The song was originally earmarked to be Tinashe's debut single. She recalled to The Fader
: "It wasn't 'Papi' at first, it was 'I Luh You Nigga,' like, I luh ya luh ya luh ya nigga. They switched the swag up a little bit! It was intended for Aquarius
"Then Detail was in a session with J. Lo and he played her the track," Tinashe continued, "because you know these producers sometimes, they're like 'Yo, lemme play you my hot s--t!' I guess she obviously really liked it, and she cut her version.
"One day Detail calls me and is like 'B-T-dubs, J. Lo is singing that song.' I didn't believe it at first, I thought he was just not trying to give it to me for some reason," she added. "I was like 'J. Lo does not want that song, she's not gonna sing that.' And then it came out. I guess she wanted it."
Tinashe recorded "2 On
" instead as her debut single, which peaked at #24 on the Hot 100. Lopez, meanwhile stalled at #77 with "Papi". "I wasn't tripping on it too much. I really roll with the punches," Tinashe said. "A lot of things happen for a reason. Timing always is perfect, even when you don't think it is. I clearly wasn't meant to have that song. Who knows, '2 On' might not have existed if I had it."