*As the first ever female rap crew, Salt-N-Pepa, broke barriers and opened doors wide open that were once closed to women in hip-hop. They gave women a voice in a male dominated industry and transformed the way the music world saw women forever. With the hit songs “Push It,” “Tramp,””Shake Your Thang,” “Shoop” and “Whatta Man,” Salt-N-Pepa would defy everyone’s expectations and catapult hip-hop to new levels
Now that the new year has begun, Salt-N-Pepa have commissioned some of their closest friends and some of hip-hop’s greatest artists to join forces with them for the 2011 installment of Salt-N-Pepa’s “Legends of Hip-Hop Tour.” The VH1 reality show, “The Salt-N-Pepa Show,” officially reunited the ladies and made them realize that people really wanted to see them together again. After that, they decided to settle their differences and make this tour and several new ventures happen. Salt-N-Pepa’s “Legends of Hip-Hop Tour” is the first of many for them.
Artists who will be coming together with Salt-N-Pepa on stages across the country include Kurtis Blow, Doug E. Fresh, Whodini, Kool Moe Dee, Slick Rick, MC Lyte, Rob Base, Naughty By Nature and Biz Markie. The tour kicks off February 4th in Cleveland, OH at the Wolstein Center. Each city on the tour will have different artist line-ups. Select cities on the tour are on sale now. For more information on tickets and artists log onto, http://www.ticketmaster.com/, http://www.snplegendsofhiphop.com/ or http://www.saltnpepa.net/.
From all of Salt-N-Pepa’s greatest hits to “Freaks Come Out At Night,” by Whodini, “The Breaks,” from Kurtis Blow, “The Show” from Doug E. Fresh, “Children’s Story” from Slick Rick,” “How Ya Like Me Now” from Kool Moe Dee, “Cha, Cha, Cha” from MC Lyte, “It Takes Two” from Rob Base, “O.P.P.” from Naughty By Nature, and “Just a Friend” from Biz Markie, audiences will be able to rhyme with their favorite rappers and relive it all up close and in person for one night. According to Salt-N-Pepa, The “Legends of Hip -Hop Tour” will be a night of non-stop music and nostalgia.
“We encounter so many people who said they long to hear and see us again in concert,” said Salt. “People really miss seeing us out there. They come up to us and mention that our music touched them, brings back so many great memories for them and helped them just see life differently.”
Salt-N-Pepa will headline and present the “Legends of Hip -Hop Tour.” Last year a smaller version of the tour saw unprecedented success. This time around, more dates have been added to the trek across the country and no expenses have been spared on the production value of the tour in an effort to give their fans more of what they miss from the “LIVE” music and rap scene.
“Last year, the response was incredible. From Atlanta to DC, we sold out each date,” said Pepa. “People really want to see us and we really wanted to make this happen for our fans. Also, the timing was just right and it just all came together perfectly.”
Now, on the 25th anniversary of Salt-N-Pepa’s first album release, 1986’s Hot, Cool, & Vicious, which featured the hit song, “Push It,”this tour has an extra special added value. Salt-N-Pepa are still at it a quarter of a century later introducing themselves to a new generation of fans and still making those that grew up listening to their music continue to feel the excitement and energy that only SNP can provide.
“We know that the tour happens to be occurring during a milestone in our musical career, but more importantly it gives us an opportunity to reconnect with our fans and our friends in the business,” said Salt. “When you have a chance to see people again that you’ve met along the way and hear their stories again, there’s nothing like it in the world.”
Outside of the realm of being legends of the hip hop game, Grammy Award winning group, Salt-N-Pepa can also be called “revolutionaries of rap” and “groundbreakers of the game.”. Not only using their mic as a means to make big beats and heads bob, but they also used it as means to get out messages of importance and relevance. From safe sex to independence and respecting yourself as a woman, Salt-N-Pepa saw the urgency and importance of empowering the female race and using their voices through the mic to influence millions with their music.
No matter what you call them, Salt-N-Pepa, along with the other artists on the tour revolutionized a people, changed a culture and totally revamped the way the world saw music forever. You can’t list or mention the top rap songs of all time without their hit songs showing up. And you can’t talk about music history without mentioning their names. Their contributions to a culture and to the world of hip hop has influenced the landscape and look of music as we know it today.
“Recently, we had the opportunity to see Justin Timberlake and Christina Aguilera at events where we were performing. One of the first things they said to us was ‘we are such big fans, we absolutely love you and your music,’ ” said Pepa. It just blows our mind when we see the impact that we’ve had throughout the years on such huge, well respected mega stars like them. It’s both humbling and an honor all at the same time. It just goes to show us that superstars appreciate our music and we have genuinely impacted and touched their lives and continue to touch the lives of millions of our fans.”
Salt-N-Pepa’s Legends of Hip-Hop Tour dates are as follows:
February 4th Cleveland Wolstein Center
February 5th Buffalo, TX Shea’s PAC
February 11th Miami, FL James L. Knight Center
February 12th New Orleans Lakefront Arena
February 13th Kansas City Municipal Auditorium
February 18th Philadelphia Liacouras Center
February 19th Baltimore 1st Mariner Arena
February 20th Newark PAC
February 25th Jacksonville, FL Coliseum
February 26th Washington, DC Constitution Hall
March 4th Columbia, SC Township Auditorium
March 5th Baton Rouge, LA Riverside Centroplex
March 11th Norfolk, VA Constant Conv. Ctr
March 12th St. Louis Chaifetz Arena
March 13th Memphis DeSoto Civic Center
March 18th Nashville Municipal Auditorium
March 19th Chicago Arie Crown Theater
March 25th Richmond, VA Coliseum
March 26th Dallas, TX Dallas Convention Center
April 2nd Atlanta Civic Center
*Cities and Dates are subject to change without notice.
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