So THIS Is Why Mariah Carey & J. Lo Have Had Tension For Over A Decade

Posted On : November 27, 2015

fb mariah and jennifer lopezIt has often been whispered about behind the scenes of the music industry that Mariah Carey and Jennifer Lopez have had a long standing beef for over 10 years. In fact, their beef dates back to 2002 and based on the most recent glimpse of J.Lo’s dry response to Mariah’s performance at this year’s Billboard Music Awards, the feud is still in full force like it just happened yesterday.

Mariah Carey and her then husband/former Sony music exec, Tommy Mottola
Mariah Carey and her then husband/former Sony music exec, Tommy Mottola

The feud was reportedly sparked by Mariah’s ex-husband and then Sony Music exec (whom Michael Jackson also couldn’t stand), Tommy Mottola, allegedly doing some shady business in a quest to sabotage Mariah’s project, Glitter. According to Murder Inc. label owner, Irv Gotti, Tommy Mottola called him up and wanted a collabo’ between J. Lo and Ja Rule to sound a lot like the one Ja Rule had just recorded with Mariah for her Glitter movie and soundtrack. Here’s how it all went down according to Irv and Fox News:

Not only was a song sample Carey intended to use taken from Glitter, but a concept as well.

All of this has to do with Lopez’s hit song, “I’m Real,” which in fact is two different songs.

On Lopez’s album J.LO, “I’m Real” appears as an upbeat dance number. There’s no rapping or male vocal accompaniment. The record does sample the old disco song, “Firecracker.”

Jennifer Lopez and rapper, ja Rule in the "I'm Real" video
Jennifer Lopez and rapper, ja Rule in the “I’m Real” video

The remixed “I’m Real,” which was released a few weeks later, is quite different. It’s a slow give and take duet between Lopez and rapper Ja Rule. This version became Lopez’s hit single. Two songs, one title.

For Glitter, Mariah Carey had found the “Firecracker” sample and recorded it on her soundtrack as “Loverboy.” For another Glitter track called “If We,” she and Ja Rule recorded a slow give and take vocal. On J.LO, the upbeat “I’m Real” ripped off Carey’s planned — and subsequently…

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