“Shoop” by Salt-N-Pepa was a #1 hit in 1993. Salt-N-Pepa was one of the first successful female rap groups. Cheryl James (“Salt”), Sandra Denton (“Pepa”) and Deidra Roper (“DJ Spinderella”) created a truly unique sound. Their songs combined a danceable, infectious groove accompanying quasi-R-rated lyrics. Consider the fact that two of their other most popular songs are “Let’s Talk About Sex” and “Push It.”
Not being a rap aficionado, I can only guess that the sexually-tinged lyrics were their female response to the often misogynistic lyrics of early male rap groups. Other “Girl Groups” that emerged out of the same period were TLC, En Vogue, The Spice Girls, and Destiny’s Child, whose lead singer, Beyonce Knowles, went solo, dropped her last name…and the rest is history.
But, back to Salt-N-Pepa. Here are some of “Shoop’s” lyrics. The song is a must dance/guaranteed crowd-pleaser that every woman in the room will magically know the words to. *Special thanks to one of my favorite brides, Maggie, who reintroduced me to the song last May.
Here I go, here I go, here I go again (again)
Girls, what’s my weakness? (Men!)
Ok then, chillin’, chillin’
Mindin’ my business (word)
Yo, Salt, I looked around, and I couldn’t believe this
I swear, I stared, my niece my witness
The brother had it goin’ on with somethin’ kinda, uh
Wicked, wicked (ooh) had to kick it
I’m not shy so I asked for the digits
A ho? No, that don’t make me
See what I want slip slide to it swifty
Felt it in my hips so I dipped back to my bag of tricks
Then I flipped for a tip, make me wanna do tricks for him…
I’d love to know what you think.