Jennifer Lopez Worked With Dr. Luke On Her New Song … Kinda
By now you’ve probably heard Jennifer Lopez’s new song, “Ain’t Your Mama,” a handclap-heavy feminist anthem about a woman resisting her man’s attempts to turn her into his dish-washing, laundry-doing mother. Co-written by Meghan Trainor, “Ain’t Your Mama” might have been a celebrated moment of girl-powered synergy between two pop stars – if not for the fact that Dr. Luke happens to be the song’s producer and co-writer. Ew.
Dr. Luke, of course, has been accused by Kesha of sexual and emotional abuse, and the pop star’s attempts to get out of her contract with his label, Kemosabe Records, and its parent company, Sony Music Group, have made headlines for the last year and a half. So, Dr. Luke’s association with “Ain’t Your Mama” has understandably made some people upset — but Trainor says that J. Lo shouldn’t be their target.
Lopez has been criticized for working with Dr. Luke despite the allegations against him, especially when so many other women in the music industry – like Adele, Ariana Grande, Lady Gaga, Kelly Clarkson and Taylor Swift — have shown their solidarity with Kesha. But Trainor says that Lopez didn’t know Dr. Luke was involved because she was the one who sent her the song in the first place. Trainor told Digital Spy:
“I texted her the song and she had no idea — she thought I did it alone by myself at my house, which a lot of people think because I do do that. … I sent it to her and said, ‘Do you like the song?’ and she said, ‘I love the song, my kid loves the song — he’s made me play it five times already so I know it’s a hit — when can I cut it?’, so I said immediately, ‘Whenever you want!'”
Now, at some point J. Lo had to have known Dr. Luke was involved, being that he’s the producer and his name is on the song’s credits and Lopez can read – but Trainor’s point is that Jennifer didn’t reach out to Dr. Luke or record the song because of his involvement.
“[It was] not fair on her, not at all…,” Trainor said about the criticism of Lopez. “I felt terrible when Jennifer got all the hate for [‘Ain’t Your Mama’], and it’s just all ridiculous. It’s such a big song for her.”
Trainor doesn’t explain, however, how she ended up cowriting the original song with Dr. Luke, but by following the money — ALWAYS. FOLLOW. THE. MONEY. – you don’t have to go very far to find your answer. Trainor is signed to Epic Records, which is also under the Sony umbrella, and Dr. Luke is their exclusive golden boy. Trainor didn’t say this, but it’s very likely neither she or even Luke was really involved in the song-writing setup. Those decisions, like pretty much all others, were likely made by the people holding the purse strings, and their continued support of Dr. Luke’s career should be the focus of any ire.
Honestly, what’s done is done – if you can, do your best to forget that Dr. Luke’s grubby paws are all over “Ain’t Your Mama,” because that track is hot, not gonna lie.