How Jennifer Lopez’s Kids Once Got Her to Record a Song About Her Butt

Jennifer Lopez might have listened to her instincts and rejected a song that became one of her singles — but her kids convinced her otherwise. Ultimately, Lopez recorded the song as a collaboration with another celebrity musician. The music video for the song was pretty risque, though Lopez said she was not trying to make a raunchy clip.

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The song Jennifer Lopez didn’t want to record

Lopez is known for being curvy. Fittingly, The Arizona Republic reports she once had the opportunity to record a song called “Big Booty.” The track was produced by EDM superstar Diplo and incorporates elements of Middle Eastern music. Initially, Lopez felt she would never record a song with that title even though people around her thought she should. 

”We end up writing the track,” Lopez told Jimmy Kimmel. “I take the (songs) to my car afterwards and try to live with it to see, like, which ones in the studio this week will I go and record afterwards. So I’m [in] the car with my twins Max and Emme, who were five at the time. I’m listening to a bunch of songs and the minute they hear ‘Big Booty’ they were going crazy. I don’t know if they thought they were saying a dirty word, if they felt naughty, but they loved this song and because they loved it I recorded it.”

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Interestingly, Lopez has great faith in her son Max’s ability to pick out hits. “My son has a very good ear. He could be the next [record executive] Clive Davis…. Right away he can pick on a first listen, only the big, big smashes.”

How the public reacted to ‘Booty’

Lopez eventually released a version of the song simply called “Booty” as a single. This version of the track was a collaboration with Iggy Azalea. Billboard reports the song itself peaked at No. 18 on the Billboard Hot 100. 

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Since Lopez has produced megahits like “On the Floor” and “Love Don’t Cost a Thing,” “Booty” was not one of her more popular singles. Considering Azalea was a major force in popular music when “Booty” debuted, the song probably could have performed better on the charts. However, its video was a viral hit.

What Jennifer Lopez thought of the music video for ‘Booty’

The video for “Booty” shows Lopez and Azalea in a number of revealing outfits. At one point, Lopez seems to be entirely covered in oil. Although the video is pretty risque by music video standards. Lopez wasn’t going for shock value.

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“I wanted it to be beautiful and sexy, not sexy and raunchy,” Lopez told Marie Claire. “Sometimes when you’re younger, you go for raunch, or shock value, but I don’t need to do that.” It’s fitting Lopez wasn’t trying to make the video rauchy considering she recorded “Booty” for her kids.