Safaree Samuels Spills Nicki Minaj Tea

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As celebrity showdowns tend to start, Nicki Minaj and her ex Safaree Samuels’ own beef first stemmed from twitter last month.  To add insult to injury, a few weeks later comedian Lil Duval was critiquing Safaree Samuels’ rap skills in a music video he recently released, calling Nicki’s ex boo’s rap game “corny”. Nicki responded with a tweet in support of Lil Duval’s personal observations.



Although Safaree said to The Breakfast Club that he wasn’t going to do any interviews on their breakup, Nicki Minaj calling him “corny” and “trying to bring him down” was the final straw that pushed him to do so.

Nicki Minaj seemed to imply without explicitly stating on the Angie Martinez show last month, that her and Safaree’s breakup was due to his lust for fame. She said,

“Sometimes you try to protect your child from something but it’s so much you can do. At a certain point you gotta let them go out and face the world…something is telling you that there’s the bright flashing lights out there that you should have and maybe you missed your calling or something, and that’s the problem.” She then quoted a lyric from Jay Z’s “Lost One” : “Fame is the worst drug known to man. It’s stronger than, heroin.”

Although, Safaree Samuels shared similar sentiments of having had to put his career on the back burner, his main reason for the breakup was a lack of respect.

He stated, “It just got to the point where the respect was gone,” going on to say, “It got to the point where I was being treated like an employee”.

When questioned on the “Only” song lyrics, where Lil Wayne raps “Whoever is hittin’ ain’t hittin’ right”, Safaree responded, “As far as the ‘Only’ song, that’s something that people on the outside take more disrespect than I did…I don’t know; maybe I been dealing with it so long it kinda seem like the norm to me.” He goes on to express how he felt numb to things of that nature that would occur in their relationship.

It seems like these two have both suffered losses in the relationship and subsequent breakup. In the interview it seems like Safaree just had it with people not giving him his due credit (as her boyfriend, as her co-writer, as able to provide for himself etc.). And it does seem, as he states, that he lost himself in the world of “Nicki Minaj”. While Nicki, to me, seems to have lost her piece of mind with these words to Angie, “I just wish that everyone would have kept their end of the bargain, but sometimes people don’t; and then if they don’t you just gotta be like okay…This isn’t what I expected.”

In the aftermath of The Breakfast Club interview, Hot 97’s Ebro has critiqued Safaree, saying it was “lame” to do an interview because he is not a “public figure”, and that Nicki Minaj is most upset over the fact that Safaree revealed he helped Nicki Minaj write her raps ,something she has always emphasized she did on her own.




Do I think the two will get back together after all of this is said and done? I don’t know, but one thing I do know is that amidst the pain and hurt, it’s obvious that there is still a lot of love there between the two. And I personally would like to see them go their separate ways now, but end up back together in the future.


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Akanimoh Ekong studies creative writing at the University of Illinois, with special interests in women's issues as they relate to sexuality and race. She previously has written “Girlfriends” column for Buzz magazine. Akanimoh believes the art of fashion should be the utmost form of self-expression. She dually enjoys blogging on issues pertaining to fashion and pop culture news.

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