Saturday, May 15, 2021

The Controversy With 50 Cent And Nas Over Jennifer Lopez - I'm Gonna Be Alright


Controversy ensued over the radio and album versions. Epic Records decided to place Nas on the radio version due to his popularity at the time instead of 50 Cent. 50 Cent became angry at "former" friend Nas. Nas threatened him, stating: "So he's like a kid living in a hip-hop fantasy world. J.Lo is a friend of mine, if she wants to do a record, I'm doing a record with her, 50 was like a little brother to me."

In response to 50 Cent's constant slamming of the collaboration, Nas stated: "To sum it all up, 50 is still a new artist. I would say he's got a good five to six more albums before I can really respond to him. With my other battles, it was different. This is not really my thing right here."

50 Cent held no hard feelings towards Jennifer Lopez, but towards Nas only. According to Epic Records, the switch in artists made on the radio version was "purely business." The 50 Cent-featured version appears on the first American pressings of the J to tha L-O!: The Remixes album (the European version and later US pressings feature a no-rap version) while the Nas-featured version appears on the European pressing of Lopez's 2002 album, This Is Me... Then.

The iTunes & Apple Music version only contains a no-rap version, despite the artists title. Of the original song from J.Lo, Tom Sinclair of Entertainment Weekly called the song "upbeat" but noted that: "I'm Gonna Be Alright for instance — which is based on the Sugarhill Gang's 8th Wonder — is attributed to Lopez and eight other writers (presumably making Jen the ninth wonder.)"

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