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  1. Salt-N-PepaSalt-N-Pepa

    Cheryl 'Salt' James Wray was from Brooklyn. Sandy 'Pepa' Denton was from Queens (having moved as a kid from Kingston, Jamaica). They were two nursing students at Queensborough Community College when they met and began rapping together. In 1986, Salt-N-Pepa was born. They debuted that year with Hot, Cool, & Vicious, which included the break-out hit "Push It." The song went Top 20, snagged a Grammy nomination, and helped the album go platinum. In 1990, Salt-N-Pepa produced their own album, Black's' Magic, with hits such as "Expression," "Do You Want Me," and "Let's Talk About Sex." Then in 1993 Salt-N-Pepa kicked things into high gear with their fourth album, Very Necessary, their hugest record to date. It produced mega-hits like "Shoop," "Whatta Man," and "None Of Your Business" and went four times platinum in the U.S. at its time of release. Salt-N-Pepa also won the Grammy for Best Rap Performance in 1995 for "None of Your Business," making them the first female rap Grammy winners. The two both made their acting debuts in the movie Stay Tuned (1992). Cheryl also made guest appearances, some with Salt-N-Pepa, on shows like Ricki Lake (1993) and Hollywood Squares (1998). In 2002 after a 17-year run, Cheryl left the group and Salt-N-Pepa disbanded. She became a Christian and currently lives on Long Island with her husband, Gavin, and their two children, Corrin and Chapele. Sandy had her first child, Tyran, in 1990. In 1999, she married longtime boyfriend Anthony "Treach" Criss of Naughty by Nature, and the two had a daughter, Egypt. They divorced in 2001. After Salt-N-Pepa broke up, Sandy turned to acting, with credits such as Joe's Apartment (1996), and a stint as Officer Andrea Phelan on the HBO drama Oz beginning in 2000. In 2005, she became a cast member of VH1's The Surreal Life (season 5). She also starred on The Surreal Life: Fame Games (2007).