The Legends: Jennifer Lopez
"She’s sort of our 21st century Marilyn Monroe... She is beyond singer. She is this icon." Watch LATIN MUSIC USA Friday, April 28 and Friday, May 5 at 9/8C on PBS (check local listings). Image credit: New York Magazine
SMITS: Mottola released other artists in quick succession.
"On the Six," by Jennifer López, hit the stores on June 1--
only three weeks after the release
of the album "Ricky Martin."
A tribute to her roots in the Bronx,
"On the Six" included cameos
by Puerto Rican rappers Big Pun and Fat Joe.
♪ Advance on the spot, we can dance till we drop ♪
♪ Let my hands slip a knot
♪ Joe, you the don
♪ Jenny, you the bomb
♪ Any man disrespect, good as gone ♪
♪ When I opened up my eyes today ♪
♪ Felt the sun shining on my face ♪
I wanted to go back to my neighborhood in the Bronx,
get on the train that I used to get on, and just...
and just relive that.
♪ I feel like there's no limit to what I can see ♪
♪ Got rid of fears that were holding me ♪
LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA: She was a Flygirl on "In Living Color."
She was one of the hot girls who danced to hip-hop
in the transitions between comedy skits.
♪ Boricua, that's you, mamacita ♪
♪ Puerto Rican diva, from la isla bonita ♪
MIRANDA: To do a song with Big Pun and Fat Joe
cemented what was already there
in terms of her accessibility to urban Latinos.
MOTTOLA: The thing about Jennifer is the whole package,
and the fact that she was Latino
was a way to take a New York girl, basically,
and present her to the public and say,
"Here is a shining example of a Latina."
MIRANDA: She's sort of our 21st-century Marilyn Monroe.
She is beyond actress, she is beyond singer--
she is this icon.
She is literally the cultural shorthand for Puerto Rican,
for the world-- literally, for the globe.