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Salt-N-Pepa: 30 years of some fighting, much success

Salt-N-Pepa perform during the Essence Music Festival in

Salt-N-Pepa perform during the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans. Photo Credit: AP, 2009

As they were honored by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) for their 30 years in the business, Salt-N-Pepa revealed that they have been in couples counseling to keep their hip-hop partnership together.

"We actually love each other, even though we fight a lot," said Salt, aka Cheryl James, who hails from Melville. "Pep says it's a marriage."

"We don't fight that much," added Pepa, aka Sandra Denton.

Especially not these days. The Long Island Music Hall of Famers are enjoying yet another career resurgence, thanks, in part, to the Geico commercial that has brought their classic "Push It" to new generations. According to Billboard, the commercial led to an additional 50,000 sales and nearly 4 million streams of "Push It" in the three months following the debut of the campaign.

(According to previously unreleased footage from the Amy Winehouse documentary "Amy," released last week, Winehouse's first group was Sweet 'n' Sour, which she later described as "the little, white, Jewish Salt-N-Pepa.")

In addition to celebrating next year's 30th anniversary of their debut album, "Hot, Cool & Vicious," which includes "Push It" and "Tramp," Salt-N-Pepa is working on a line of athletic wear as well as a cooking show.

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