Spinderella Says Salt-N-Pepa Terminated Her From Performing W/ Group
Spinderella says she’s been terminated from performing with Salt-N-Pepa.
The well-known DJ shared the news on social media, explaining that she was terminated via email and will not perform with them on the NKOTB tour. She writes,
“I’m deeply saddened to share with all the #SaltnPepa and #Spinderella fans that I will not be performing on the #NKOTB Mixtape Tour. Despite my participation in promoting the tour and being highly publicized as one of the acts, in January 2019 I received a ‘termination’ email from #SaltnPepa excluding me from performances with the group. It was my expectation, after making that decision, that they would also take responsibility for sharing the news with the public and other affected parties.
It has been months now with no mention. Out of love for my fans and a commitment to upholding a standard of professionalism, I’ve taken it upon myself to let everyone know. I refuse to participate in misleading fans, ticketholders, and others who — based on all the advertising — were anticipating seeing the iconic #SaltnPepa and #Spinderella trio. So, I’m making it clear now. Please know you will have the opportunity to see me this summer in many other projects and activities I’ll be participating in and I look forward to seeing you all then.” Thank you,
Spinderella was introduced to Salt-N-Pepa producer Hurby Azor just before the group were due to appear at the Westchester Music Festival in late–1986. The group’s original DJ, Latoya Hanson, had missed several rehearsals and group appearances, and the group was actively looking for a replacement.
Before auditioning Roper, Salt-n-Pepa had offered the spot to then-unknown radio and TV personality Wendy Williams. Roper was selected as the group’s DJ, taking the name Spinderella, around the time the group’s first album was being released.
Since she was sixteen at the time of joining, Ropers’ parents had to give permission for Roper to travel around the country. The trio would go on to become one of the most successful female hip-hop acts of all time. They released five studio albums and saw several platinum and gold singles. Spinderella has also produced several songs on the group’s albums.
Salt-N-Pepa have yet to respond to Spinderella’s statement.