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Tricky Stewart Predicts J. Lo's "Louboutins" Will Be Big Hit

In case you didn't catch her performance at last night's American Music Awards, Jennifer Lopez is back--with some pretty expensive footwear.

Produced and written by Tricky Stewart and The-Dream, the recently released "Louboutins" is the first official single off the actress-turned-singer's upcoming album, Love. The song is a metaphor for a woman walking out on a no-good man, with the red bottoms on the popular Christian Louboutin heels visible as she struts off.

Stewart has high hopes that the record-which finds Lopez showing no mercy, with lyrics like: "Boy, watch me walk it out / Walk this right up out the house"-will reach "Single Ladies"-type pandemonium.

"If the females get behind it and they really get into the lyrics of what she's saying and the metaphor, I think it could be a really, really big hit for her," Stewart tells VIBE. "Anytime you work with an artist whose platform is so high and she's gonna get exposure, we're just hoping there's a connection with those lyrics coming from her."

Even as it shows love for every celebrity's must-have shoe, "Louboutins" is a female empowerment anthem at its core: "See, some days you would love me, then you don't / Then you do, then you won't / Then you're here, then you're gone / I'm alone, now you got me stressin' out on the phone / But it's the last time, I'm movin' on / I'm throwin' on my Louboutins."

"That was Dream and I just getting in the room and clicking," Stewart says of the song's conception. "We were both on two different keyboards, two different drum machines and once again just got behind the mic and the rest is history."

Before ending up in J. Lo's hands (or feet?), the "Louboutins" track was originally meant for Brandy. "After she lost her deal [with Epic] we didn't want the record to die," Stewart says. "When [Jennifer] heard it, she loved it. She absolutely loved that record. And I love it, too. That's one of my favorite records that we've done."

The duo also produced a track on Love called "Villain," which is about role reversals in a sour relationship. "The girl is talking about how a guy can alienate her," Stewart says. "It's almost like she's the villain even though he's the one that's kinda doing the craziness. It's a darker feel [but] it's an upbeat song, too."

Prior to "Louboutins," Lopez released the Pitbull-assisted song "Fresh out the Oven" as her alter ego Lola. Tricky says his and Dream's partner Kuk Harrell is handling much of the production for the rest of her album. "I heard him working on some of the vocals and she has a lot of really good songs, I will say that," Stewart reveals. "The stuff I heard was really good, really strong."

In addition to Lopez, Stewart is also working on Katy Perry's new project. The two connected through executives at Capitol Records, and the pop star recently Tweeted about being in the studio with Stewart. "I think she's really dope," he says. "I'm just getting into the whole movement but everything from what I see she seems really serious about what she's doing and really dedicated." --Clover Hope

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Meek Mill Responds To Comedian Michael Rapaport's Critique

While Meek Mill's pregame performance at the NBA All-Star game on Sunday (Feb. 17) may have been praised by many on Twitter, there was one person who was not impressed by the Philadelphia rapper's appearance. Comedian/actor Michael Rapaport used his Twitter account to critique Mill, but the latter didn't hold his tongue back either.

"Aye @michaelrapaport don't ever use the word trash when you speaking on nothing from our culture unless you tryna get trashed," Meek wrote. "#2 who gave you authorization to be speaking on us? #3 what you charging now?"

Aye @michealrapaport don’t ever use the word trash when you speaking on nothing from our culture unless you tryna get trashed 🤫 #2 who gave you authorization to be speaking on us? #3 what you charging now? Last time I seen You you wanted a selfie 🥴 be great tho on the net 🤷🏾‍♂️

— Meek Mill (@MeekMill) February 18, 2019

A couple of tweets after his first response to Rapaport, the "Going Bad" rapper posted a picture with the New York City native who he claims "wanted a selfie" with him.

Me:ayo yo who this? Anonymous: I think it’s the guy from white men can jump? Him: meek you so fire you give me that feeling what hip hop is missing ima fan “can I get a selfie”? Hurry up go head 🤦🏾‍♂️ pic.twitter.com/GJoMZotqG9

— Meek Mill (@MeekMill) February 18, 2019

The tweets that got Mill fired up by the 48-year-old entertainer featured references about the rapper's previous beef with Drake and his, in Rapaport's opinion, incapability to rap on beat.

"Where I'm from, if you get dragged by DRAKE & don't respond you're & always will be WACK," Rapaport started.

Where I’m from, if you get dragged by DRAKE & don’t respond you’re & always will be WACK.

At least make it competitive. Re-Up Something

People catching feelings, cause you know I’m right about Meek Mill

— MichaelRapaport (@MichaelRapaport) February 18, 2019

Meek Mill have a hearing problem? Because he rhymes off the actual beat on everything he’s on. Literally off the beat, like NoFlow

— MichaelRapaport (@MichaelRapaport) February 18, 2019

The Next Friday actor has yet to respond to Meek's retort.

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Another One: Bernie Sanders Announces 2020 Presidential Run

After months of speculation, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders officially announced his second Presidential run.

According to CNN, Sanders, 77, made his official bid known in an interview with Vermont Public Radio, and affirmed his 2020 run in a statement to supporters shortly after.

"I am asking you to join me today as part of an unprecedented and historic grassroots campaign that will begin with at least a million people from across the country," he said in the statement.

Sanders won the support of many Americans with his progressive policy agenda, which includes free higher education and health care expansion. He's also reportedly planning to "[transform] the country" with a campaign based upon foundational principles of "economic, social, racial and environmental justice."

In an email sent out to supporters Tuesday (Feb. 19) announcing his run, Sanders called out Donald Trump, stating that he is "a pathological liar, a fraud, a racist, a sexist, a xenophobe and someone who is undermining American democracy as he leads us in an authoritarian direction."

“Women and men, black, white, Latino, Native American, Asian American, gay and straight, young and old, native born and immigrant," he continued in his email. "Now is the time for us to stand together.”

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Karl Lagerfeld, Creative Director Of Chanel And Fendi, Dead At 85

Karl Lagerfeld, the creative director of luxury brands Chanel and Fendi, has died. He was 85 years old, and the news was confirmed by Chanel.

Per The New York Times, while other fashion directors chose to retire, Mr. Lagerfeld continued to work up until his death on Tuesday (Feb. 19) in Paris, designing "an average" of 14 new collections a year on his own, excluding collaborative projects.

"Mr. Lagerfeld never stopped creating," the Times writes of the tireless worker. "He was also a photographer, whose work was exhibited at the Pinacothèque de Paris; a publisher, having founded his own imprint for Steidl, Edition 7L; and the author of a popular 2002 diet book, 'The Karl Lagerfeld Diet,' about how he had lost 92 pounds."

Like many other luxury brands, Chanel and Fendi were loved by hip-hop figures such as Lil Kim, The Notorious B.I.G., Pharrell Williams, Nicki Minaj, Drake, Gucci Mane and more. The fashion houses were also mentioned in songs from artists such as "Still Dipset" by Jim Jones, "Chun-Li" by Nicki Minaj, "Chanel" by Frank Ocean, "She Bad" by Cardi B and many others.

"I was like a nerdy little black kid on a skateboard. So looking at high-end fashion was something that I really didn't understand in the very beginning," said Pharrell in 2017 of Chanel. The musician said that he was introduced to high-fashion through The Notorious B.I.G, and he was the first man to appear in a Chanel handbag campaign. Willow Smith was also named brand ambassador for Chanel in 2017.

Check out some choice Chanel and Fendi fits from hip-hop artists below. Rest in peace, Karl Lagerfeld.

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