Aint It Funny by Jennifer Lopez featuring Ja Rule and Caddillac Tah (official video) is a hip hop pop song.
Song Title: Aint It Funny (official video - Murder Remix)
Artist: Jennifer Lopez featuring Ja Rule and Caddillac Tah
Genre: pop, R&B, hip hop, Latin pop
Composer: Copyright © Jennifer Lopez, Cory Rooney, Ashanti Douglas, Irving Lorenzo, 7, Ja Rule, Caddillac Tah
Lead Vocals: Jennifer Lopez
Backing Vocals: Ashanti Douglas, Cory Rooney
Rap: Ja Rule, Caddillac Tah
Lead Guitar: René Toldeo
Trumpet: Angel Fernandez
Director: Herb Ritts
Producer: Irv Gotti, 7, Cory Rooney
Recorded: 2000–01; Sony Music Studios, Crack House Studios, The Hit Factory (New York City, New York)
Released: Original: July 3, 2001 Murder Remix: March 4, 2002
Number of listens: 28117
Summary quotation from Wikipedia:
Aint It Funny (Murder Remix) is a song recorded by American entertainer Jennifer Lopez. It was co-written by Lopez and Cory Rooney for the Adam Shankman-directed romantic comedy The Wedding Planner (2001). Shankman, however, felt that the song had too much of a Latin-influence to be featured in the film and it was instead included on Lopezs second studio album J.Lo (2001). Aint It Funny was released as the third single from the album on June 20, 2001 by Epic Records. The song features additional vocals from Ja Rule (Jeffery Atkins) and Cadillac Tah. It was written by Lopez, Atkins, Tah, Cory Rooney, Irving Lorenzo, and Ashanti Douglas. Over a reworking of the beat to Craig Macks Flava in Ya Ear, Lopez sings about dropping a boyfriend who keeps messing up.
While watching a rough cut of The Wedding Planner (2001) in Canada, Jennifer Lopez and Cory Rooney brainstormed ideas for its accompanying soundtrack. The two pulled different thoughts and feelings from the films scenes. The scene where Lopezs character is in the backseat of a car listening to Matthew McConaughey and Bridgette Wilsons characters talk about the wedding made Rooney think of the line aint it funny how some feelings you just cant deny and you cant move on even though you try. According to Rooney, all those words and melodies just started coming to him while watching the scene. After he conceived the idea for Aint It Funny, Rooney returned to his home and roughed out the track and came up with the songs chorus. He then worked with Lopez for an hour to complete the song. Tommy Mottola was so enthusiastic about the song that he contributed to its melody. Adam Shankman, however, felt that Aint It Funny had too much of a Latin influence for the film, due to its usage of timbales. Lopez disagreed with Shankman and the two later agreed to use Love Dont Cost a Thing in the film.
In July 2001, Lopezs number one album J.Lo (2001) was reissued with a murder remix of one of its original singles, Im Real. The R&B murder remix of Im Real was written by Ja Rule, who also features on the track. According to Rule, he initially was just f[uck]ing around with the track after Lopezs team gave it to him to remix, but it turned out to be a hell of a record. The remix was successful, topping the Billboard Hot 100 chart for several weeks. It also helped J.Lo to return to the top ten of the US Billboard 200 album chart. The remix allowed Lopez to crossover from Pop to R&B. Rule said this put her in another zone and her fans arent gonna want the pop version of J. Lo no more, they gonna want the Im Real version. The rapper enjoyed working with Lopez and called it a real collaboration because he actually worked with her in the studio. The success of Im Real (Murder Remix) lead him to begin working on a remix for Aint it Funny the following August, which would later be announced as the lead single to J.Los remix album, J to tha L–O! The Remixes, in December 2001.
Writing and production
Rooney explained: We had changed the sound of Jennifer Lopez [with Im Real] and we didnt have anything else on the [J.Lo] album we could release as a single. We had to do another remix to keep the momentum going. Then-upcoming artist Ashanti dropped by Irv Gottis studio in New York. She recalled: Everyone was there and Ja [Rule] was on the floor playing video games, and they had the beat playing in the background. Chris Gotti, Irv Gottis brother, said Jas supposed to be writing this record for J-Lo, but it doesnt look like hes going to be doing anything tonight. Why dont you go in there and see whats happening? So thats exactly what I did. Ashanti wrote two verses and recorded a demo for the new version of Aint It Funny for Lopez. Gotti and 7 flew out to Los Angeles on September 10, 2001 to record the song with Lopez. The song was due to be recorded the following day, but was postponed due to the September 11 attacks. When work resumed on the song, Gotti called Ashanti from Los Angeles asking her to write another verse for the song. She recalled: I had to write it over the phone and two-way Irv the lyrics.
Aint It Funny is Latin pop song, with a duration of four minutes and six seconds (4:06). The song contains a Mecca disco beat and a bullfight trumpet, as well as a solid dancefloor thump. Lyrically, Lopez sings about creating the perfect romance in your mind, then facing reality when Mr. Right is less than ideal. Josh Freedom du Lac of Wall of Sound wrote that Aint It Funny steals its melody wholesale from Madonnas La Isla Bonita, although it has a better rhythmic base. He concluded that it still sort of runs in place, as though Lopez recorded it while standing on a treadmill. Sal Cinquemani of Slant Magazine responded positively to the song, calling it terribly infectious. He, however, criticized the overpowering choir of back-up vocalists that sing the chorus. Jake Barnes of Dot Music called the song bland, writing that Lopez should check out Jill Scotts 2000 song One Is the Magic Number for how Latin pop should be done properly.
While reviewing the original Aint It Funny, Billboards Chuck Taylor praised the songs production as Grade A and its lyrics as smart and said of the remix release, Sony has got to be kidding, calling it Aint it Funny when not one note of it is held in common with the original. Its a disturbing trend, but one that will surely push J.Lo to a new high.
Aint it Funny (Murder Remix) is a Hip Hop song with a duration of three minutes and forty-nine seconds (3:49). It contains no similarities to the original track. While he was working towards the remix, Ja Rule boasted Im about to fuck yall up, stating that the songs sampling of Craig Macks Flava In Ya Ear would be remixed and vamped up crazy. He said Its totally not J. Lo. Over the reworking of the Flava In Ya Ear beat, Lopez sings about a boyfriend who keeps messing up, while Rule and Cadillac Tah drop rhymes on the track. Rule raps that hes Off the wall like MJ in his early days, which is a reference to Michael Jacksons album Off the Wall (1979). The rapper also says Oh I, never been a sucker for chocha, choca meaning pussy, the slang term for vagina. He continues on to say that people want him after they see him workin with money, meaning working with Lopez.
The singles official music video was directed by Herb Ritts.
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