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Hot, Cool & Vicious by Salt-n-Pepa
Released: Jan 1986
Label: Island Def Jam
Salt-N-Pepa launched their career with "The Showstopper," a goofy parody of Doug E. Fresh's "The Show." There wasn't any real reason for it -- then as now, rappers dis each other just to get noticed -- but the three women quickly proved they were more than just a novelty song. On Hot, Cool & Vicious, they land their own megahit in "Push It," five minutes of electro-bass ecstasy; and "Tramp," a clever update of the Otis Redding & Carla Thomas classic. With go-go and 808 beats from Salt's boyfriend Hurby Azor, this album captures the innocence and fun of hip-hop's original golden age.
Mosi Reeves
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