Hot, Cool & Vicious

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Hot, Cool & Vicious
Salt-n-Pepa - Hot, Cool & Vicious cover.png
Studio album by
ReleasedDecember 8, 1986
RecordedOctober 1985 – August 1986
GenreHip hop
LabelNew Plateau
ProducerHurby "Luv Bug" Azor, Stephen Keitt
Salt-n-Pepa chronology
Hot, Cool & Vicious
A Salt with a Deadly Pepa
Singles from Hot, Cool & Vicious
  1. "Push It"
    Released: March 8, 1987 (1987-03-08)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3.0/5 stars [1]
Robert ChristgauA–[2]

Hot, Cool, & Vicious is the 1986 debut album by American rap group Salt'n Pepa. Released by Next Plateau Records on December 8, 1986, it was one of the first albums to be released by an all-female rap group. Hot, Cool, & Vicious also became the first album by a female rap group act to attain gold and platinum status in America.

The album features the songs "The Show Stoppa (Is Stupid Fresh)" and "I'll Take Your Man", recorded and released prior to the full album's release. It also includes R&B radio favorites "Tramp" and "My Mic Sound Nice", but it was after the 1987 addition of the hip-hop single "Push It" (US #19, UK #2), along with the replacement of two other tracks with remixed versions, that the album was propelled to gold, then platinum status in America. The single itself was also certified platinum. In 1998, Hot, Cool, & Vicious was listed in The Source's 100 Best Rap Albums. According to Salt-n-Pepa, they provided some additional uncredited lyrics to the album.[clarification needed]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Push It" (Remix) (Hurby Azor) – 4:26
  2. "Beauty and the Beat" (Azor) – 4:39
  3. "Tramp" (Lowell Fulson, Jimmy McCracklin, Azor) – 3:30
  4. "I'll Take Your Man" (George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, Bernie Worrell, Azor) – 6:22
  5. "It's Alright" (Azor) – 3:15
  6. "Chick on the Side" (How Long (Betcha' Got a Chick on the Side) Remix) (Anita Pointer, Bonnie Pointer, June Pointer, Ruth Pointer, David Rubinson, Azor) – 4:54
  7. "I Desire" (Azor, Nathaniel Wilson) – 3:16
  8. "The Show Stoppa (Is Stupid Fresh)" (Azor) – 6:22
  9. "My Mic Sound Nice" (Azor) – 4:52
  • Note: "Push It (Remix)," was not part of the original track listing of the 1986 release of Hot, Cool & Vicious, which also included the original unedited and unremixed versions of "Tramp" and "Chick On The Side." The original version of "Push It" was recorded in 1987 and added to later pressings of the album.


Chick on the Side

Beauty and the Beat

I Desire

I'll Take Your Man

My Mic Sounds Nice

Push It



  1. ^ Huey, Steve. "Salt-N-Pepa: Hot, Cool & Vicious" at AllMusic. Retrieved 29 August 2011.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (June 2, 1987). "Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. New York. Retrieved 2012-08-11.

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