Throughout music history, women in the music industry have shared their experiences on how the industry has influenced their decision-making. More seriously, these decisions have included body altering such as Brazilian Butt Lifts, skin alterations, and even abortions. Cheryl James, also known as Salt of the legendary rap group, Salt-N-Peppa, recently got candid in an interview about her experiences as a member of the music industry. Cheryl James is interviewed with her groupmate in the emotional discussion.
In a sneak preview posted on youtube, the rap duo sat down with popular Tv-Talk Show Host, Tamron Hall, to discuss the truths and misconceptions women face in the music industry. The topic of motherhood lead Cheryl James to reveal the pressure she faced to get an abortion by someone she decided not to name. “I won’t say by who — but to your point, yeah, you just have to know that it’s something that you’re capable of handling if you want a kid and you want to have a career. And it’s definitely harder,” she said. Cheryl also took the moment to express how her having her child ultimately changed her life. “Like, I needed that lil’ baby in my life, you know?” she said. Additionally, she explained how her child was the “best thing” she has done.
Salt- N- Peppa Get Candid with Tamron Hall
Moreover, Salt-N-Peppa has broken barriers for women in Hip Hop. Their 1986 debut, Hot, Cool, Vicious sold over a million copies following its release. The album includes their most popular single ” Push It”. The song “Push It” has since become a pop culture phenomenon as it has been featured in films and commercials. The song is also platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. Additionally, they won a Grammy at the 39th edition of the Grammy Awards.
Furthermore, Salt-N Peppa’s career has inspired women to enter the industry on their own terms. Tamron celebrated the duo by noting that they have achieved a successful career while balancing motherhood. In February, they appeared on the Grammys to celebrate 50 years of Hip-Hop. They have earned a successful career as one of the notable founding faces of women in hip-hop.