Album: J to tha L-O! The Remixes
Producer: Irv Gotti, Cory Ronney & 7 Aurelius
Ja Rule: “I remember calling Jennifer and telling her, ‘Listen, I’ve got a joint for you. You're going to love this joint.’ She’s like, ‘Sing me the hook.’ So I sang her the hook and she loved it. It was fitting for what she was going through at the moment. When you write records for other artists, you want to get inside their head so you bring out the best in them. If they can’t say it, your job is to say it for them. I think I spoke exactly about what she was trying to say at the moment.
My first line is ‘It must be the a**.’ I thought that would catch people’s attention because, at the time, everybody was making a big deal about her a** but nobody wanted to say it.
“I remember doing the hook, laying the hook, and falling asleep in the studio. I told Ashanti, ‘Go ahead and hit that. Do what you do on that.’ So Ashanti wrote the verse for me. That’s our little secret. It’s not anymore, but at the time it was.
“My first line is ‘It must be the ass.’ I thought that would catch people’s attention because, at the time, everybody was making a big deal about her ass but nobody wanted to say it. Me saying it was a shock, like, ‘Oh shit, he just said that.’ That’s what music’s about: the wow factor, the shock factor. It was catchy because it was a play on [Craig Mack’s] ‘Flava in Ya Ear.’ It all just worked.”