Jennifer Lopez may jaunt from continent to continent like all multi-platinum movie stars do. But J. Lo is still an around-the-way girl, both in her upcoming video and at heart.
And when she’s sitting out on the stoop, undoubtedly one MC she’s pumping out of her boom box is Nas, who appears on her new single, the remix to “I’m Gonna Be Alright.” She was in full hip-hop enthusiast mode when she called to politick the collaboration.
“I love Nas,” she gushed on Saturday in New York. “I’ve been a fan of his since his first album. I could [recite] all the words by heart. It was just a dream to be able to work with him. He said he would do it and he did it just like that. [Nas and I] shot the video here in Spanish Harlem a few days ago.”
J. Lo said the cut is somewhat reminiscent of her upcoming thriller flick “Enough,” where she has to skate out of a relationship with a baddy.
“The song relates to the movie that’s coming out at the same time,” she explained. “It’s about being in a relationship that you know is not good for you but you know you’re gonna be OK [once you end it]. [The video] is basically about a day in the life of this girl who has this going on in her head. I also wanted the set in a neighborhood that was real and capture the essence of how I grew up. I grew up in the Bronx — it had the same kind of urban, city flavor. [The video captures] all the essences — guys playing dominoes, girls sunning on the side of the street because they don’t wanna take the bus to the beach.”
—Shaheem Reid, with additional reporting by Gideon Yago