I Luh Ya Papi

Album: A.K.A. (2014)
Charted: 77

Songfacts®:

  • This upbeat, summery track finds Lopez expressing her "luh" for her beau. Released as the third single from the singer's eighth album, the track got its first play during Lopez's trip to Power 106's New at 2 show with Yesi Ortiz on March 5, 2014.
  • Lopez enlisted fellow Bronx native French Montana, who jumps in at the end reciprocating the feelings for his true love. Speaking to Yesi Ortiz of her decision to have French Montana feature, the American-Puerto Rican singer said, "We're both from New York, and we both have similar backgrounds, and I wanted this record to have that vibe and he was just perfect for it so I was so happy when he heard this record and wanted to be a part of it."
  • The track was produced by Noel "Detail" Fisher, whose other credits include Lil Wayne's "How To Love," Beyoncé's "Drunk In Love" and Wiz Khalifa's "We Dem Boyz."
  • The music video was directed by Jessy Terrero in Miami, Florida. It is a comic clip where we see Lopez turning the tables on countless videos where men are objectifying women. She told Pop Crush: "It's funny, when I was doing the song, I felt like it was very tongue-in-cheek. I'm saying in the verses how I'm gonna put it down on you and how I want you and all this stuff, but then it's kind of like what guys do to girls. So in the song it's like, you know, they'll be with you and they'll talk about how much they want you, and then it'll be like … oh yeah, I didn't see it. I really love you. It's kind of that type of thing."

    "And then [with] the video, we decided to do the same thing," Lopez continued. "The director came up with the concept to kind of flip the rap video — to make me the rapper and, you know, just turn the tables in that way... instead of having girls in bathing suits, have guys in bathing suits. Instead of having me be the soft girl in the video, be the rapper who's in the mansion and the yacht. It was all meant to be in good fun, but you know, I knew people would get the joke."
  • Lopez released a remix by DJ Khaled on April 21, 2014, featuring the original verse from French Montana, Big Sean's verse from the first remix, plus a new verse from Tyga.
  • 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 and everything."

    "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."

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