One third of the legendary hip hop group Salt-N-Pepa, Salt, appeared on 93.5 KDay where she spoke about Tupac dedicating a classic hip hop song to her daughter.
Debuting in the mid-eighties, hip hop’s female group would reach incredible heights on their fourth studio album. Released in 1993, ‘Very Necessary’ featured the hit single ‘Whatta Man,’ in collaboration with singing group En Vogue. The single was a huge success peaking at number three on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.
The single was accompanied by a music video which won an MTV video music award for best dance video, best r&b video, and best choreography. The video also featured a cameo appearance from another hip hop star in Tupac Shakur.
Hand picked by Salt, the video was “steamy” as recalled by the female rapper on 93.5 KDay. “Tupac, that guy was just so prolific. Like all eyes on me was a real thing. He’s in the room, you’re not listening or paying attention to anybody else but him, cause he had that dynamic energy,” said Salt.
Tupac’s face was not visible in the music video, which was done purposely by Salt-N-Pepa’s record label. Treach of Naughty By Nature who was also on set with Tupac, spoke with Peter Rosenberg of Hot 97 this past Summer, explaining why Tupac’ face was not shown in the music video.
“It was crazy because, if you look closely to the video, of course I was with Pepa. Tupac was with Salt,” Treach explained. “The original one they had, they kind of cut his face, cause at the same time he was going through that bogus case, sexual assault charge. He had a side view. All the fans knew it was him. His full face wasn’t seen as it was in the original.” Watch: Treach On Why Tupac’s Face Was Covered For “Whatta Man” Music Video
Salt would also touch on Tupac’s dedication to her daughter. “One day he calls me and is like, ‘Listen to ‘Keep Ya Head Up.’ I dedicated the song to your daughter Corin.’ And I was like that I was usually to me. He met her a couple of times,” Salt recalled. “I was like wow, well thanks bro.”