May 21: Salt-N-Pepa and Kid ‘n Play coming to the St. Augustine Amphitheatre

Kid 'n Play (top) will perform with Salt-N-Pepa (above) on May 21, 2016 at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre. Contributed images

Kid ‘n Play (top) will perform with Salt-N-Pepa (above) on May 21, 2016 at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre. Contributed images

Show also features Rob Base, Coolio, Tone Loc and Color Me Badd 

From the St. Johns County Cultural Events Division

St. Augustine, FL – The St. Augustine Amphitheatre proudly presents hip hop legends Salt-N-Pepa and Kid ‘n Play with guests Rob Base, Coolio, Tone Loc and Color Me Badd live at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre on Saturday, May 21, 2016. Tickets for Salt-N-Pepa with Kid ‘n Play and guests Rob Base, Coolio, Tone Loc, and Color Me Badd will go on sale this Friday, December 18 at 10 a.m.

They are, undoubtedly, the group that changed the face of hip-hop as we know it. They also gave females across the globe a voice within their communities and the music industry as a whole. They are Salt-N-Pepa. Legends, icons, trailblazers, pioneers, innovators and trendsetters are just a few words often used to describe Salt-N-Pepa.

From GRAMMYs to MTV Video Awards, they have won them all. Whether it’s the top of the charts or on stages at sold out coliseums across the country, they have done it all. They are GRAMMY-award winning group, Salt-N-Pepa, which consists of Cheryl James and Sandy Denton (“Salt” and “Pepa”, respectively), and Deidre “Dee Dee” Roper (DJ Spinderella). As the first ever female rap crew, Salt-N-Pepa, broke barriers and opened doors wide open that were once closed to women in hip-hop. They gave women a voice in a male dominated industry and transformed the way the music world saw women forever.

With the hit songs “Push It,” “Shake Your Thang,” “Shoop” and “Whatta Man,” Salt-N-Pepa would defy everyone’s expectations and catapult hip-hop to new levels. You can’t list or mention the top rap songs of all time without their hit songs showing up. And you can’t talk about music history without mentioning their names. Their contributions to a culture and to the world of hip hop have influenced the landscape and look of music as we know it today.

Among the first groups to tame rap’s hardcore mentality into a positive, message-oriented music suitable for teens and mass audiences, Kid ‘n Play debuted in 1988 with the platinum album 2 Hype, which the duo later spun into a deal involving films and a Saturday-morning cartoon show, the first involving a rap act. Though their recording activity became limited during the ’90s — 1991’s Face the Nation was their last album — the group managed two sequels to their original House Party film, as well as the 1991 teen flick Class Act.

Kid (born Christopher Reid; Bronx, NY) and Play (born Christopher Martin; Queens, NY) first met while performing in rival high school groups (the Turnout Brothers and the Super Lovers, respectively) and initially teamed up as Fresh Force. Play’s former bandmate, Hurby “Luv Bug” Azor, became the duo’s manager and signed Kid ‘n Play to Select Records in 1987. Despite the predominance of James Brown samples during the mid-’80s, Azor gave 2 Hype a production job more rooted in disco and pop; thanks to the near-Top Ten R&B hit “Rollin’ with Kid ‘n Play,” the album eventually reached platinum status.

Rob Base from Harlem, New York (born Robert Ginyard May18, 1967) first began performing with a group called the Sure Shot Seven while in fifth grade. By the time of high school graduation, being only one of the members left in the group, Rob continued to work on becoming a Platinum artist.

Their first single, “DJ Interview,” appeared on the “Mike and Dave” label, and the second single “Make It Hot” appeared on “World to World” record label. Rob gained momentum and received a distribution deal with Profile Records by 1988. The first Profile labeled release, the title track single from their debut album, “It Takes Two”, became a street sensation upon its release in mid-1988. Massive club airplay enhanced its impact considerably. Both the single and the album eventually went multi-platinum and Rob Base gained Single of the Year honors both in Spin Magazine and The Village Voice.

The second single, “Get on the Dance Floor'” continued Rob’s dance appeal, and his excellent rapping helped him retain his street credentials. But Rob Base wasn’t done yet because he soon shocked the rap world with another monster smash called “Joy and Pain” which to this day is a classic song that plays all over the world. In 1989, Rob dropped a solo release called The Incredible Base and followed that record up with Break Of Dawn featuring one of Rob’s hardest hits “Symphony”, as well as his party anthem “Get Your Hands Up”.

Coolio (born Artis Leon Ivey, Jr.) was one of the first rappers to balance pop accessibility with gritty, street-level subject matter and language. Yet despite his nods to hardcore, his music was clearly more happy-go-lucky at heart; he shared the West Coast scene’s love of laid-back ’70s funk, and that attitude translated to his music far more often than Dr. Dre’s Death Row/G-funk axis. Most of Coolio’s hits including “Fantastic Voyage” and “1, 2, 3, 4 (Sumpin’ New)” were exuberant, good-time party anthems (save for his moody signature song “Gangsta’s Paradise”), and he created a goofy, ingratiating persona in the videos that supported them. In the process, Coolio took the sound of West Coast hip-hop to wider audiences than ever before, including those put off by, or too young for, the rougher aspects of G-funk.

TONE LOC soared from obscurity into pop stardom in 1989 when his hoarse voice and unmistakable delivery made the song “Wild Thing” (using a sample from Van Halen’s “Jamie’s Cryin'”) a massive hit winning countless other awards. The song “Wild Thing” was co-written by Marvin Young, better known as Young MC, as was the second single smash, “Funky Cold Medina.” The album Loc-ed After Dark became the second rap release ever to top the pop charts and one of the most popular of all time.

Color Me Badd is one of the top R&B vocal groups of all time. The group has sold 12 million records in the United States. Their debut album, C.M.B sold over 6 million copies worldwide and became certified Triple platinum in the United States. They have 3 number 1 singles and 17 top 20 singles. Color Me Badd’s hit singles included “I Adore Mi Amor,” “All 4 Love,” “Thinkin’ Back,” and “Slow Motion”. They were awarded the Favorite Single R&B/Soul trophy at the 19th annual American Music Awards, nominated for 6 GRAMMYs and won the Best R&B/Soul Single and Song of the Year categories at the sixth annual Soul Train Music Awards.

Tickets for Salt-N-Pepa and Kid ‘n Play with guests Rob Base, Coolio, Tone Loc and Color Me Badd will go on sale this Friday, December 18 at 10 a.m. at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre and Ponte Vedra Concert Hall Box Offices. VIP Meet and Greet tickets will also be available. Save on fees by purchasing tickets at the Box Office, walk around the venue to scout your potential seat and have first pick when tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Tickets will also be available at ticketmaster.com, all authorized TicketMaster outlets or by phone at 800-745-3000. Go to www.staugamphitheatre.com 

IF YOU GO

  • SHOW: Salt-N-Pepa and Kid ‘n Play with Rob Base, Coolio, Tone Loc and Color Me Badd
  • VENUE: St. Augustine Amphitheatre
  • DATE: Saturday, May 21, 2016
  • TIME: Doors 6:00pm / Show 7:00pm
  • ADMISSION: $73.50 – Standing Pit; $63.50 – Level 100; $53.50 – Level 200; $43.50 – Level 300 and Obstructed View
  • WEBSITE: www.staugamphitheatre.com

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