Jennifer Lopez has been on fire with the recent release of I Luh Ya Papi, the video with French Montana, being a judge on American Idol, and still working on her upcoming 10th album — and our girl Nicky G had an exclusive one-on-one to talk all about it.
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Nicky: You’re an actress, singer, dancer, judge on American Idol. How do you balance all of that?
Jennifer Lopez: I don’t know. I just take it one day at a time. I feel really blessed to do all the things that I do and have all the opportunities that I have. I just try to be professional, show up, and be my best self, and take it one day at a time. I have tons of help, thank God, in my life personal side and in the work side. I have a great team, we take care of each other.
Nicky: Since “I Luh Ya Papi” dropped, I noticed a lot of people on social media tweeting things like, ‘I wonder why JLo used the word ‘Luhh Ya.’ So, why?
Jennifer Lopez: [laughs] You know, it really was the producers. When I got it [the song], it was what it was. I just thought the beat was so hot, and I was like “who produced this?” I just loved the feel of it… and I thought to myself I just wanted to work with whoever did it. Then I found out it was this guy Detail, and he came in and we talked about it. He’s one of these crazy beautiful minds kind-of producer. He was very specific, he was like “it’s not ‘I love you,’ that’s been done a million times. This is a different thing. It was his creation.
It was slangy… and guys talk to girls that way. Like, “you know I luh ya baby,” they don’t say “I love you” unless they really mean it. I wanted to flip the roles on how guys talk to us.
Nicky: The video for “I Luh Ya Papi” reminds me of the female version of Jay Z’s Big Pimpin.
Jennifer Lopez: [Laughs] That’s funny, it is a little bit like that.
Nicky: And a line that really stood out to me was when your girlfriend [in the video] says “why can’t we objectify men?” Then [the video] goes into you guys having fun on a yacht — what kind of advice would you give to women who are still dealing with men who objectify them?
Jennifer Lopez: This it the thing. We have watched this for years, and it has become so normal. When we were on the set of the video, we knew we were doing this and poking fun at it, but it was funny to see how uncomfortable the male models were. Stuff they make us do all the time — it was hilarious to me.
I was like, no, no, no. If this was a girl in a bathing suit right now who was washing this car, we’d be shooting it for an hour and a half. We’d be shooting it over and over again. Slow motion, close up, some over there. You guys just want one take and call it a day? Just because you feel uncomfortable? No, no, no. You get to know how it feels like. Now wash that car! [laughs]
It was in a fun spirit. It was comedic, but still opening up the commentary of think about what you’re doing & what we’ve been doing for years & how it feels.
Nicky: Tell me about the album. When can we expect it, what is it called. I wanna know more about it.
Jennifer Lopez: I have been thinking about the title for so long. This is the first it’s taken me this long… over a year. I’ll usually knock out an album in a few months. This is something that I’ve been taking my time on since I got back from tour last year.
It’s my 10th album, and it’ll be out June 17th. It has yet to be titled because I like to wait for it to be completely mastered before I name it. All I can say is that it’s a real representation of who I am completely, including all the parts of myself. Musically, I’m Pop, I’m Hip Hop, I do ballads, R&B. I was listening to my old albums and I realized, I’m this mid-tempo artist. People think of me as dance or the remix hip-hop videos or Jenny From the Block era. They think of me in those ways, but I have so many ballads and mid-tempos on my album. That’s what I love.
I am silly, I like to dance and shake it. I like getting deep and talking about love. The good and the bad and the ugly about it. That’s who I am, and as an artist, I have to be honest about it. It’s just me. Or even having a big booty [laughs], it’s about being you. This is who I am.
Nicky: Speaking of who you are in the industry, what is your secret to success and longevity? You have been in the game for so long and you’re still at the top of your game.
Jennifer Lopez: Thank you. To be honest, I just feel like you have to be real and honest and you have to keep evolving. You can’t stay in one place, you have to move and grow with the times. Stay current. Stay modern and not get caught up in a moment or a time. Because then, time passes you by. You just have to be in it, you have to be present.
I don’t get caught up in past success or failures. That’s that. What’s happening today? What’s happening in the present? Who am I right now? How honest can I be with that? I think when you stay honest, you stay open. To change, to life, to what’s going on right now, people see that and respond to that, and they say ‘oh shit, she’s right now.’
Yeah. Jennifer Lopez is amazing. Watch her latest video for I Luh Ya Papi below.