Salt-N-Pepa's Pepa says lawmaker 'fanned out' over her at DC premiere
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A famous rapper had some fun this week talking up a member of Congress.

Pepa, of Salt-N-Pepa fame, excitedly exclaimed to ITK, “Hey, I’m single,” while talking about meeting Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) for the first time just moments earlier.

We caught up with the entertainer, born Sandra Denton, at a Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture event celebrating Thursday’s season three premiere of “Growing up Hip Hop” on WE tv.

Johnson, Pepa, rapper Master P, music label exec Damon Dash and stars from the show, including Romeo and Vanessa and Angela Simmons, were also on-hand for a discussion about the cultural impact of hip-hop.

“At first he didn’t recognize me and then he realized who I was, and he was like ‘Pepa!’” the animated “Push It” performer said on the red carpet regarding her chat with Johnson. 


Asked if the congressman went into fan mode, Pepa, 47, replied, “Yeah, he did. He fanned out. Which is good. But he was nice.”

(But alas, sorry, Pepa — Johnson is taken, married to Mereda Davis Johnson, who serves as a county commissioner in Georgia.)

Before his encounter with Pepa, Johnson said he’s a “definite hip-hop fan.”

“Rap music is something I’ve been impressed with since its inception. Back in the late '70s is when I first became aware of hip hop,” the Georgia Democrat told ITK.

Among his favorite artists?

“Jay Z, Eminem, Nas, Biggie was, of course Tupac, all the legacy guys. MC Lyte was a favorite,” Johnson said.

“T-Boz is the bomb,” he added of the TLC singer.

“I enjoy listening to what the young people are doing these days,” the 62-year-old congressman said. “I guess I’m getting a little older, I’m starting to not be able to be with some of the stuff that’s happening. But I’m still giving them the benefit of the doubt. Music evolves and we see musicianship come back into the fold.”