Legendary Hip Hop girl group Salt-N-Pepa reveal why shots of Tupac were cut from their “Whatta Man” music video.
Cheryl James and Sandra Denton, better known as Salt-N-Pepa, formed in 1985, releasing their debut album “Hot, Cool, & Vicious” a year later. The success of the album’s single, “Push It”, certainly helped Salt-N-Pepa become the first female rap act to go platinum.
Meeting Tupac through mutual friend Treach from Naughty By Nature, Salt-N-Pepa struck up a good friendship. However, as a result of Shakur’s sexual assault charges and his shooting of two off duty police officers, the record label panicked.
This controversy consequently led to his scenes cut from Salt-N-Pepa’s “Whatta Man” video. In the video, viewers see Salt and Tupac in a bedroom scene at 1 minute 6 seconds and again at 3 minutes 16 seconds but never see his face. “His reputation was the whole reason,” Salt explained during an interview with Rock the Bells. “I hate that when I watch the video, it really bothers me.”
“The record company all panicked and only kept shots where you can’t see him,” added Pepa. “There were some great Tupac shots. And Salt always kicks herself. You can’t fight the record company.”
But, on a positive note, Tupac’s cameo still left a good impression. “Being around him, that guy had charisma. He was the most amazing person that walked in the room. When he walked into a room, it was truly all eyes on him,” Salt said.
Furthermore, they expand on the aftermath of making history as the first female Hip Hop artists to take home a Grammy award. In 1995, Salt-N-Pepa won Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group for their hit “None of Your Business”. As a way of congratulating them, Tupac sent a gun-shaped cake to their dressing room.
Remembering back to that time, Salt says she understood Tupac’s personality. “When we won the Grammy, Tupac sent Salt-N-Pepa a cake in the shape of a gun as a congratulations. We were like, ‘What is that about?’ It was just his way. He was always in his own zone.”