Album: J to tha L–O! The Remixes
Producer: Troy Oliver, Cory Rooney, L.E.S.
Lopez’s airy voice turned out to be the perfect foil for Ja Rule’s thug-love rasp. While the original “I’m Real” is fine, the remix is a classic because of how it captures the naivete of summer love. It’s all about that hook: Ja Rule and Lopez trade a romantic back-and-forth, before coming together to harmonize: “And IIIII/Can’t gooooo on/Without yooouuuu.” The video is a gem, too.—is there a more early-’00s image than Ja Rule in a headband and J. Lo in a pink velour suit?