Salt-N-Pepa: Our Life in 15 Songs

The hip-hop pioneers tell the stories behind "Push It," "Shoop," Whatta Man" and more

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"I'll Take Your Man" (1986)

Pepa: That was Hurby, definitely. He was a great writer. He wrote well for girls [laughs]. I do like performing "I'll Take Your Man," because that was a hard song. And that was [a] very bold, in-your-face song. And, you know, I was in the streets. I wasn't from the streets, but I was in the streets. I had a good family, nice home, you know, I can't say I grew up with nothing … but I chose to hang in the streets. So for me, that was like, street credibility.

Salt: It was actually more my speed, to tell you the truth. Because, you know [laughs], I was pretty ghetto back then. My kids say I still am, but I think I'm very refined, myself. … By the time it was time to record "I'll Take Your Man," I had found my voice, we had found our voice, and was way more confident. 

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