Jennifer Lopez’s 2002 smash hit single ‘Jenny from the Block’ — the song that coined her oft-used nickname — may be almost two decades old but, thanks to the Bennifer renaissance, the music video is more relevant than ever.Featuring rappers Jadakiss an…
Jennifer Lopez's 2002 smash hit single 'Jenny from the Block' — the song that coined her oft-used nickname — may be almost two decades old but, thanks to the Bennifer renaissance, the music video is more relevant than ever.
Featuring rappers Jadakiss and Styles P. of The LOX and sampling songs like 20th Century Steel Band's 'Heaven and Hell is on Earth', Boogie Down Productions' 'South Bronx' and Enoch Light's 'Hi-Jack', the R&B track was the lead single on Lopez's third studio album, This Is Me... Then (2002).
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The music video builds on J.Lo's lyrical message of wanting to stay humble despite finding fame and fortune by showing her relationship with then-fiancé Ben Affleck through the lens of the paparazzi in an almost-lament about their lack of privacy.
Media overexposure and public interest in their relationship is what the duo would later cite as the reason behind the breakdown of their engagement in 2004.
Here are five details from the production you might have missed.
Jennifer Lopez really gave Ben Affleck the watch
Although Affleck said in 2008 that starring in Lopez's music video nearly "ruined his career", the Gone Girl actor apparently still knows where he comes from.
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Lopez, 51, and Affleck, 48, have been seen all loved-up out-and-about recently since the songstress' split from baseballer Alex Rodriguez.
Earlier this week, Twitter users noticed that the Argo actor was wearing the silver-chain watch that J.Lo gave to Affleck almost two decades ago.
In one scene of the music video, Lopez is seen gifting Affleck the watch in a blue box with a white bow-tied ribbon — and it was apparently not just a prop.
Affleck was also seen wearing the accessory at a Lakers game with Lopez in 2003.
The video was filmed entirely in Los Angeles
While J.Lo sings a homage to her Bronx block roots in New York City, in a somewhat ironic twist of reality, the songstress never actually left the West Coast to film the video.
Filming of the four-minute clip took three days, from October 18 to October 20 2002.
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The All I Have singer is seen acting, singing and dancing in an apartment (from surveillance/paparazzi footage), on a yacht with Affleck and out and about in a jewellery store, restaurant and gas station with her man.
She is also seen performing in the brightly-lit streets of New York City with Jadakiss and Styles P. — though that was all filmed from the comfort of a studio in Los Angeles.
Jennifer Lopez reportedly wanted the video banned
After her marriage to singer Marc Anthony, 52, in June 2005, the songstress reportedly tried to ban the steamy video from airing.
According to Us Weekly, the Second Act star's staff allegedly told MTV and VH1 that the video, which shows her canoodling up to then-ex Affleck, must "not be considered or shown" in their schedules.
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It was alleged that the reason for this was that Anthony supposedly jealous.
The couple later divorced in 2014, and share two children together.
The video left critics divided
Some critics applauded Lopez's statement of not forgetting her roots, but others dismissed it as 'silly'.
Other critics thought the video missed the mark in the message it was trying to send.
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In a scathing review, Justine Ashley Costanza wrote for International Business Times in 2012: "Back when Lopez was engaged to the wholesome actor, she decided it would be best to make a video about how hard their lives were.
"Poor J-Lo couldn't lounge on her yacht, be adored in a hot tub, or wear her [US]$1 million [approx. $1.3 million] engagement ring without someone taking her picture.
"It's not easy being overly wealthy superstars," Costanza wrote.
Jennifer Lopez still remembers where she came from
Critics aside, Lopez still commemorates her early days two decades later.
At the MTV VMAs in 2018, Jenny from the Block performed a 10-minute medley of her greatest hits as she accepted the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, honouring her lifetime achievement in music.
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Her performance included hits such as 'Waiting for Tonight', 'On the Floor', 'Let's Get Loud', 'Dance Again' and 'Love Don't Cost a Thing' before the opening notes of the long-awaited 'Jenny From the Block' soared from the speakers.
At one point, Lopez threw on a white fur coat, using an iconic fashion moment to throw it back to the music video that represents a cornerstone of her career (and personal life) — 'Jenny from the Block'.
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