Jennifer Lopez & Pitbull’s “Live It Up”: Listen To The Obvious Summer Smash

May 8th, 2013 // 5 Comments
Jennifer Lopez Pitbull "Live It Up" Lyric Video
Hashtag Live It Up

Here’s the good news about the new single from walking bronzer advertisement Jennifer Lopez and her bestie, predatory pair of aviator sunglasses with the world’s shiniest head Pitbull: Despite what J.Lo been tweeting (and the first visual in the lyric video), this song is called “Live It Up,” not “#LiveItUp,” as we’d suspected, which spares us some “#Beautiful”-level indignity.

And as it turns out, the song itself is as thrilling as highly derivative dance-pop gets: A monstrous summery club smash produced by RedOne that follows in the footsteps of “On the Floor” and “Dance Again.”

There’s Pitbull dropping embarrassing-and-wonderful lines like, “She’s screaming ‘YOLO!’” and “Jenny from the Block, let’s rock.” There’s J.Lo dropping lusty double entendres about things blowing and spots being hit. There’s a thunderous, clattering pre-chorus which leads into a massive euphoric refrain. “Make love, don’t fight,” Pitbull says, followed by a kissing noise, the sound of a bottle popping, and then he whispers, “Let’s fuck tonight,” prompting the noisiest, most bonkers house break of the summer, which sounds more like it belongs in a grimy Munich warehouse dance party than on the beaches of Miami. It’s an appealingly weird moment that elevates the song beyond its mostly-pedestrian sound, and makes it something I’ll more than happily tolerate in the clurb this summer.

Someday we’ll be rid of you, Mr. Worldwide, but that day is not today. Watch the lyric video up top.

What do you think of the new track? Let us know in the comments below, or on Twitter or Facebook.

  1. Abby G

    Sam Lansky, you do know that the song doesn’t actually have a hashtag in it, right? #Beautiful does, Live It Up doesn’t (see its cover art) Many people add hashtags on twitter and on YouTube, doesn’t mean the song actually has a hashtag. Please correct this!

  2. Marie800

    It’s awful! generic, outdated and let’s not discuss the lyrics. “Let’s f** tonight”. Really? It will flop like her other singles.

  3. danny

    If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

  4. lovemusic

    My stomach just turned, pitbull is so stinky…he looks like he has an STD and as for Jlo she is Jloco thinking being 43 and including lyrics such as ‘let’s f**k tonight is retriable let alone cool. It will be a hit but at the expense of selling her soul to be popular and relevant.

  5. John

    Looks like after reading the comments on her new song that is’t going to be a hit after all, will have to resort to starting rumors that will need to benefit her career, because whats going on now her career isn’t going no where?????

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