"Let's Talk About Sex" is a song by Americanhip-hop trio Salt-n-Pepa. It was released in August 1991 as a single from their Blacks' Magicalbum, and achieved great success in many countries, including Australia, Austria, Germany, The Netherlands, Portugal, Switzerland and Zimbabwe where it was a number-one hit.
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 saying 'censored' in its mouth.
The song was featured in the riff-off scene in the 2012 film Pitch Perfect. It was also song by a choir of seniors in the 2012 film Song for Marion, released in the United States as Unfinished Song.
The EDM groups Cheat Codes and Kris Kross Amsterdam re-use the song's chorus in their 2016 single, "Sex". This song, however, takes a more pro-sex R&B approach to the theme than the original, with new verses and dance-focused production.