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    Nicki Minaj Starts Ridiculous Giuseppe Zanotti Feud

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    Like Miley Cyrus before him, shoe designer Giuseppe Zanotti has just been "What's good?"ed by Nicki Minaj.

    The rap sensation started beef earlier today when she called the designer out on his use of her name in over twenty-three of his designs. Predictably taking to Twitter to throw around her accusations, the rapper accused Zanotti of "racism and disrespect" for avoiding her phone calls in regards to the use of her name.

    Zanotti is known for regularly dedicating the style names of his shoes to certain female celebrities, with names such as Jen, Betty, Bridget and Andrea populating the products section on his website. At the time of Nicki's tweets, Zanotti had a total of twenty-three shoes with the name "Nicki" on his website: although it's never been clearly stated how many of these are dedicated to Minaj specifically. Minaj has no rights to the shoes and has apparently not been consulted after the first pair of shoes was named after her.

    According to Nicki, she had met Zanotti years before, at which point he told her that she had inspired him to design a sneaker in her honour; the same pair she would go on to wear on the cover of Cosmo. In an interview with Footwear News magazine, the designer said, "I love a lot of celebrities, especially from the music world: Beyoncé, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Alicia Keys and Kanye West. They are style icons and have great talent. Their music entwines with art and entertainment, so they can be inspirational for a designer". Minaj referenced the shoes in her hit single 'Pound the Alarm', with the line "Skeeza, pleeza, I'm in Ibiza/Giuseppe Zanotti, my own sneaker". 

    Everything seemed to be okay until Zanotti announced a capsule collection in partnership with Jennifer Lopez earlier this year. Nicki reached out to Zanotti's team with the intention of suggesting her own collaboration, but was apparently told that the shoemaker would not take her call, and she took to Twitter to vent her frustrations. For her part Jennifer, who has recently started dating Minaj's eternal love interest Drake, has apparently called the remarks "petty".

    Ever the class act, Minaj later suggested that the duo match it out in the boxing ring.

    In a testament to her international fanbase, the hashtag started by Minaj - #GiuseppeWhatsGood - later became a worldwide trending topic. It was later revealed that Zanotti's team had also pulled all twenty-three of the shows named "Nicki" down from their website.

    For our part, we think Nicki needs to take several steps back (preferably not while wearing her Zanotti's) and realise how much of a first world problem this is. There are people in the world who would be glad to have a pair of dollar store sandals on their feet and artists who would be hugely honoured to have a design named after them, which makes us wonder why Minaj is taking the issue so personally. It sounds to us more like a case of bitterness and upset that Zanotti's team don't think her relevant or talented enough to work together rather than a case of disrespect as Minaj claims - and exploding into rants about sexism and racism isn't doing much to help her situation.

    What do you think about the beef? Does Nicki have a point about Zanotti's use of her name or has she let the fame go to her head? Let us know in the comments down below!

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    5 hours ago, Tweener said:

    She should delete herself from this business. Another ridiculous feud made up by her. She should just stop.

    I disagree. I actually think that's pretty rude that they're using her name to brand things, then refusing to even speak to her? Racist, no, but still a pretty shitty thing to do.

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    6 minutes ago, PrettyBitch said:

    I disagree. I actually think that's pretty rude that they're using her name to brand things, then refusing to even speak to her? Racist, no, but still a pretty shitty thing to do.

    Kinda, but if every A-list celebrity bothered about such stuff, it would be a mess. Bitch needs to have some distance..

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    3 minutes ago, Tweener said:

    Kinda, but if every A-list celebrity bothered about such stuff, it would be a mess. Bitch needs to have some distance..

    At least she's not having a total meltdown like she does sometimes.

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    21 hours ago, PrettyBitch said:

    I disagree. I actually think that's pretty rude that they're using her name to brand things, then refusing to even speak to her? Racist, no, but still a pretty shitty thing to do.

    She should be flattered they even know who she is. :vacuum: Zanotti is an iconic brand and it's an honour to have one of their shoes named after you! I'll agree it might be rude of them to not speak to her, but for all we know the guy was dealing with a family crisis at the time and couldn't spend hours talking to her about a project...We don't know the full situation and neither does she.

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    1 hour ago, NickiWinAgain said:

    sis, she just want her money, not that deep

    What money though? She didn't have a thing to do with the shoes or the promotion other than the name "Nicki" it's not named Minaj so she doesn't have a case on this one.

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      Mariah Carey - Caution
      It's safe to say that Caution was one of the world's least hyped albums in 2018. Following her disastrous New Year's Eve performance back in 2016, an ill-advised reality show and the false start that was 'I Don't', even Mariah's most diehard fans were wary to see what she had up her sleeve for her fifteenth studio album. Luckily, Mariah seemed quick to snap to her senses and managed to release an album that made the world fall in love with her again.
      From start to finish, Caution manages to simultaneously encapsulate the 90s image of Mariah that is well known and well loved, while still sounding fresh and current. Take our first taste of the album 'GTFO', which by all accounts should have been a tryhard mess that wouldn't be astray on Me. I Am Mariah...The Elusive Chanteuse. But don't let the title fool you; 'GTFO' is a down-tempo, moody heartbreak song, which is only slightly offset by it's alternatively angsty or comedic chorus. 'GTFO' wasn't a hit for Mariah, but it did reach meme status, which is a step up for her in 2018; and we wouldn't be surprised if future hit 'A No No' managed to to the same. Even if she doesn't quite achieve that, Mariah has still gifted her fans with a handful of her famed heartbreak ballads to enjoy: from stirring lead single 'With You' to the intensely vulnerable 'Portrait'. Caution may not have been a smash album, but if nothing else it did what might have once been considered impossible: it changed the public's perception of one of the most misunderstood singers in music history, and set her up for future wins. Let's hope it doesn't take another four years for Mariah to bask in them.
      What was your favourite album of 2018? Let us know in the comments down below!

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