DJ Spinderella on Finding Her Voice: I Feel Reborn

by Yah Yah

DJ Spinderella and her past issues with female rap group Salt-N-Pepa are well documented.

During the Salt-N-Pepa’s lengthy run, it appeared that Spinderella was comfortable as the group’s near-silent DJ — but recent interviews from the former group member have revealed afar gloomier perspective.

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According to Spinderella, bandmates Sandra “Pepa” Denton and Cheryl “Salt” James allegedly treated her poorly and withheld royalties she was owed. Tired of the false narrative, Spinderella spoke out against the group after they fired her, and sued them for the money she says she is owed.

To put the frosting on the cake, Spinderella says she was fired from Salt-N-Pepa over email.

The legacy of the group may indeed be tarnished by the allegations of greed and internal fighting, Spinderalla is feeling more empowered by the day. She says that her decision to speak out finally made her feel “reborn.”

“Playing that role. That was the role. A DJ stands behind. Not all DJs. Some DJs are very outspoken. But I did what I was supposed to, what I was told to do. And I thought I did it very well. I’m a team player,” she told Claudia Jordan.

“I know that there’s different parts to the whole and each part plays a role in making it what it is. Some people can take advantage of that. Because you’re not the one who’s outspoken, that’s power for them, a sign of weakness. When you don’t see someone that works, that does the same thing that you’re doing as an equal, and you treat them as such — I woke up to that. I woke up to that and said no more,” she said.

“When you speak about what was my issue, it was a voice thing. It was stuck. But I know I had to get away from that. And it feels really good. It feels like I’m reborn.”

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