Roper auditioned for Azor and was invited to join Salt-N-Pepa as their DJ.With her parents' permission, Deidra "Dee Dee" Roper left school and joined Sandra "Pepa" Denton and Cheryl "Salt" James as the newest member of Salt-N-Pepa.When she was 16 years old, a classmate approached Roper at school and asked her whether she would be interested in joining a female hip-hop group.
Anderson then began to share, with voice low and drink in hand, an unsolicited series of personal headlines -- some sordid, some sad, some actual newspaper headlines.
She shared their success with hits like "Shake Your Thang," "Let's Talk About Sex" and "Shoop," as well as the single "None of Your Business," which garnered a Grammy Award for best rap performance in 1995.
By the time Salt-N-Pepa disbanded in 2002, the group had sold more than 12 million records worldwide.
The trio released several successful albums in the late 1980s and '90s, and won a Grammy Award in 1994.
Deidra Muriel Roper was born on August 3, 1971, in the borough of Brooklyn in New York City. She would later recall that her father's extensive record collection had given her an early appreciation for music.