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 
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
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
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
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
The sample driven nature of this song made it a very dope one 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. A respectable amount of historical signficance here.
Grade- A+

9. My Mic Sounds Nice
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 more 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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