Salt and Pepa still got it

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The Salt-N-Pepa Show (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I remember Salt and Pepa’s 1980s hit, “Push It,” and their hits “Shoop” and “Whatta Man (with En Vogue)” in the 1990s. They did those three songs and many more at their HUGE Buffalo Salt and Pepa concert on Thursday, August 16, 2012.

Salt and Pepa, without their DJ Spinderella, also did a mash-up of “I’ll Take Your Man/My Mic Sounds Nice,” “Shake Yo Thang,” and “Tramp.”

Salt and Pepa took the crowd on a trip down hip-hop memory lane, playing snippets of jams from old school artists like Montell Jordan and Naughty By Nature. The crowd had not just a good time, but a great time. Other big hits performed? “Express Yourself” and the crowd favorite, “Let’s Talk About Sex.”

Toward the end of the concert, Salt brought her buff husband, Gavin, up on stage, and Pepa brought Buffalo’s mayor, Byron Brown, on stage, for “Whatta Man.” Later, we got to see Salt’s son Chapele and Pepa’s daughter Egypt.

At the very end of the concert, they closed with Kirk Franklin/God’s Property’s late 1990s hit, “Stomp,” on which Salt raps about God. Salt preached to the crowd about not losing faith in God, forgiving one another, and caring for your family. It was the most positive hip-hop concert I’ve ever been to!

S-n-P’s concert was part of Buffalo’s Thursday At The Harbor free concert series held Thursday nights in the summer. Located at “Canalside,” in downtown Buffalo, the event takes place near the water’s edge– there were about 50 boats in the water–docked, floating or anchored– to catch the concert, and Lake Erie is just a stone’s throw away from the hot new gathering spot.

The Salt and Pepa concert was Thursday At The Harbor’s most crowded concert ever– so crowded, in fact, that security wouldn’t let any more people in, so literally thousands of people ended up hanging out on two main streets near the event in order to party and have a fun night outside. Overall, there were probably 15-16,000 people hanging out at the concert, and to me it was “Buffalo’s biggest block party!” My three friends and I were fortunate to be let in through a security gate, so I was able to get up close to the action. It was ear-splittingly loud “up front,” so eventually my friends and I settled in a good spot closer to the water “in the back,” where we still had a great view of the stage.

I was really excited to see The BoomWear Company caught a lot of the concert on video for you all to enjoy:

–Do you miss when hip-hop was fun and not so blah like it is now? Salt and Pepa are awesome– glad they’ve still got it! –Mark Weber

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