Tricky Stewart Explains Giving Brandy Record to Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez and Brandy

There has been much talk about the origin of Jennifer Lopez’s first single “Louboutins.” The producer behind the track, Tricky Stewart, is setting the record straight on how the designer heels ended up on J.Lo’s feet.

“We originally wrote the song for Brandy and when Brandy’s situation kinda fell apart over at [Epic Records], there was an opportunity for us to place the record on J.Lo’s album,” Stewart explains to Rap-Up.com. Brandy was previously signed to Epic, currently home to Lopez.

The Grammy winner describes what it was like to collaborate with J.Lo on “Louboutins,” for which she will shoot a video next month. “I’ve always been a fan of hers and have so much respect for her career, how she’s put it together, and where she’s come from,” he says. “It was a great opportunity and she sounded amazing on the record, and [Epic] obviously already loved the record ’cause they loved it for Brandy. So once we got it sounding great, it seemed like a no-brainer that it would be the first single.”

Tricky and his hitmaking partner The-Dream contributed other material to the superstar’s new project, but he didn’t know if it would make the cut. “We did do other songs, but I don’t want to say our other songs are on there and they’re not.”

Rap-Up.com was one of the first media outlets to hear nine tracks from Lopez’s seventh studio album Love?, due in April. Click here to read our preview.

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38 Comments

  1. They Call me Mister

    I just want to hear Brandy’s version cause J-ho’s version is beyond dull.

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  2. BitchBooBYE

    The song sucks regardless. Tricky always over hype his songs and it never live up to the hype. I’m sure Brandy’s version is 3423545x better than J. Lo’s though.

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  3. Lorin

    Totally agree. the song is as exciting as watching Tyra Banks show next year…oh wait we wont be.

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  4. Dave

    Jennifer’s version >>

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  5. 10 is ciaras

    Brandy prob woulda been better…
    No sweat foe brandy though, cus dat song came out last month and still aint debuted on hot 100, and is under 100 on iTunes

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  6. Billy

    I’m not sure what Epic’s on, but this song is the epitome of mediocrity, so I’m not sure why they loved it so much.

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  7. GeeMan

    Good luck to Jlo but that song is not a good look,hopefully she finds music success again that she craves but I am not looking forward to another Jlo album or movie for that matter.

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  8. ...

    i think the song suits jennifer more, lyrically and stylistically. i couldn’t hear brandy talk about her louboutins and take it seriously. i guess just because i expect jennifer to do this type of material and brandy to have deeper thoughts, y’know?

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    Joyams Reply:

    @…, i totally agree, that’s what i was thinking while reading all the comments, this song is clearly more adapted for lopez, and when i heard the song was at first for brandy, i was like…Yeah right…

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  9. R-D

    smart move for BranBran cause that song is a flop (like the girl who sing it)…

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  10. Catie

    I personally love the song and i can’t really imagine anyone but Jennifer singing it. I actually bought it on iTunes earlier.

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  11. Kyle

    This song definitely suits Jennifer’s style more than Brandy’s. But with the subject matter of the song, it seems like this would better suit a newer artist; not a veteran in her late 30′s like J.Lo. From the moment I heard it I thought it was super cheesy.

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  12. BEYONCE IT ALL ABOUT BEY

    THAT WHY YOU WRITE YOUR OWN SONG’S IF YOU ARE NOT BEYONCE

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    Amelie Reply:

    @BEYONCE IT ALL ABOUT BEY,
    the dream and tricky , made and write all song for everybody !! it the same for everybody !! brandy writ no words in this song …

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  13. BEYONCE IT ALL ABOUT BEY

    BEYONCE WOULDN’T WANT THIS LAME ASS SONG BUT SHE PROBABLY WOULD HAVE MADE IT HOTER

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    Amelie Reply:

    @BEYONCE IT ALL ABOUT BEY,
    Bee is married and sing about “Single ladies” LMAO ^^

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  14. Giselle

    The song wouldn’t sound right or fit Brandy’s singing style. Brandy just shouldn’t make club or dance songs. Jennifer obviously fits the song more. If Brandy were to sing this song and make it a single it would flop. Just sayin’…

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  15. dr

    THAT SONG IS BENEATH BRANDY. I CANT BELIEVE HE EVEN THOUGHT OF GIVIN IT TO HER. DAMN DUMB ASS.
    THATS WHY BRANDY IS NOT SELLING CAUSE OF JERKOFFS LIKE HIM.

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    christian Reply:

    @dr, what ur saying makes no sense. tricky hasn’t even placed a track on a brandy album. how can he be responsible for her sales?

    its really not that serious, calm down.

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  16. nemo

    nope j.lo version will be better
    j.lo has urban-ish pop style
    while brandy is our r&b girl

    “Louboutins” is dance-pop song so j.lo version will definitely be better but the song is also a dud. Release a new song J.LO you have time!

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    BitchBooBYE Reply:

    @nemo, Sweetie, J Lo sucks.
    The song is garbage and J Lo is finish. Brandy can do any genre of music and make it hot.
    When Brandy’s version leaks, then you’ll see which version is better and definitely won’t be J LO’s.
    BTW, Brandy is on J Lo’s version. Listen closely to the background vocals…all Brandy! So regardless, Brandy will be getting paid!!

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  17. test123

    I totally agree @Dr!

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  18. KNUCK

    Brandy hasn’t really been classified as R&B since her debut. She’s basically one of the first pop princesses. Never Say Never anyone? But I mean obviously she still has an R&B base.

    Anyway, about Louboutins- The song is lukewarm, but I’m sure Brandy murdered it. Brandy is more than capable of ripping uptempo songs, or club bangers as some might say. My mind always goes to “I Thought” but she has others. I like J. Lo, but I can’t go along with someone saying a song “isn’t Brandy’s style”.. every song is her style. Lyrically, it’s very basic… but for a song about a triflin man, what more needs to be said? The song is really not about shoes.

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  19. Amelie

    You known what , when i heard the song , it was so JLO style , with a little amerie style .

    I can’t believe , today again , that is was a song for brandy .

    This post proove brandy had no power on her songs and her upcoming album , if she no write and produced her songs.

    Remenber HATERS : Jlo is not a singer for you LMAO

    JLO CO MON ON EUROPE !!!! USA IS A SHIT

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    KNUCK Reply:

    @Amelie, girl Brandy has power over her stuff. Of course the record company has to approve of your stuff, but she records hundreds of songs between albums; you can tell from all the songs that are leaking every week. Anyway, she is no longer with Epic so let’s move on with her.

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    Amelie Reply:

    @KNUCK, You USA Guys , had so many problems on music . Here in europe we love just a good music we don’t care about the producers, like louboutins. You had no flavor !

    Leave alone J-lo , and let’s her had a music career in europe and japan , like KYLIE MINOGUE or ANASTACIA.

    Usa , denny J-lo talent’s , we don’t care about USA point of view .

    You blame J-lo because she sing sometime in playback when she dance, But no Janet jackson because she is a MJ little sisters , no Britney because she is britney , no madonna because she is madonna . USA is just a SHIT .

    Remenbers Haters : J-lo is not a singer 4 u LMAO !!! you lost your times !! so let’s move on with her

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    KNUCK Reply:

    @Amelie, girl..

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    Amelie Reply:

    @KNUCK, it’s just my opinion , nobody can take my freedom expression…bye knuck

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    Sunny Reply:

    @Amelie, I understand that it’s your opinion and that you think music in America is lacking flavor and color right now. I definitely agree with you. But that doesn’t mean you gotta hate on the whole country.

    You talk as if every one in Europe loves good music–what about that Eurotrash dance music that’s only good for raves? Critically, it’s not good music, yet it keeps coming out of Europe.

    I’m not trying to turn this into USA vs. Europe in music, but I’m just saying that you need to chill out a bit.

    For sure, mainstream R&B, Hip-Hop, and Pop in America is losing it’s shine–it’s nothing like it used to be in the late 80s and early-mid 90s. But no reason to call USA “a shit”.

    Amelie Reply:

    @Amelie,

    I agree , i was nervous when i write this. I would like say “USA MUSIC INDUSTRY IS A SHIT”
    Radio play just radio commercial everytime , country music and T0P 10 music .

    Always the same , USA denny amerie talent , teairra mari and many else . And prefer rihanna or beyoncé.

    Co mon , american guys , change ur point of view.

    I begin to wonder , if for example AMERIE had a music career in europe , she will be fine a BIG SUCCES here. because in USA , there is just a place for rihanna , gaga and beyoncé.

    So sad , for many artist that America delete ….

  20. BitchBooBYE

    J Lo sucks. She will never ever come close to Brandy. All J Ho is good for using recycled songs.

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  21. Moni

    i can’t see Brandy singin’ this song. i’m glad she didn’t get it. i can’t believe he wrote this for Brandy. LOL, it’s not her style. she does music with so much meaning. i freakin’ love her. get into Brandy yall. you’re missin’ out on some good music. even her unreleased stuff sh*ts on the industry. Brandy is a beast. :)

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  22. J-Wellz

    I ALL HOPE IS THAT ALL BOTH J.LO & BRANDY FIND THEIR WAY BACK 2 THE TOP.BUT BRANDY NEEDS 2 MAKE ANOTHER “FULL MOON” ALBUM.DAT ALBUM WAS DA SHIT….CAN’T FIND THE WORDS FOR J.LO

    BUT I WANNA KNO WAT HE HAS DONE FOR MA WIFE CIARA NEW ALBUM.

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  23. fi

    Why would Jennifer want to sing anyway? she had her 15 minutes…look at ashanti…even she noticed how to shut the fuck up…bad singer, had her chance to make cash, shut up and enjoy the millions!

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  24. Stayafro33

    Brandy verson wid a drop of a Bran Nu verse wud suit brandy and her nu swagg! I can see y some say that this track suits J-lo and in does, but i just KNW that the brandy/bran Nu version would be sick!

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  25. TLMusik

    @ Giselle It’s funny you say that if Brandy had the song it would flop, well J.Lo has it and it has yet to see the Billboard…

    And I can agree that Brandy is more deeper than designer heels, but are y’all not reading???? He said they wrote the song FOR BRANDY…So obviously they saw something in her, and so did Epic since they gave it to Jennifer after Brandy left…And people who actually heard Bran’s version says it sounds totally different and she’s even rapping on a verse..

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  26. nikeboy1988

    J. Lo is always taking other people songs and releasing them as singles? Can she not release a song that isnt already recorded or taken by another artisit? Or maybe that’s just how the music business works. And i’m not talking about demos- i’m talking about FULL SONGS RECORDED BY OTHER ARTIST- ex: “Get Right” was recorded by Usher, and she used it. I like her songs- but just get an original song, or write your own.

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  27. BrandyNMonicaStan

    I am so glad Brandy didn’t use this song cuz it sucks!! Brandy is waaaayyy more better than that song !!! Look at what’s done 4 J. Lo ! The song overall is just whack!!

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