On The 6
Released in 1999, 16 tracks, 71 min
"On The 6"
20 Years of ‘On the 6’: How Jennifer Lopez made an impact in my life
I remember clearly how I first encountered the name Jennifer Lopez. I was at home watching TV with my parents when a news special about the autobiography film of the late Latina icon ‘Selena’ will finally be shown in the theaters. The actress playing the lead role is a mere newbie in the movie business. Although I wasn’t that familiar with Selena’s music and her impact to the Latino community, the actress named Jennifer Lopez has the looks, charisma and talent that the late Selena has. A couple more movies after, the actress who once played the role of a singer is now a singer making her own name in the music industry. She will no longer be known as ‘the girl who played Selena’. Nah, she’s Jennifer Lopez!
Jennifer Lopez: On the 6’s Remarkable Journey
In her interviews, Jennifer Lopez often mentioned that she named her debut album ‘On the 6’ because she used to ride on Subway 6 in New York City during her humble days while chasing her dreams either from Manhattan or from her hometown, the Bronx. Just like her journey to the movie business, pursuing a music career via On the 6 is a big risk on her part. It can either make or break her career. Lucky for Jennifer Lopez that her debut album showcased what she can offer to the world and it welcomed her with open arms – and more! Listening to Jennifer Lopez’ ‘On the 6’ album is like watching a variety show – there’s latin dance music, feel-good tunes and romantic songs that will either make you fall in love or question your relationship. In short, there’s a song for everyone. It seems that the producers really made sure that this debut album will make Jennifer Lopez the most recognizable name in the music industry that time. They’re not here to play it safe – the girl from the Bronx will prove to the world that Latina singers will soon dominate the charts and the trend will start with her! When I saw Jennifer’s music video for “If You Had My Love” for the first time, I became mesmerized with her. It is not usual that you see someone with the same skin color (I’m from the Philippines, but during that time, brown-skinned pop stars were rare in the mainstream music scene) singing, dancing and oozing with sex appeal and confidence. Add the fact that the theme of the music video where a visitor of her fan site (Adam Rodriguez of Magic Mike) can access the ‘rooms’ where Jennifer trying different types of dances. During that time, I was so fascinated on how this Latina performer was able to show her dancing skills in one futuristic video. Wow. What a trendsetter! Another thing that I admired about Jennifer initially is starting a new territory at 29 years old, which is already considered by some as ‘old’ since Pop Princesses like Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera were introduced in the market during this time too.
Waiting for Tonight: Celebrating Y2K with a Bang!
I was in the hospital when the music video of ‘Waiting for Tonight’ was launched in MTV (no YouTube yet, kids!). I wait in anticipation and even made a simple choreography of the song in time for our Christmas party in school days after my operation! Back then, there were rumors that it might be ‘the end of the world’ once we reach year 2000 – Millennium is a sketchy time for kids during that time! So what did Jennifer do? She released a sexy yet classy music video for ‘Waiting for Tonight’. The scene where the party crowd are waiting for the New Year Countdown is my favorite. What if it is really the end of the world? Why not end it in a happy note? Again, me and my friends tried to copy her dance steps in the video. It also inspired me to write some songs and be creative when performing onstage.
Introducing Latin Music to the World
I will be honest here: Prior to Jennifer’s entry in the music scene, the only other Latin pop star that I am familiar with are Gloria Estefan and Ricky Martin. My mother was a fan of Gloria Estefan and she used to play her songs at home, while Ricky Martin was a big deal back then due to the success of his comeback single ‘Maria’. He had to have a female counterpart and that was our queen Jennifer Lopez. In Asia alone, her song ‘Let’s Get Loud’ (originally intended for Gloria Estefan) became one of the most played songs of 2000. We also performed this in a school fair and it encouraged us to have fun and really get loud!
Other Noteworthy Tracks from On The 6
On the 6 album is not completely an all-dance album. In fact, there are a number of songs for the dreamers, the romantics and the brokenhearted ones. My top favorite track in this album is ‘Feelin’ So Good’. This is the type of song that you must play whenever you wake up early in the morning to start work. It will influence you to look at things in a brighter perspective. I tried listening to this song while commuting to school in my CD Man. It is my go-to song for positive vibes. Jennifer Lopez recorded the Spanish track ‘No Me Ames’ with her soon-to-be-husband-then-ex Mark Anthony. The collaboration was a big hit in the Latin market. Her rendition of the classic ‘Theme from Mahogany (Do You Know Where You’re Going To?)’ is often sung by young girls. ‘Talk About Us’ is for two individuals who need to talk and discuss if they want to take their relationship on the next level or not. ‘Could This Be Love?’ is surely the top pick of the hopeless romantics out there. Whew! The 20 year musical journey via ‘On the 6’ is truly a memorable ride! JLO (I can finally use that nick name!) doesn’t seem to age, doesn’t she? Our Queen is unstoppable at 49!
J. Lo Joins A Stellar List Of Talented Actresses Who Have Hit Music Albums
Jennifer Lopez is featured prominently in Janet Jackson’s video for her megahit “That’s the Way Love Goes” way back in 1994. She even has a line in the video where she and the other back-up dancers are talking to Janet. At that time, I didn’t know she was in that video. It was only pointed out to me when she really hit big time as a singer. It just goes to show that in showbiz, you really have to start somewhere, you really have to pay your dues – and J. Lo definitely did. I first saw her in the fun “kill that snake” movie Anaconda in 1997 which had a host of A-list and eventual A-list actors – Jon Voight, Eric Stoltz, Ice Cube, and Owen Wilson, fighting the monster snake in the jungles of the Amazon. Her acting was praised in the movie Selena where she portrayed the fallen singer Selena Perez. That movie gave her a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy. In 1999, she embarked on a new journey in her career and released her debut album aptly titled On the 6, which she said refers to the train she took when she had dance auditions in New York. What a way to pay homage from your past! Anyway, she was already a famous actress by that time, and her pleasing debut album contained all the right type of songs that would endear her not only to her film fans but now fans who are into her music!
J. Lo Capitalizes On Her Latina Roots To Bring Her Music To A Worldwide Audience
Ask any Filipino what Jennifer Lopez song they love and I am 100% sure, most of them would answer “Let’s Get Loud” which was a monster hit here in the Philippines. My country was under Spanish rule for more than 300 years so we have so much affinity with the Latin American countries, and although we were never taught to speak and write in Spanish by the friars – deeply ingrained in our culture is the Latino blood – and that is seen in how emotional we are and how much we love fiestas and dancing. We are also very religious and Catholicism which was brought here by the Spaniards is the majority religion here. With that cultural background, it was not surprising that that J. Lo song exploded here in Manila. At its peak, it was danced virtually everywhere – from the dance classes in the gym, to my Mom’s ballroom dances and practically in all the popular daily and noontime TV variety shows. It was inescapable to say the least. It really cemented her popularity here. Interestingly, that bodacious body of hers also influenced a lot of women here to visit their favorite plastic surgeons. Nothing like a perfect booty to go with that hit song!
J. Lo Provided The Ultimate Party Song To End The 20th Century And Welcome The New Millennium
Jennifer Lopez had the foresight to include a song that became very popular as the last century ended. The song “Waiting for Tonight” is also in this album and it became the most played song during New Year’s Eve 2000! Everyone was so excited (and scared at the same time) to welcome the new century. At that time, there was a computer scare called the Y2K bug and it was supposed to wreak havoc on all the world’s computer systems. Thankfully, it never happened and all that worrying we all had had come to nothing. At that time, I was only in my late 20s and I was a party animal who was always present in the dance club on weekends. My family and I attended a New Year’s Eve party in one of the hotels here in Manila to welcome the auspicious year of 2000 – goodbye to the last century and welcome the new millennium. There, J. Lo’s “Waiting for Tonight” and its Spanish version, “Una Noche Mas” and all their different remixes were played all throughout the night. Everybody loved it! I love the Spanish version as well. J. Lo had the perfect song for all of us to dance to as we ushered in the new millennium. Welcoming that New Year was really so much fun and memorable too!
A Host Of Solid Songs Make ‘On the 6’ A Delightful Aural Trip
One of the strengths of Jennifer Lopez’ debut album is that it mixes the right musical genres that make J. Lo sound good and this includes pop, R&B, dance and Latin music. Her pop, R&B, and Latin-infused musical style can be found in several songs in the album. A good example of a great pop-R&B song is this one entitled “Feelin’ So Good”. In the video, J. Lo makes a tribute to rapper Big Pun who died that year of heart failure. It was a very good song and it was popular in the dance clubs here. I really enjoyed dancing to it every time the DJ plays it. What I like about J. Lo as a singer is that she plays to her strengths. She knows that she doesn’t have the vocal power of Celine Dion, so she chooses songs that are within the octave of her voice. She also dances really well so she picks the right dance songs that can showcase the assets of her gorgeous body - nothing too fancy in the choreography because she knows everyone is just eager for her to shake her booty. She also gives the Diana Ross classic “Theme From Mahogany (Do You Know Where You’re Going to)” a try and she doesn’t change much in the song – she just ensures the fact that she is singing it within her indicated octave. including “Should’ve Never” which is a sexy teasing number that is right along her alley.
J. Lo Spreads The Gospel Of Latin Music
Being a Latina, it is not surprising that Jennifer Lopez wears her heritage on her sleeve and is extremely proud of her Puerto Rican roots. She parlays that influence into two songs in Spanish in her debut album. “No Me Ames”, her collaboration with another popular singer in the Latin music world, Marc Anthony and the Spanish version of her hit “Waiting for Tonight” which is “Una Noche Mas”. For me, “No Me Ames” is one of the best songs by J. Lo, as she and Marc Anthony sing to each other really well in this song. Even though my Spanish is rusty, this is one of my favorite non-English songs and if it’s in the karaoke track list, I will definitely sing it!
Official Music Videos
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- May 31, 1999
- Randall Barlow
- Darrell "Digga" Branch
- Sean "Puffy" Combs
- Loren Dawson
- Lawrence P. Dermer
- Emilio Estefan Jr.
- Rodney Jerkins
- Richie Jones
- Jennifer Lopez
- George Noriega
- Poke and Tone
- Lance "Un" Rivera
- Cory Rooney
- Kike Santander
- Dan Shea
- Ric Wake
- Alvin West
- Juan Vincente Zambrano
On the 6 is the debut studio album by American singer and actress Jennifer Lopez. It was released on June 1, 1999, by the Work Group. A Spanish edition of the album was released on November 24, 1999. Lopez worked with several producers on the album, including Rodney Jerkins, Cory Rooney, Dan Shea and her boyfriend at the time, rapper and record producer Sean "Puffy" Combs.Continue reading at Wikipedia...