Expression (song)

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Expression (album art).jpg
Single by Salt-n-Pepa
from the album Blacks' Magic
B-side "Clubhouse"
Released November 13, 1989
Format 12", Cassette, CD
Recorded 1989
Genre Hip hop
Length 4:04
Label Next Plateau
Writer(s) Cheryl "Salt" James
Producer(s) Cheryl "Salt" James
Salt-n-Pepa chronology
"Twist and Shout"

"Expression" is the lead single released from Salt-n-Pepa's third album, Blacks' Magic. The song was both written and produced by member Cheryl "Salt" James.

The song became the group's second single to reach the top 40 in the US, peaking at number 28 on the Billboard Hot 100 while also topping the Hot Rap Singles chart at number one, becoming their first song to do so. The single was certified gold by the RIAA on February 28, 1990 before reaching platinum status less than three months later on May 25.

Single track listing[edit]


  1. "Expression" – 4:04
  2. "Expression" (No Shorts mix) – 5:17
  3. "Expression" (Acappella) – 1:16


  1. "Expression" (Instrumental) – 4:04
  2. "Expression" (Bonus Beats) – 1:30
  3. "Clubhouse" (Vocal) – 5:29
  4. "Clubhouse" (Instrumental) – 5:29

Chart history[edit]

Chart (1990) Peak
Billboard Hot 100 26
Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks 8
Billboard Hot Rap Singles 1
Billboard Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales 6
Billboard Dance Music/Club Play Singles 32
United Kingdom (UK Singles Chart) 40

1992 Re-Release[edit]

"Expression" was re-released in 1992 as the first (and only) single from Salt n Pepa's remix album, Rapped in Remixes: The Greatest Hits Remixed. The song peaked at number 23 in Ireland and the United Kingdom, which is higher than the original 1989 release.

"Expression (Hard Ecu Edit)"
Single by Salt-n-Pepa
from the album Rapped in Remixes: The Greatest Hits Remixed
B-side Remix
Released 1992
Format Cassette, CD Single
Genre Hip hop, Electronic music
Length 3:59
Label Next Plateau
Writer(s) Cheryl "Salt" James
Salt-n-Pepa chronology
"You Showed Me"
"Start Me Up"

Track listing[edit]

CD Maxi [1]
  1. Expression (Hard Ecu Edit) - 3:59
  2. Expression (Hard Ecu Full Length) - 6:18
  3. Expression (House Mix) - 6:18
  4. Expression (Tear The Roof Off The Sucker) - 5:46

Chart performance[edit]

Country (1992) Peak
Ireland (IRMA)[2] 23
United Kingdom (Official Charts Company)[3] 23


  1. ^ "Expression Remixes". Retrieved 1 July 2015. 
  2. ^ "Shake Your Thang in Irish Chart". IRMA. Archived from the original on 3 June 2009. Retrieved 24 June 2015. 
  3. ^ "Salt-N-Pepa". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 24 June 2015.