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Very Necessary
     

Very Necessary

3.5 2
by Salt-N-Pepa
 
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

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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/12/1993
Label:
London / Umgd
UPC:
0042282839220
catalogNumber:
828392
Rank:
4856

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Salt-N-Pepa   Primary Artist
En Vogue   Background Vocals
Alton "Wokie" Stewart   Background Vocals
Hurby "Luv Bug" Azor   Vocals
Khadejia Bass   Background Vocals
(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
(Taz) Machera   Engineer,Remixing
Tommy Shannon   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
Marks Sparks   Producer

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Very Necessary 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!!!!