3.19.2014 - J.Lo calls Q97.1's Danny Salas during the Afternoon Drive to talk about her new single, "I Luh Ya Papi" and her new album.
DS: Jennifer Lopez how are you doing?
JL: I’m good how are you doing Danny?
DS: I’m really good where are you calling from today?
JL: I’m calling you from L.A.
DS: Alright cool so you’re on my coast! You’re a west coast girl today I love it.
JL: Yes yes yes!
DS: I know you’ve been bombarded doing these radio interviews and TV interviews but you have a lot to talk about so that’s why a lot of people have a lot to talk to you about.
JL: Yes it’s a good time you know doing Idol and getting ready to release my 10th album and the new single and my new video is out its all bubbling, it’s all good!
DS: Yeah that’s pretty crazy so well let jump right into it. The new single obviously is on top of everyone’s mind right now and I’m going to leave it up to Jennifer Lopez to give me the right pronunciation of the title of the new single.
JL: It’s called, “I Luh Ya Papi”
DS: Easy...one more time?
JL: “I Luh Ya Papi”
DS: Yup that’s it and I’m not gonna lie. I totally knew how to pronounce it I just wanted to hear it from you so I can make a cool sound bite. I’m totally going to put that on repeat.
JL: And over “I Luh Ya Papi”, “I Luh Ya Papi”, “I Luh Ya Papi”!
DS: I love it! So I did see the video and I've seen a couple of interviews that you’ve done recently so the whole vibe of this video is kind of a throwback. It’s kind of like paying homage…well not really homage but talking trash a little bit about these rappers right?
JL: It’s kind of poking fun at it but in the most fun, kind and light-hearted way you know. We wanted to make it fun and unique and just at the same time give a little commentary like you have been doing this to us for a long time so boom here you go! This is what it feels like but we had so much fun making the video. The whole idea was kind of flip a rap video. This song is a different kind of style. I’m kind of rap singing on it; the closest I’ll ever get to rapping I guess.
DS: Well, you’re doing an alright job.
JL: Yeah the director of the video Jessie Terrero was like we should do a rap video because it feels a little like a cool rap record and I was like okay what does that mean? He’s says you know and when I think of videos I think mansions and yachts classic ones you know like Champaign and over the top and he’s like yeah let’s do that! Then as we thought about it we were like well does that mean ill have a bunch of girl…no guys in bathing suits like doing things that you know are only for entertainment you know what I mean. Once we got on that page we just ran with it and had a whole bunch of fun.
DS: Well you know it is like a total 90s rap song throwback so I think you’re going to have to be inspired for the upcoming videos you have off the album. You’re going to have to do a whole video where it’s like J-Lo’s a gangsta rapper and I want to see you come out with a fat gold chain and maybe like a 12 gage or something.
JL: That will be crazy! Me with a big gold tooth or something I don’t know. Before it was just the grills now just the tooth.
DS: Right and then you can touch on every period like New Kids on the Block where you have something air-brushed on your booty or on like on a denim jacket...
JL: Oh no! That is so funny!
DS: So the song features French Montana but I also heard that Tyga did a verse for it, I heard Big Sean did a verse for it.
JL: Absolutely! You know it’s funny with this record I would have people I wanted to work with like those guys you just mentioned and I would play then 4, 5 or 6 different records and I’m like this is what I’m doing and all of them was like yeah I’ll do that but I would also have an idea like Tyga I want you to do “Girls” with me, Big Sean I want you to do “Trouble”, French Montana I want you to do “Same Girl” like I had different ideas that I thought they would be perfect for but all of them was like I want to do that song and I was like okay! One of them having there embarrassment of riches and all of these 3 amazing rappers on this song so you know at some point I’m going to have to release that version with all of them on it so all the papi’s are on it!
DS: What I want to know is what did French Montana have to do to beat out Big Sean and Tyga to get on this video?
JL: You know what it really wasn’t a competition that way I just felt like and everybody felt like his version with the whole “Same Girl” concept of the album and that whole thing of that throwback of Jenny from the block added that feel to it. You know he’s from the Bronx and he just had that flow that felt very natural in it. It was just more of that reason. When you hear the other versions you’ll see I love Big Sean’s voice and I love Tyga’s verse too.
DS: Obviously the lyrics are dope but... just me as a fan of Big Pun....there was one part in there, and I don’t know if it was intentional. I don’t know if it was your call, or whose call it was but it was just so dynamite that I had to back track on YouTube and I’m like 'Did I just hear “It’s So Hard” by Big Pun?' But just a quick little sample.
JL: Yup that was actually French. He was like this track reminds me of “It’s So Hard” you know that one and I was just like yeah of course and he was like you got to put a little bit of that in there I was like let’s do it! So we did it right after we did his verse and the songs do go perfectly together. When that part comes in, it’s my favorite part too.
DS: Yeah it’s like an Easter egg like 'did I just hear that?'
JL: Yeah like a little surprise.
DS: I know you have limited time and I hate to ask artists when the albums are going to drop because they change a hundred times...
JL: From what I hear June 17th
DS: Okay June 17th. So that means you have some time and obviously in-between that time you’re going to be doing your American Idol thing and I’m sure that your loving it because I’m sure a lot of people just imagined the last season without J-Lo just didn’t exist on American Idol.
JL: Yeah were having a good time and like last week the competition really went into high gear and I only expect it to get more and more amazing and intense to watch from here.
DS: I think Jennifer Lopez will always has something going on and it’s always better to be too busy than not busy enough. It sounds like you have enough on your plate to last a few life times.
JL: Absolutely I’m very blessed, thank you.
DS: I appreciate the time and good luck with absolutely everything. We're going to be looking out for you and we're going to be YouTube-ing “I Luh Ya Papi”
JL: Thank you baby, I appreciate you.