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.