Very Necessary

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Very Necessary
Salt-N-Pepa-Very Necessary (album cover).jpg
Studio album by Salt-n-Pepa
Released October 12, 1993 (1993-10-12)
Recorded 1992-1993
Genre Hip hop
Length 58:44
Label Next Plateau
Producer Herby "Luvbug" Azor / Salt-n-Pepa
Salt-n-Pepa chronology
Rapped in Remixes: The Greatest Hits Remixed
Very Necessary
Brand New
Singles from Very Necessary
  1. "Shoop"
    Released: September 21, 1993
  2. "Whatta Man"
    Released: December 2, 1993
  3. "None of Your Business"
    Released: August 30, 1994
  4. "Heaven 'n Hell"
    Released: 1994
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.0/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau (3-star Honorable Mention)[2]

Very Necessary is the fourth studio album by rap/hip-hop group Salt-n-Pepa. The album followed three compilation albums. Released in October 12, 1993. The album went on to become the most successful rap album by a female act. It was produced by Cheryl James (Salt), Sandy Denton (Pepa), Dee Dee "Diedra" Roper (Spinderella), and Hurby Azor. It resulted in several Billboard hits for the female hip-hop trio, including "Shoop" (their first top 5 pop hit, peaking at #4), "Whatta Man" (featuring En Vogue, their biggest hit at #3), and "None of Your Business", a top 40 hit which would win them their first Grammy Award. Very Necessary peaked at #4 on the US Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart, and has been certified 5 times platinum by the RIAA for sales in excess of five million copies in the US. The album sold an additional two million copies internationally, for total sales of seven million.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Groove Me"   Hurby Azor, Dave Kelly, Anthony Williams 4:21
2. "No One Does It Better"   Trevor Guthrie 3:53
3. "Somebody's Gettin' on My Nerves"   Hurby Azor, Steve Azor 3:57
4. "Whatta Man" (duet with En Vogue) Hurby Azor, Dave Crawford, Cheryl James 5:07
5. "None of Your Business"   Hurby Azor 3:32
6. "Step"   Hurby Azor 3:10
7. "Shoop"   Sandra Denton, Cheryl James, Mark Spark, O Roberts, Ike Turner 4:07
8. "Heaven 'n Hell"   Hurby Azor, Mike Oliver 4:43
9. "Big Shot"   Hurby Azor, Steve Azor, Dana Mozie, Anthony Williams 3:47
10. "Sexy Noises Turn Me On"   Hurby Azor 3:54
11. "Somma Time Man"   Cheryl James, David Wynn 3:25
12. "Break of Dawn"   Hurby Azor 3:45
13. "I've Got AIDS (PSA)"   Hurby Azor 3:18
14. "Shoop" (Danny D's Radio Mix)    


Break of Dawn

Heaven 'n Hell

None of Your Business



Whatta Man

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Birchmeier, Jason. "Salt-N-Pepa: Very Necessary > Review" at AllMusic. Retrieved 16 October 2012.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Salt-N-Pepa: Very Necessary". Retrieved 16 October 2012.