Sounds like Pepa has left a bitter taste in Spinderella’s mouth.
Interviewed on Mutha Knows, the iconic Salt-N-Pepa DJ, born Deidra “Dee Dee” Roper, says she had to scratch up a storm for the respect she deserved from Sandra “Pepa” Denton and Cheryl “Salt” James.
“I had to stand up to that,” Spinderella tells us of not being spotlighted by Salt and Pepa.
“Because my name is not Salt or Pepa does not mean that I do not do the majority of everything that you guys do,” Dee Dee tells host Mutha she told her bandmates during the Grammy-winning hip- hop trio’s heyday in the ‘90s.
“I was kind of like the kid that’s born into something. They inherit the situation,” continues Dee Dee, who joined Salt-N-Pepa in 1987, before the group recorded its second album, A Salt with a Deadly Pepa.
“It took them years to actually stand up and go, ‘Yea. Spin’s here.’”
When Mutha says he’s hoping to book Sandra on his show and call her on the carpet for not giving Dee Dee her props, the DJ cracks:
“Pepa has a charm about her – and she’ll have you totally forgettin’ anything about Spinderella.”
Despite the apparent lack of mutual respect, the Push It singers are scheduled for a reunion concert next month at the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans.
And Dee Dee, who currently hosts the synciadted terrestrial radio show The Backspin Mix, says more tour dates will soon be announced.
She also discusses how she got into the biz.
Showstoppers: Spin with Salt (center) and Pepa (right).
I was DJ’ing just as a hobby. I wasn’t tryin’ to be in no group. My high school boy- friend, he was the local DJ. He was doing a lot of the parties in the neighborhood. I used to help him carry his records,” says the Brooklyn, N.Y., native.
“One day I was at his place. We weren’t doing anything. I was just touching his turntables. And he was like, ‘Do that again!’
“And I did it again and he started showing me different techniques for scratching, and back-spinning itself. And that’s where it all started.”
To hear Dee Dee’s full interview, click here.