Cheryl Renee James (Salt) is an American rapper and songwriter and one of the richest female rappers in the world. She is best known as a member of one of the successful and Grammy-award-winning female rap trio Salt-N-Pepa. Cheryl James also starred in The Salt-N-Pepa reality tv Show which aired on the VH1 network in 2008 alongside DJ Spinderella and others. RNN details Cheryl James’ net worth, biography, and career in this article.

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Name Cheryl Renee James
Date of Birth March 28, 1966
Gender Female
Marital Status Single
Professions Rapper, Songwriter
Cheryl James’ Net Worth $14 Million
Nationality American


Cheryl James was born on the 28th of March, 1966 in Brooklyn, New York. Her father was a transit worker, and her mother a bank manager. Cheryl James attended Grover Cleveland High School and graduated in 1983. Following her High School graduation, she enrolled at Queensborough Community College to study nursing.

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In 1985, Cheryl James met Sandra Denton and made friends with her. Hurby Azor who was her then-boyfriend approached them and asked them to record a rap for a class project. Quite impressed that they did well, they decided to take their trial serious and turn it into a career. With Hurby Azor as their manager, they formed the group, Super Nature which was eventually renamed as Salt-N-Pepa. Later on, Latoya Hanson joined as their DJ but was later replaced with Deidra Roper (DJ Spinderella) in 1987. And she remained a part of the group until 2019. Deidra Roper was fired from the group.

The group released several studio albums including Hot, Cool & Vicious (1986), A Salt with a Deadly Pepa (1988), and so on. Cheryl James co-starred in the 1993 thriller comedy film, Who’s the Man? In 1997, she recorded Stomp with gospel artists Kirk Franklin and God’s Property Gospel Choir. The Salt-N-Pepa were the first female rap act to have gold, platinum, and multi-platinum albums and also win a Grammy.

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Cheryl James appeared on VH1’s inaugural Hip Hop Honors program in November 2004, along with Pepa, but they didn’t perform. On September 22, 2005, they performed (first performance as the Salt-N-Pepa group since 1999) at the second Hip Hop Honors, performing their hit Whatta Man. In 2009, Cheryl James was featured in the Generation Gospel Exclusive on 106 & Gospel.

Cheryl James’ Net Worth

As of 2022, Cheryl James’ net worth is estimated at $14 million, making her one of the richest female rappers in the world.

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Personal Life

Cheryl James as earlier stated, dated Hurby Azor (manager of the Salt-N-Pepa group) from 1984 to 1989. In 2000 (Christmas Eve), James Cheryl got married to Gavin Wray, but they got divorced in 2018. However, their union produced two children; Corin and Chapele Wray. She considers herself a feminist and emphasized in an interview that women need to avoid complete emotional and financial dependence on men. Tupac also referenced Cheryl James and her daughter in his song, Keep Ya Head Up. 

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