Salt n Pepa
Thursday, August 15
“The Showstopper is stupid fresh, when will you be satisfied?” These are the first words of the first track released by one of the world’s first all female rap groups, Salt n Pepa. “Show Stopper” was stupidly fresh when it was released, but that was in the late 1980s when the idea of women rappers was still a novelty. Now female MCs are at the top of the rap game running the show, but their debt is to people like Cheryl “Salt” James, Sandra “Pepa” Denton, and Diedra Roper aka DJ Spinderella. After disbanding in 1999 the group reformed six years later during VH1’s annual Hip Hop Honors event where the trio performed “Whatta Man” with R&B group En Vogue, a group they helped to pave the way for. The grammy award winning ladies of Salt n Pepa will come to Buffalo to perform a free concert at the Erie Harbor Central Wharf with local hip hop star Chae Hawk next Thursday (Aug 16). Hawk has been on a journey of his own that will culminate with the release of his epic debut record Dance Party For The Heavy Hearted this fall. With his protégé, beat maker, and partner Grabbitz the rapper has formed a dynamic live show that combines bass music, and rap. They’ll be unveiling some songs straight from the album when they open the show on Thursday. Chae Hawk’s Team Radio will also present a special after party at Soundlab beginning at 9pm. —cory perla
5pm Erie Canal Harbor Central Wharf. (buffaloplace.com/thursday). free.