Is he really naughty by nature?
It’s been about 10 years since Sandra ‘Pepa’ Denton released her tell all book, Let’s Talk About Pep, originally published in August 2008. A few months back, we wondered why Pep shared an Instagram post revealing the book was restocked and on Amazon; now we find out why.
In last night’s episode of Growing Up Hip Hop, Egypt Criss (daughter of Pepa and Naughty by Nature member Anthony ‘Treach’ Criss) finally gets to read the book. After being forbidden to see it by her mother for all this time, she decided to take matters in her own hands. The 18-year-old was shocked to find out why her mother kept the book from her.
Let’s Talk About Pep
The formerly married entertainers, best known for their roles in the 90’s groups Naughty by Nature and Salt n’ Pepa, married in 1999. Egypt reads about when their parents met. “It was April of 1991, and Salt n’ Pepa was one of the headlining groups of MTV Daytona Spring Break. A couple of other groups were invited. Including Cypress Hill and Naughty by Nature. And I love Naughty by Nature,” Pepa writes.
Things then take a turn for the worse as Egypt reads about her mother’s abuse. Pep continues to write, “Treach and I were fighting. The fights we had were crazy. It always started with him pulling on my hair. I guess to get a good enough grip on me so he could smack me more easily. I never believed that your man could hurt you. He was worse than some stranger off the street. He was worse because he knew me. And he supposedly loved me. And he never had to force it on me. But he took it. After he took it, I just laid there numb.”
Treach and Pepa divorced in 2001 after the allegations of physical abuse surfaced. In the book, she talks about the moment Treach said he wanted a divorce. Check out an excerpt; she changed his name to Brad in the book.
“Brad put his stuff in my room, he really didn’t have much to say. That night, I fell asleep in his arms. The next thing I knew, I opened my eyes and he’s standing over me. He screamed, ‘B—h!, I want a divorce!’ He then grabbed my ring off my finger and threw it at me with all his might. It was like a five-carat diamond and it hit me right in the middle of my forehead. He grabbed me and yanked me out of the bed. He started slamming me into the headboard. He picked me up by my throat, choking me and he slammed me into the footboard. I felt as if my back had cracked open on the hard metal. He kept yelling, ‘F–k you, b—h!’ as he kept punching me,” she writes. “He then banged my head into the wall several times and continued to choke me, I was scratching with my hands, trying to pull off because I thought he was going to choke me to death. He pulled me back by my hair and slammed me into the railing again. He was going crazy.”
Is it all lies?
After the book was re-released in April of this year, Treach took to Instagram, and it wasn’t pretty. On a Throwback Thursday photo of the former couple, he accuses Pepa of a book full of lies and criticizes her mention of his children in the book.
“THROWBACK THURSDAY, SOMEBODY TELL MY EX-WIFE THIS OLD SCHOOL RAT YOUR BOOK IS FULL OF LIES YOU PRESS WHORE, YOU SOLD YOUR SOUL TO A HELL HOLE, & PUT MY KIDS IN THE MIDDLE FOR RATINGS.., YOU KNOW YA FUCKED UP RIGHT LMFAO!!” he says in one of his posts.
He didn’t stop there though. He continued to spill some tea of his own about his ex-wife. He accused her of sneaking their daughter Egypt into clubs and sleeping with younger men in the industry.
He continues, “TRIED TO TURN MY KIDS ON ME, WHEN I HAD YOUR BACK ON IN YOUR RATNESS, & I WITH THEM NOW. IN YA MID 50’S TRYING TO SNEAK MY UNDERAGE DAUGHTER IN CLUBS ON CAMERA!! OMG.. YOU STARTED WATCH ME FNISH!! FACE & SKIN LIKE MICHAEL JACKSON, HEART & ASS FLAT AS PIZZA BREAD!!, LMFAO STILL F—ING INDUSTRY N—AS YOUNGER THAN YOUR CHILDREN!!”
This can’t be the easiest situation for Egypt to deal with. Hearing this for the first time, she thinks it’s best to get both sides of the story. Watch the above sneak peek of her confronting her dad.
Although this information is being provided for entertainment purposes on the show, abuse is not something to be taken lightly. Do you think Egypt should neutral in this circumstance?
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Growing Up Hip Hop airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. on WE tv.