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11.06.07 07:50 PM

Salt N Pepa's Here and on VH1

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I wouldn't say that I'm addicted to The Salt-N-Pepa show on VH1, though I do have my DVR set to tape every episode. What's been interesting about VH1 and its reality shows has been the ability to cast artists (music, film, TV) from a time not so long ago, that resonates (and deeply I might add) with the 30 and over set.

For years, it's been no secret that VH1 is like MTV's older sibling, but it wasn't until recently that I really realized that Viacom had gotten this concept right. Though I'm still unclear where Gotti's Way fits into the scheme of things. Coverage of his legal woes notwithstanding, I do believe that Flavor Flav, Salt-N-Pepa, Bret Michael, Scott Baio, Hulk Hogan, and Christopher Knight all carry much more cultural cachet than Irv Gotti. People know who Ja Rule is, but Irv Gotti, uh, not so much. And if 50 Cent's trip to Estonia (recorded for the MTV Life & Rhymes show) showed us anything, it was that even Ja Rule isn't even all that globally known.

Anyway, as far as last night's episode of Salt N Pepa, well, I am starting to wonder what Spinderella's purpose really is. How she compared herself to Jam Master Jay was very off base. How can you compare those two extremely different levels of contribution? Should Spin return for another episode, I guess we'll see how that all plays out.

[Salt-N-Pepa Image: Photographs from "The Breaks: Stylin' and Profilin' 1982-1990" by Janette Beckman (Photo Gallery on RollingStone.com)]

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