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Salt-N-Pepa’s Cheryl James thinks female rappers should dress more conservatively.

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The 56-year-old star believes Nicki Minaj has “led the charge” among female rappers over the last decade – but she isn’t a fan of the current trend.

Cheryl – who is known as Salt – said: “There was a long time when there were no women.

“There was a big gap and then Nicki Minaj came out and she led the charge. Then all these women started going behind her.

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“But there’s only a certain type and it’s overtly sexual.”

Salt-N-Pepa shot to fame in the 80s, but the hip-hop group have always favored a more conservative approach to fashion, especially in comparison to the likes of Nicki, Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion.

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But now, Cheryl suggested there’s a link between sex appeal and chart success.

She told The Sun newspaper’s Bizarre column: “It feels like there is a championing of the more sexual you are, the better.”

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Cardi and Megan previously came under fire for their hit single ‘WAP’.

But Cardi subsequently hit back at the critics, insisting the explicit song is actually “really normal.”

She said: “The people that the song bothers are usually, like, conservatives or really religious, big religious people.

“But my thing is that… I grew up listening to this type of music, so other people might [think it’s] strange and vulgar but to me it’s like, really normal.”

Despite this, Cardi admitted she wouldn’t allow her own children to listen to the record.

The 29-year-old rap star – who has Kulture, three, and Wave, eight months, with her husband Offset – said: “It’s like no, of course I don’t want my child to listen to this song and everything, but it’s like… it’s for adults!”


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