The rapperlike title of Lopez's new disc, which follows her multiplatinum 1999 debut, On the 6
, reflects the Latina diva's desire to be down with the hip-hop crowd favored by her honey, Sean "Puffy" Combs. She may star in major movies (her latest, The Wedding Planner
, just opened) and wrap herself in glamorous Versace dresses, but on such street-edged dance-pop numbers as "Love Don't Cost a Thing" and "I'm Real," she still wants fans to think of her as just the homegirl-next-door.
Such a modest approach allows Lopez to work well within her considerable vocal limitations on J.Lo
. She doesn't reach for higher meaning or emotional depth on such feel-good party jams as "Play" and "Walking on Sunshine" (one of four songs cowritten and coproduced by Combs). And the spicy Spanish-language track "Dame," a duet with Puerto Rican crooner Chayanne, keeps the fiesta going strong.
Bottom Line: Fly girl just wants to have fun