Deidra Muriel Roper, known as DJ Spinderella, is an American DJ and rapper who is a member of the hip-hop group Salt-n-Pepa. Her name is a reference to the fairy tale character Cinderella.
Roper was introduced to Salt-n-Pepa producer Herbie "LuvBug" Azor just before the group were due to appear at the Westchester Music Festival in 1986. Salt-n-Pepa's original DJ, Latoya Hanson, had missed several rehearsals and group appearances, and the group was actively looking for a replacement.
Before auditioning Roper, Salt-n-Pepa had offered the spot to then-unknown radio and TV personality Ricky Lake. Roper was selected as the group's DJ, taking the name Spinderella, around the time the group's first album was being released. Since she was sixteen at the time of joining, Ropers' parents had to give permission for Roper to travel around the country.
The trio would go on to become one of the most successful female hip-hop acts of all time. They released five studio albums and saw several platinum and gold singles. Spinderella has also produced several songs on the group's albums.
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