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Musician Spinderella of Salt-N-Pepa is 45. (Getty Images: Stephen Lovekin)

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Born Deidra Muriel Roper, but better known as DJ Spinderella from the legendary and groundbreaking hip-hop group, Salt-N-Pepa was surrounded by music growing up.

“I grew up in a household where music was the atmosphere,” Roper says. “My father was a collector of vinyl records. … Growing up in Brooklyn, we lived in the projects, on the seventh floor, and we were the loudest apartment music-wise, because my father was always blaring records after work — everything from Quincy Jones to Grover Washington Jr. to Hall and Oates.”

As she got older, with help from a DJing high-school sweetheart, Roper began to learn her own way around the turntables. At 16 she landed an audition with a little known group at the time, who were just starting to gain buzz in the New York hip-hop scene. Within two weeks, she hit the road with 18-year-old Sandra “Pepa” Denton and 22-year-old Cheryl “Salt” James and they formed Salt-n-Pepa.Finishing her senior year on tour, “Spin,” as she’s often called, traveled the world with the influential group.

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