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Salt-N-Pepa – Very Necessary (1993/2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Salt-N-Pepa – Very Necessary (1993/2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 51:06 minutes | 2,22 GB | Genre: R&B, Soul, Funk
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Mercury Records

Very Necessary is the fourth studio album by American hip hop girl group Salt-N-Pepa. It was released on October 12, 1993, by Next Plateau Records and London Records. The album spawned four singles, including “Shoop” (their first top-five single on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number four), “Whatta Man” (featuring En Vogue, their highest-peaking single at number three), and “None of Your Business”, which would earn the group their first Grammy Award, in the category Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group.

Very Necessary peaked at number four on the Billboard 200, and has been certified five-times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), denoting sales in excess of five million copies in the United States.

Salt-N-Pepa exhibited a lot of growth on Blacks’ Magic (1990), their third album and, by far, best to date. For their follow-up, Very Necessary, released a long three and a half years later, in 1993, the ladies delivered a fairly similar album. Like its predecessor, Very Necessary boasts a pair of major hits (“Whatta Man,” “Shoop”) and a lot of fine album tracks. Also like Blacks’ Magic, Very Necessary is filled with strong, prideful rhetoric: femininity, sex, relationships, romance, respect, love — these are the key topics, and they’re a world apart from those of the gangsta rap that was so popular circa 1993. And as always, the productions are dance-oriented, with a contemporary R&B edge. Most tracks were produced by Hurby “Luvbug” Azor, though Salt is credited on a few, chief among them “Shoop.” Very Necessary is just as impressive as Blacks’ Magic, if not more so. The key difference is, Blacks’ Magic was a striking leap forward for Salt-N-Pepa, who were somewhat of a novelty act up to that point, whereas Very Necessary is a consolidation of everything that had worked so well for the duo previously. Hence the lack of surprises here. Still, the raised expectations don’t change the fact that Very Necessary is one of the standout — and, for sure, one of the most refreshingly unique — rap albums of its era. © Jason Birchmeier


1. Salt-N-Pepa – Groove Me
2. Salt-N-Pepa – No One Does It Better
3. Salt-N-Pepa – Somebody’s Gettin’ On My Nerves
4. Salt-N-Pepa – Whatta Man
5. Salt-N-Pepa – None Of Your Business
6. Salt-N-Pepa – Step
7. Salt-N-Pepa – Shoop
8. Salt-N-Pepa – Heaven Or Hell
9. Salt-N-Pepa – Big Shot
10. Salt-N-Pepa – Sexy Noises Turn Me On
11. Salt-N-Pepa – Somma Time Man
12. Salt-N-Pepa – Break Of Dawn
13. Salt-N-Pepa – I’ve Got AIDS


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