Friday, June 14, 2013

Hip Hop Nostalgia 101, Session 6: Salt N Pepa - Hot, Cool, & Vicious (1986)

Today's session is quite historic. Salt N Pepa's 1986 debut, "Hot, Cool, & Vicious", was the first hip hop album released by an all female group. It's definitely been a long time since I've listened to this album, and with my strong sense of nostalgia, this should be GOOD!




All songs produced by Hurby "Luv Bug" Azor


1. Push It
What better way to begin this album than with a sure fire classic, as well as one of their best/most popular songs ever. Their energy is already apparent on this one and it definitely holds up today.
Grade- A+

2. Beauty And The Beat 

Sample Check
 

DJ Latoya Hanson, also on the album cover, makes an appearance here, and she does good. There's no denying the mic presence of Salt and Pepa overall, as their "lyrical beauty" shines over this nice beat, thanks to a well worked sample of The Meters' "Hand Clapping Song".
Grade- A+

3. Tramp

Sample Check


 
 
Aside from the all too familiar subject matter, especially from a woman's point of view, lol, I LOVE this beat and it's also one of my favorites from Salt N Pepa. Classic.
Grade- A+   

4. I'll Take Your Man

Sample Check



Check this out, not only did they flat out TELL YOU they would take your man if you step out of line, they also detail HOW they could do it and WHY they would do it in the most effective ways possible. I bet they could pull it off back then too, lol!
Grade- A+

5. It's Alright
They bring a little reggae to the table here, second possibly after Run DMC, and they do a decent job at it. Speaking of Run DMC, you can tell the influence was there in this song, because it sounds like something they would've made around the same time period.
Grade- B

6. Chick On The Side

Sample Check



 
Well, I'm sure the ladies could relate to a song like this back then and today, lol. If you were to play this for today's youth, the females that is, I'm not sure if they would embrace it or laugh at it, for all the wrong reasons.
Grade- B 

7. Desire

Sample checks

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#2


#3




Combining three classic samples into one, this made one very dope song indeed.
Grade- A

8. The Showstopper
What some may not know to this day is that this song was a direct response to Doug E. Fresh & Slick Rick's 1985 classic "The Show". It's not a diss in my view, but you can tell the response was done all in the name of fun. I'll present both songs here and I have to give this one an A+ for the historical significance and the effort.
Grade- A+





9. My Mic Sounds Nice

Sample Check
    



Mic check 1,2! My mic sounds nice check 1! My mic sounds nice check 2! My mic sounds nice check 3! Are you READY??!! Those lines right there effectively define this closing classic fittingly.
Grade- A+


Wow, did I have a GREAT time revisiting this album or what! It has aged INCREDIBLY well and every song is a classic in its own right. Although MC Lyte was on the way, Salt N Pepa proved that there was a place in hip hop for the "femcee" and they did it with such style, grace, finesse, AND energy, which are four things you don't get in most female artists today. Also, after this album's release, DJ Latoya Hanson was replaced by the familiar Deidra "DJ Spinderella" Roper, as well as this album being the first release by female hip hop artists to achieve gold and platinum status. Outstanding and I thank them so much for this!!!


Final Grade- A+

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