Very Necessary

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All Music Guide - Jason Birchmeier
Salt-N-Pepa exhibited a lot of growth on Blacks' Magic 1990, their third album and, by far, best to date. For their follow-up, Very Necessary, released a long three and a half years later, in 1993, the ladies delivered a fairly similar album. Like its predecessor, Very Necessary boasts a pair of major hits "Whatta Man," "Shoop" and a lot of fine album tracks. Also like Blacks' Magic, Very Necessary is filled with strong, prideful rhetoric: femininity, sex, relationships, romance, respect, love -- these are the key topics, and they're a world apart from those of the gangsta rap that was so popular circa 1993. And as always, the productions are dance-oriented, with a ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jason Birchmeier
Salt-N-Pepa exhibited a lot of growth on Blacks' Magic 1990, their third album and, by far, best to date. For their follow-up, Very Necessary, released a long three and a half years later, in 1993, the ladies delivered a fairly similar album. Like its predecessor, Very Necessary boasts a pair of major hits "Whatta Man," "Shoop" and a lot of fine album tracks. Also like Blacks' Magic, Very Necessary is filled with strong, prideful rhetoric: femininity, sex, relationships, romance, respect, love -- these are the key topics, and they're a world apart from those of the gangsta rap that was so popular circa 1993. And as always, the productions are dance-oriented, with a contemporary R&B edge. Most tracks were produced by Hurby "Luvbug" Azor, though Salt is credited on a few, chief among them "Shoop." Very Necessary is just as impressive as Blacks' Magic, if not more so. The key difference is, Blacks' Magic was a striking leap forward for Salt-N-Pepa, who were somewhat of a novelty act up to that point, whereas Very Necessary is a consolidation of everything that had worked so well for the duo previously. Hence the lack of surprises here. Still, the raised expectations don't change the fact that Very Necessary is one of the standout -- and, for sure, one of the most refreshingly unique -- rap albums of its era.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/12/1993
  • Label: London / Umgd
  • UPC: 042282839220
  • Catalog Number: 828392
  • Sales rank: 8,875

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Groove Me (4:21)
  2. 2 No One Does It Better (3:53)
  3. 3 Somebody's Gettin' on My Nerves (3:57)
  4. 4 Whatta Man (5:07)
  5. 5 None of Your Business (3:32)
  6. 6 Step (3:10)
  7. 7 Shoop (4:07)
  8. 8 Heaven or Hell (4:43)
  9. 9 Big Shot (3:47)
  10. 10 Sexy Noises Turn Me On (3:54)
  11. 11 Somma Time Man (3:25)
  12. 12 Break of Dawn (3:45)
  13. 13 I've Got AIDS (PSA) (3:18)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Salt-N-Pepa Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist
En Vogue Background Vocals
Alton "Wokie" Stewart Background Vocals
Hurby "Luv Bug" Azor Vocals
Khadejia Bass Background Vocals
Al (Taz) Machera Vocals
Avon Marshall Keyboards, Background Vocals
Anthony Williams Vocals
Day Ta Day Background Vocals
Omega Background Vocals
Steve Azor Background Vocals
Mecko Whip Vocals, Background Vocals
Three Feet Background Vocals
Joyce Martin Vocals
Technical Credits
Salt-N-Pepa Executive Producer
Santiago Contributor
Dae Bennett Engineer
Andre Debourg Engineer
Sandy "Pepa" Denton Producer
Hurby "Luv Bug" Azor Composer, Producer, Executive Producer
Ike Turner Composer
Khadejia Bass Vocal Arrangements
Al (Taz) Machera Engineer, Remixing
Herb Powers Mastering
Tommy Shannon Producer
Mark Sparks Producer
Eddie OLoughlin Concept
Steve Azor Producer
Kimiko Whittaker Vocal Arrangements
Spinderella Producer
DJ Wynn Producer
Otwane Roberts Composer
Cheryl "Salt" James Composer, Producer, Remixing
Keith Jordan Contributor
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Sub Par Album at best

    Very Necessary has the two great hits (Shoop), and (Whatta Man), along with a very good track titled (Break of Dawn). However, as a whole, the album is weak. It did get great reviews and get platinum; however, I find it necessary to do a lot of fast fowarding as many of the tracks are weak, and not that easy to listen to. With that said, I still give this a conditional recommendation: if you really want the few good tracks on Very Necessary (namely: Shoop, Whatta Man, and Break of Dawn), then buy it. Else, find the singles to these songs and save your money!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome CD

    I love this CD! This CD rocks! If you like Salt N' Peppa, you have got to have this one. It is a must. The music is just great!!!!!

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