Readers of That Grape Juice know what avid music lovers we are – especially of hits past.
So, just as our retrospective features ‘From the Vault’ and ‘TGJ Replay’ allow us the chance to re-spin the gems and jams of yesterday of one artist, our newest feature Chart Rewind – a variation of our current Retro Rewind assay – accedes salutes to an entire era of music history.
This week we press play on ‘I’m Real’ – a #1 hit for pop star/media mogul Jennifer Lopez found on the remix album ‘J to tha L–O! The Remixes.’ After dethroning then-newcomer Alicia Keys‘ ‘Fallin,’ the song would go on to reign for a non-consecutive 5 weeks (beginning this week in 2001). Although greeted with controversy for Lopez’s use of the ‘n-word’ in the Rick James-sampled number, fans were unmoved and unbothered as they helped hoist its parent album right to the top of the Billboard 200 early the next year – an accomplishment that landed her in the history books as she became the first artist to see a remix album go to #1 on the albums’ chart.
While you get your groove on below to this slick urban number, check to see what number other familiar faces fell on when you peep the Hot 100 from this week in 2001 :