It was 2003.
Angelina Jolie kissed her brother, James, at the Oscars. Madonna kissed Britney Spears at the VMAs. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix was published. UGG released its iconic baby pink boot. Beyoncé and Jay-Z were “Crazy in Love.” The Dixie Chicks were ashamed of George W. Bush.
And in 2003, Latinas such as Jennifer López and Christina Aguilera were dominating the charts.
That same year, highly-acclaimed Mexican singer and telenovela actress Thalía stormed the US with her crossover studio album.
However, Thalía was not new to this industry. Thalía, her english-language album, was her eighth studio album as a solo artist. Previously, Thalía was part of international beloved ’80s pop band, Timbiriche. In addition, Thalía was internationally known for her telenovela success.
Four singles were released from Thalía. Yet, the most memorable was “I Want You” featuring Fat Joe.
“I Want You” is an up-tempo R&B song sampling a “A little Bit of Love” by Brenda Russell. It was a feel-good catchy song of the summer.
Fat Joe had a pivotal contribution as one of the writers and performers of the track.
“I Want You” perfectly mapped how the early ’00s beautifully intertwined latinx and hip-hop culture in mainstream channels.
Other examples include J.Lo featuring LL Cool JJ in “All I have” and Fat Joe featuring Ashanti in “What’s Luv?”
Thalía did not release another English language album. In 2015, Thalía launched her apparel collection for Macy’s. Fat Joe, Puerto Rican and Cuban rapper from South Bronx, had a six-year album hiatus. In 2016, Fat Joe released Plata o Plomo, and with it, the single “All the Way Up” with Remy Ma. The single majestically reached charts around the world, becoming Fat Joe’s first top 40 hit since 2007. What a comeback!
Without a doubt, the early ’00s gave us some of our favorite songs!