chalie Boy (2012 Gallery 22 Event Center)
Dorrough (2012 Fuego Event Center)
Mobb Deep (2013 Cervantes)
Dom Kennedy (2013)
Scarface (2012 Casselman's Event Center)
Wiz Khalifa Taylor Gang (2012 Casselman's Event Center)
Babyface (2011 R&B Jazz Festival)
T.I. (2005 All Star Weekend Party, 2008 Summer Jam Concert),
Red Man (2009 The Ogden Theater),
Rad Digga (2009 The Ogden Theater),
Wu-Tang Clan (2008 Atzlan Theater),
The Game (2009 DU College Campus),
The Clipse (2007 Rise Night Club),
Slick Rick (2007 Rise Night Club),
Outkast (2000 Fox Theater),
Naughty By Nature (Fox Theater),
Damion Marley (2009 Vinyl Club Event Center),
Nas (2009 Vinyl Club Event Center),
Talib Kweli (2009 Vinyl Club Event Center)
Bobby Valentino (2006, 2012 Casselman's Event Center),
Day 26 (2009 Vinyl Club),
De La Soul (2007 Blue Ice Event Center),
Gang Starr/Guru (2004, 2006, 2008, 2010) and plenty more!

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Salt N Pepa w/ Das Efx, Ginger Perry and DJ Big Spade

Friday, October 18 · Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM at Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom