The Problem With... Jennifer Lopez's "Papi"
Current American Idol judge and People Magazine's "World Most Beautiful Woman" for 2011 Jennifer Lopez has had quite a year between having twins and announcing a split with her third husband Marc Anthony.
Now, however, she's back in the spotlight: This past May, J-Lo released her seventh album, Love?, which had a few good tracks, such her first single "On The Floor" and the electro-house ballad "Everybody's Girl," which appeared on the album's deluxe editon.
But what sours the track for me is the lyrical theme about marrying and pleasing a rich, successful husband. Check out this lyric: "My rock is shining bright / Even if he ain't by my side / He'll make sure that I glow."
Granted, J-Lo has changed a lot in the past decade. Nonetheless, the theme of "Papi" is directly inconsistent with her earlier tracks "Love Don't Cost a Thing" and "Jenny From the Block." These two tracks marked the artist's iffy attempts at humility and authenticity; and "Papi" and its theme clash as much with J-Lo's pending single status as they do with those earlier efforts.
As I said before, J-Lo has become skilled at controlling when to promote herself. Problem is, she doesn't know how to promote herself in a consistent way.