A Salt-N-Pepa Hip-Hop Feminism Syllabus

Ahead of Lifetime’s biopic on the legendary rap group, we pulled this list together. Dig in.

Rappers Salt-N-Pepa and their DJ Spinderella pose for a portrait in 1988. Photo: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images


Let’s Talk About Pep (2008)

When Chickenheads Come Home to Roost: A Hip-Hop Feminist Breaks it Down (1999)

The Crunk Feminist Collection (2017)

Bad Feminist (2014)

God Save the Queens: The Essential History of Women in Hip-Hop (2019)


Hot, Cool & Vicious

“Spinderella’s Not a Fella (But a Girl DJ)”

“Shoop” and “Whatta Man”

“Let’s Talk About Sex”

“None of Your Business”

“I’ve Got AIDS (a PSA)”


Recording artists Sandra Denton, DJ Spinderella and Cheryl James of musical group Salt-N-Pepa pose in the Press Room during the 2018 Billboard Music Awards 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo: LISA O’CONNOR/AFP via Getty Images


It’s A Long Story: “Joan Morgan, Hip hop from a Black feminist perspective

Unladylike: How to Be Da Baddest Bitch in Hip-Hop

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