First Hit #1: June 12, 1999
Jennifer Lopez is credited with being a part of the Latin wave referenced yesterday, but musically she’s really not. This isn’t something that couldn’t have come from the mouth of a Monica or Mariah. The sound is pretty much typical pop music from the era, with a omnipresent, bass-heavy production and a hip-hop influence. Her voice is pretty much typical pop act, maybe a bit more mature than some of them, but she isn’t really too far out on the edge of the musical firmament. The video does have a bizarre non sequitur that tries to cram in some Latin references, but it doesn’t fit – it actually sounds like a major audio glitch on the part of the people putting the video together – and Lopez is much more comfortable being a pretty typical American pop star than part of some kind of musical movement.
If You Had My Love isn’t on the vanguard, and I don’t think Lopez particularly wants to be. She’s a pop act and actress swinging for mainstream success, and her music is a competently assembled bid for that mainstream acceptability.