Let's Talk About Sex

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"Let's Talk About Sex"
Single by Salt-N-Pepa
from the album Blacks' Magic
B-side Remix
Released August 27, 1991
Format 7" single, CD single, CD maxi, audio cassette
Recorded 1990
Genre Hip-hop
Length 3:33
Label Next Plateau Records
Writer(s) Fingerprints, Al Bell
Certification Gold (RIAA)
Salt-N-Pepa singles chronology
"Do You Want Me"
(1990)
"Let's Talk About Sex"
(1991)
"You Showed Me"
(1992)

"Let's Talk About Sex" is a song released by the American hip-hop trio Salt-n-Pepa. It was released as a single from their Blacks' Magic album in 1991, and achieved great success in many countries, including Australia, Austria, Germany, and Switzerland where it was a number-one hit.

Lyrics and music video[edit]

The song talks about safe sex, the positive and negative sides of sex and the censorship that sex had around that time in American mainstream media. The song was later included in the trio's Greatest Hits (2000) album. It samples "I'll Take You There" by the Staple Singers. An alternate version of the song entitled "Let's Talk About AIDS" was released to radio on a promotional single and included as a b-side on various singles for the song. The lyrics were changed to more directly address the spread of AIDS and HIV.

The music video for "Let's Talk About Sex" directed by Millicent Shelton starts in a black-and-white scene with a girl turning on a radio and listening to the song. Then she starts kissing her boyfriend and scenes of Salt-N-Pepa and other couples kissing and hugging are shown. Next the video colorizes when Salt-N-Pepa are shown dancing. Another version of the video has a scene in which a skeleton is shown after the word 'AIDS' with a stamp written 'censored' in his mouth.

Cover versions[edit]

Chart performances and awards[edit]

The song was certified gold by the RIAA and peaked at No. 13 at the Billboard Hot 100 chart. In the purely sales-based UK Singles Chart, the song hit No. 2, and in the German singles chart, the song hit No. 1, the first original song by an American hip-hop act to achieve that feat. It also hit No. 1 in the Australian ARIA Singles Chart.

In 1992, the song was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group.

Track listings[edit]

7" Single
  1. "Let's Talk About Sex!" (True Confessions Edit) — 3:32
  2. "Let's Talk About Sex!" (Super Crispy Mix)
CD Maxi
  1. "Let's Talk About Sex!" (True Confessions Edit) — 3:32
  2. "Let's Talk About Sex!" (Original Recipe Mix) — 4:42
  3. "Let's Talk About Sex!" (Super Crispy) — 4:39
  4. "Do You Want Me" (Techno Philly Mix) — 6:31

Charts and certifications[edit]

Chart successions[edit]

Preceded by
"James Brown Is Dead" by L.A. Style
Dutch Top 40 number-one single
November 9, 1991 – November 23, 1991 (3 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Kon ik maar even bij je zijn" by Gordon
Preceded by
"(Everything I Do) I Do It for You" by Bryan Adams
Austrian number-one single
November 10, 1991 – February 9, 1992 (13 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Justified & Ancient" by The KLF
German number one single
November 15, 1991 – January 17, 1992 (10 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Das Boot" by U96
Preceded by
"Black or White" by Michael Jackson
Swiss number one single
January 19, 1992 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me"
by Elton John and George Michael
Australian ARIA Singles Chart number-one single
January 25, 1992 – February 15, 1992 (4 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Love You Right" by Euphoria

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Max Raabe und Palast Orchester - News, Bilder, Konzerte und Videos 2013 - Neuigkeiten
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Let's Talk About Sex", in various singles charts Hitparade.ch (Retrieved January 11, 2008)
  3. ^ a b "Single top 100 over 1991" (pdf) (in Dutch). Top40. Retrieved 13 April 2010. 
  4. ^ German Singles Chart Charts-surfer.de (Retrieved August 20, 2008)
  5. ^ Irish Singles Chart Irishcharts.ie (Retrieved August 20, 2008)
  6. ^ UK Singles Chart Chartstats.com (Retrieved August 20, 2008)
  7. ^ a b c d Billboard Allmusic.com (Retrieved August 20, 2008)
  8. ^ 1992 Australian Singles Chart aria.com (Retrieved August 20, 2008)
  9. ^ 1992 Austrian Singles Chart Austriancharts.at (Retrieved August 20, 2008)
  10. ^ 1992 Swiss Singles Chart Hitparade.ch (Retrieved August 20, 2008)
  11. ^ Austrian certifications ifpi.at (Retrieved August 20, 2008)
  12. ^ UK certifications Bpi.co.uk (Retrieved August 20, 2008)
  13. ^ U.S. certifications riaa.com (Retrieved August 20, 2008)

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