It's hard to believe that there wasn't a U.S.-released Salt-N-Pepa
best-of until the trio got its entry in the 20th Century Masters
series. (A Blitz of Salt-N-Pepa Hits: The Hits Remixed
does not count, and 2000s The Best of Salt-N-Pepa
wasn't distributed in the States.) Released in 2008, this disc doesn't contain anything from Salt-N-Pepa
's last album, 1997's Brand New
, but it features almost every significant single from their first four. That said, two of the best tracks from Blacks' Magic
, "You Showed Me" and "Do You Want Me" (a number seven rap single that seemed nearly as ubiquitous as "Push It" for a couple months during 1991), are missing -- bound to be an issue for some. Do give the compilers some credit for tapping "My Mic Sounds Nice."