The 25 Greatest Female Emcees
6. Salt-N-Pepa debuted with 1985's "The Show Stopper", a response record to Doug E. Fresh and Slick Rick's "The Show". The song helped the duo---Cheryl "Salt" James and Sandra "Pepa" Denton--- garner a record deal. Their 1986 platinum-selling debut album, Hot, Cool, & Vicious, propelled the pair to the forefront of mainstream, largely because of the single, "Push It", which became one of the first rap records to be nominated for a Grammy Award. Deedee Roper joined the group as "DJ Spinderella," in 1988, and as a trio, the group went on to release a string of hit albums, and won the Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group for "None of Your Business" in 1995.