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Pepa of Salt N’ Pepa Speaks On Nicki Minaj


“Not everyone’s role model material but we do have a sense of responsibility because kids listen more to us than they would their parents…”

Sandy “Pepa” Denton of the legendary rap group Salt N’ Pepa is sharing her thoughts on Young Money’s Harajuku Barbie Nicki Minaj.

The veteran emcee turned reality show star says she can relate to the position Nicki’s in now as she tries to balance her racy sex appeal with her newly crowned position as a role model.
As previously reported, Onika was quoted telling Baby of Cash Money Records that she feels “guilty” about children that might be influenced by her overtly sexual image and lyrics.

Pepa says she knows exactly where she’s coming from and relates her days on tour to Nicki’s current dilemma.

She tells VIBE,

“[Salt-n-Pepa are] old in the game, we started out a little raw, so after a little while I’ve learned and changed because my audience changed. Kids started coming to my concert and I realized that I had sense of responsibility. I was cursing in my shows, and then I started seeing little kids and was like, ‘Oh what are they doing here?’ And after a while I had to stop, I didn’t feel right.”

Denton also says that she’s constantly asked her opinion on the openly bisexual emcee. She tells VIBE that she reminds her of the Queen Bee but thinks Nicki’s uncertain about her message.

“She reminds me of [Lil’ Kim]. Bold and you know… she’s young. And a lot of people are like ‘Oh what do you feel about her because of the message?’, but to me she hasn’t learned the message yet.”

She continues further saying that she thinks the influence of her predominantly male counterparts in Young Money have shaped her risqué persona. According to Pep not everyone’s qualified to be a role model but they should still be mindful of their influence on children.

“Not everyone’s role model material, but we do have a sense of responsibility because kids listen more to us than they would their parents. But [Nicki’s] young, so how’s she gonna enlighten?’ She’s new, she’s excited and what happens when you have a male camp backing you? Yeah, you might be singing those kinds of lyrics. That’s what happens when you have a male camp dictating how you should be.”

Pep made sure to add however that she has no problem with Minaj and tells VIBE that she admires her style and attitude.

“I’m not mad at Nicki. I think she’s talented. I love her style. She has a lot of attitude, she has a lot of things she wants to express so I wouldn’t be mad at that. I was there at that age, so I don’t expect her to be like ‘Oh let me start being this way.’ This is what she’s feelin’.”

Nicki’s still got everyone talking…..check out Pepa’s interview with VIBE here.

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  • Karla

    Everyone is not role model material…TRUE THAT!

  • prichard

    I think she is just seeing what comes along with being a superstar. Niki cannot let things get in the way of being creative. Let the parents decide what their kids should listen, to. Niki is top shelf Young Money!

  • copper-coins

    Does He-Man remember “Herbie Luv Bug” set the image they had? Can old ratpper let these people have their turn. It aint the 80’s no’more. The new school should ignore the hell outta the old rappers and make money. Stop with the negatives and just fall back.

    • Coleman One

      You have to know where you come from (old rappers) to know where you going (new rappers)…learn now so you don’t fall later. Its history…if you don’t know the past you bound to never change the future. I feel Pep

  • hershey

    @cooper-coins, Pep didn’t say anything negative about her. She said she can relate….she’s been there. You all are on Nicki **** so hard you ready to attack any and everybody! lmao

  • copper-coins

    Whoe Nelly, I dont care about NM Im on old heads trying to get back with that dumb talk. Salt already told her to hang it up on the show they were on. Read between the lines, she was doin all the stuff she talking about. Now she got a show and she still aint a role model. Its not about no-one esle, its about roaches crawling back outta cracks for scraps.

  • MsJae

    ok so bottom line is niki minaj is garbage she gon need more then p diddy aka steal yo money to help her career…and y would anybody want diddy to manage them???look at what happened to his other artists…even if she was to change her message or whatever the hell shes tryin to do she still would be irrelevant…she waitin on weezy to get out to write her songs anyway

  • Charm

    Point is NM is in a role model position.. Little girls will look at her and want to be like her. Pep didnt say anything bad shes just being real. Me personally I have a 12 year old and she cannot listen to NM. Parents do your part cause she is an entertainer and thats what she will continue to do….

  • Philly

    Basically I can say this – Pepa is right and I know where she is coming from. But what Nicki doesn’t understand is that she has just started experiencing the hip hop culture and she ain’t ain’t even half way there to understand what Pepa has got to say! I’m for real man. But I think that Pepa should just back off and let Nicki do her thang because there was no one back in Salt-N-Pepa’s “hay days” to tell them off in what to do!

    Anyone down with me?

  • I dont have noting to say to bad or about nicki minaj i been waiting 4 her to reply back ..


  • She just sayin that every person has a responsibility as a role model.. im 26 and i DJ a lot of events where i refuse to play cussing music because it is kids in the room. If people dont start trying to be a role model now who are kids going to be able to look up to??

  • Misscharlie

    everyone has an something wrong too say about nicki, she must be doin something right.
    keep up the good work HB.
    I love u Misscharlie

  • An im really not tryna start nun wit any1 i was jus sayin from my point of view….