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Jennifer Lopez: 'A.K.A.' Album Review

Ashley Velez |
June 18, 2014 | 7:44 a.m. PDT

Staff Reporter

44-year-old Jennifer Lopez stuns on the cover of her 8th studio album. (Capitol Records)
44-year-old Jennifer Lopez stuns on the cover of her 8th studio album. (Capitol Records)
Jennifer Lopez has been killing the game since her Fly Girl days. Her latest project shows exactly why the songstress has had such a successful career. The Billboard Icon just released her much-anticipated album, “A.K.A.” The 14-song deluxe album is Jenny’s 8th project and it’s a pleasant surprise. 

Despite ordinary vocals, J.Lo’s confidence shines throughout the project. Her voice isn’t what fans have come to love about the ever-young 44-year-old. Instead, her eclectic sound and aesthetic appeal continue to make Jenny from the block a force to be reckoned with. She puts her grit and heartbreak on lyrical display all while reminding us that this diva will always come out on top. J.Lo successfully fuses pop and hip-hop sounds together on this album and she looks damn good while doing it. 

The production immediately stands out, featuring big names like DJ Mustard and Max Martin. Artists like T.I., Iggy Azalea, and Nas make memorable appearances on the album. “A.K.A.” has the potential to give music lovers at least three summer anthems.

“First Love,” the second official single on the album is a fun and sentimental song about finally finding “the one.” This radio-ready hit was produced by Max Martin and is an upbeat love song that everyone can relate to. 

“I Luh Ya Papi” is easily the next standout track and without a doubt a summer banger. French Montana makes a guest appearance and pays homage to both the Bronx and the late Big Pun when the “It’s So Hard” beat drops in the middle of his verse. Whether you love it or hate it, this song will get stuck in your head and will most likely have you hitting the Nae Nae at your next party.

Lopez recently released a video teaser for her track “Booty,” which is the next potential summer smash. Jenny teamed up with Diplo and Pitbull to bring the next twerk anthem to life. Get ready to see a ton of YouTube choreography for this fast-paced (future) single. 

The guest features really bring the hip-hop aspect of the album to life but “Troubeaux” takes the cake. Jenny sings about a bad boy with a “bald head and tattoos” over a Pete Rock and CL Smooth “They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)” sample. Nas is clearly at home on this old school track and delivers a flawless verse. 

Despite the popularity of her more bass-heavy tracks like “A.K.A.” featuring T.I., J.Lo always throws a few ballads into the mix. “Let It Be Me” is the most tolerable ballad on the album and is also the most lyrically sentimental. Some of the lyrics are cheesy (though, many of the lyrics on this album are), but the words fit perfectly over the warm sound of a Spanish Guitar. “Emotions” and “Never Satisfied” are skip-worthy ballads on the other hand.

Other notable tracks include “Acting Like That” featuring the popular rapper, Iggy Azalea, and “So Good.” “Tens” is an instant club-banger because it makes any listener want to vogue and strut down a runway but the song is honestly painful to listen to. 

“A.K.A.” is definitely worth a listen. Between the guest hip-hop heavy-hitters, the clean production and the abundance of feel-good tracks, J.Lo has delivered just enough radio hits just in time for summer. 

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