This Day in Hip Hop and Rap History
Host: Chuck D w/ Duke Eatmon & Ron Maskell
August 3rd, 2012
August 3rd – Salt ‘N’ Pepa DJ Spinderella was born Deidra Muriel Roper in Brooklyn, New York, on this day in 1971.
After Latoya Hanson, the original DJ Spinderella of Salt ‘N’ Pepa, missed some rehearsals and appearances, Roper auditioned for the group before Salt ‘N’ Pepa producer Herbie “Luv Bug” Azor, beating out future radio and television personality Wendy Williams in the process.
Spinderella recorded five hit albums with Salt ‘N’ Pepa, including platinum and gold hit singles.
Spinderella also produced some of the cuts on these albums as well.
Salt ‘N’ Pepa would go on to become one of the most successful hip-hop groups, male or female, of all time.
After Salt ‘N’ Pepa disbanded in 2002,
Spinderella worked as a radio personality on the now defunct radio station KKBT 100.3 FM in Los Angeles, California, co-hosting “The Back Spin”, a nationally syndicated weekly radio show specializing in early school hip-hop.
Spinderella now works for KSOC 94.5 FM in Dallas, Texas, also known as K-Soul.
Spinderella also appeared in several episodes of theVH1 reality series “The Salt ‘N’ Pepa Show.”
Spinderella reunited with Salt ‘N’ Pepa for the second VH1 Hip-Hop Honors on Sept 22nd 2005, marking the first time in seven years that the group performed together.
In 2007, she served as DJ for “The Comedy Central Roast Of Public Enemy’s Flavor Flav.”
Spinderella and Salt ‘N’ Pepa again reunited and performed their smash hits “Push It”, “Shoop” and “Whatta Man” at the 2008 BET Hip-Hop Awards.
Spinderella has also appeared in the films “Stay Tuned” and “Kazaam”, which starred NBA great Shaquille O’Neal.