Greg Sandow
April 06, 1990 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Blacks' Magic

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
Producers
Next Plateau
genre
Hip-Hop/Rap

We gave it a B+

Sometimes small pleasures are all you need. Salt-N-Pepa’s beats aren’t complex or dramatic, but they serve just fine as a backdrop for the group’s two rappers on Blacks’ Magic, lightly acid-tongued women who have something to say — or, as rappers might put it, ”drop science” — about two big subjects. One is men, especially men who (as in ”I Don’t Know,” a duet with rappers Kid ‘N Play) want sex more than love.

The other subject is black pride, which, in the album’s title cut, leads Salt-N-Pepa to wonder why ”black” means trouble: ”Black sabbath is evil, black market illegal.” So do these women want a world that’s all black? No: ”I want variety in my society, where I can change if I don’t like what I see.” People who think rap has to be violent or obscene haven’t yet learned that groups such as Salt-N-Pepa even exist. B+

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