In mid–1985, Brooklyn–native Cheryl James met Queens–native Jamaican rapper Sandra Denton, both studying nursing at Queensborough Community College.
The pair became close friends and co–workers at Sears.
A greatest hits album called A Blitz of Salt-N-Pepa Hits, featuring some remixed versions of songs from the group's first three albums was subsequently released.
Salt-N-Pepa's fourth studio album Very Necessary was released in October 1993 on London Records/Polygram.
With lots of concerns about sexist lyrics and video clips that objectified women's bodies in hip hop music, many feminists disliked rap and hip-hop music because of its bad portrayal of women. They were scantily clad in sexy clothing and were not afraid to talk about sex and their thoughts about men. With the success of Showstopper, the group's name was changed to Salt-N-Pepa (which they had called themselves in the first verse of the song) and they signed to the independent Next Plateau Records to record a full-length album.
Years later, the women would have legal issues with Azor as they accused him of paying unfair royalties.
The album was certified gold in the US for sales of over 500,000 and sold approximately another 200,000 worldwide.
Although not as big a seller as its predecessor, it kept intact an unbroken string of platinum and gold studio albums by the trio. Pepa married Treach of Naughty by Nature on July 27.
The finished recording garnered some airplay on a New York City rap radio program. In September 1985, The group signed to Next Plateau Records, adopted the stage name Salt 'N' Pepa and later released their debut album "Hot, Cool and Vicious" in December 1986.
However, Red Ant filed for bankruptcy soon afterwards, halting promotion on all its releases, including Salt-N-Pepa's album.
The group toured in support of the album, but without any promotion or marketing from the now-defunct Red Ant, they only scored minor hits with "R U Ready" and "Gitty Up".
The trio also left London Records after one album and signed with Red Ant Records, though still distributed by Polygram Records through its Island Records label.
Red Ant offered the trio a million signing bonus to sign with them.