Meghan trainor wants you to stop blaming j. Lo for working with dr. Luke
Last week (April 7), Jennifer Lopez released her first single of 2016, “Ain’t Your Mama”: a fun, flippant song about defying gender roles that just happened to be produced by Dr. Luke.
Lopez became the target of plenty of side-eyes once that production credit came to light given that Dr. Luke is currently embroiled in a legal battle with Kesha, who alleges that the producer drugged, raped, and emotionally abused her during the course of their work together. Luke’s production credits have been few and far between lately, but J.Lo’s latest shows that he can still get work making beats for high-profile pop singers.
Speaking to Digital Spy and other press, “Ain’t Your Mama” co-writer Meghan Trainor defended Lopez for working with Luke, claiming that she didn’t know who was behind the beats when she agreed to perform the song.
“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,” said Trainor. “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!’”
As for the controversy around the track, Trainor added, “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 probably didn’t seek Luke out for “Ain’t Your Mama” herself; she’s signed to Epic Records, which is owned by Sony, just like Luke’s Kemosabe Records is. There was likely some pressure for the collab coming from on high, but it still sends a very different message than the multiple stars who have supported Kesha morally, verbally, and financially.