Very Necessary

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Very Necessary
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Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 12, 1993 (1993-10-12)
GenreHip hop
ProducerHerby "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
AllMusic4.0/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau(3-star Honorable Mention)(3-star Honorable Mention)(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]

1."Groove Me" (featuring Styowlz)Hurby Azor, Dave Kelly, Anthony Williams4:21
2."No One Does It Better"Hurby Azor, Anthony Williams3:53
3."Somebody's Gettin' on My Nerves"Hurby Azor, Steve Azor, Anthony Williams3:57
4."Whatta Man" (with En Vogue)Hurby Azor, Dave Crawford, Cheryl "Salt" James5:07
5."None of Your Business"Hurby Azor3:32
6."Step"Hurby Azor, Deidra "DJ Spinderella" Roper, Alfred "Pee Wee" Ellis3:10
7."Shoop"Cheryl "Salt" James, Sandy "Pepa" Denton, Mark Sparks, Otwane Roberts4:07
8."Heaven or Hell" (featuring Styowlz (Wink & D'dae))Hurby Azor, Steve Azor, Michael Oliver4:43
9."Big Shot"Hurby Azor, Steve Azor, Anthony Williams, Dana Jr. Mozie3:47
10."Sexy Noises Turn Me On"Hurby Azor, Cheryl "Salt" James3:54
11."Somma Time Man"Cheryl "Salt" James, Dave Wynn, Darren Callis3:25
12."Break of Dawn"Hurby Azor, Michael Love (Replaced By 138810), Anthony Martin3:45
13."I've Got AIDS (PSA)"Cheryl "Salt" James, Weatoc Inc.3:18


Break of Dawn

Heaven 'n Hell

None of Your Business



Whatta Man


  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.
  3. ^ Lobenfeld, Claire (11 June 2017). "Salt-N-Pepa: Very Necessary". Pitchfork. Retrieved 23 January 2018.

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