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“I Was Being Treated Like An Employee Instead Of Her Man”: Safaree Samuels Gives The Real Deal On What Went Wrong With Nicki Minaj

January 13th, 2015 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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We told you last Friday that Nicki Minaj wasn’t too happy after seeing her ex, Safaree Samuels, out on a date with a model in L.A. The next day, she posted this on Instagram:

“You can’t find happiness with bitterness, hate and unforgiveness in your heart. You owe it to yourself to find real peace. Why do ppl feel they have to be “ok” all the time? Its ok to NOT be ok. You’re human. I hate seeing people be tormented and on the verge of going crazy because of their pride and their ego and because they made a bed they never thought they’d have to lay in. If you were on your death bed tomorrow, none of the ppl you do all this fronting for would be there. You can’t try to hurt a person who’s heart is right and who showed you the meaning of loyalty. Its better that you do some soul searching and live in GRATITUDE. Realize how blessed you were and learn from your mistakes. Sometimes the more you do for ppl, the more they think they’re entitled to! Just fall back and ask God to show them the truth. Once you have forgiven and learned how to find true peace, the most you can do is wish the next person well and pray that they too will find the same thing. I’m hoping that 2015 will be a year we choose real happiness over the fake made up stuff we think people want to see. Every night, the lights and cameras stop flashing and there you are. its just YOU. Laying there. Facing the music. Cherish these nights. Cherish these ppl. Life is a movie, but there’ll never be a sequel. And if you didn’t cherish them in time, own that. Hope you feel better.”

Afterwards, while in “no f**ks given” mode, she joked around with comedian Lil Duval, who basically put Safaree on blast for being a wack rapper (in their opinion). Nicki boldly agreed and claimed that she never had the heart to tell Safaree that rapping wasn’t for him:

Ballerific Comment Creepin —–🌾👀🌾 #lilduval #nickiminaj #commentcreepin

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So after all that yapping on her part, it looks like Safaree has had just about enough. He got up, put on his fluffiest fur and brightest jewelry, and headed to The Breakfast Club to set the record straight about all their issues. And while Nicki may have thrown quite a bit of shade his on way social media recently, he says he’s not speaking out to do the same. Instead, he says he’s speaking out to clear his name and to try to understand why after a decade of supporting one another, she would try and bash him publicly. Here is what stood out:

What He Was To Nicki:

Everything. Decisions weren’t made without me. That was my soulmate. That wasn’t like somebody I was just working with. People thought, ‘Oh I was just a hype man.’ No. We were calling all the shots.

How They Came Together:

We were in a group together, called the Hood Stars. We did the group thing for about two years, it didn’t really work out. So she branched out and did her solo thing. We packed up two cars, went to Atlanta. We just started bubbling from there. We were friends for a year and a half at first and then a relationship started.

If It Was Hard Putting His Aspirations On The Back Burner:

It wasn’t hard at all because I’m not gonna act like that’s what I wanted to be so bad. We were in a rap group together, yeah, I rapped with her, but I just enjoyed entertainment. So whether I was in the front of the mic or playing in the back with her, I just enjoyed entertainment.

Why He Needed To Speak Out After She Dissed Him On Instagram:

I would never do anything publicly to try to like, pull her down. Whatever happens between me and her one-on-one, it is what it is. That’s personal and I would never put that out there. I could be out here telling a million stories and doing cornball sh*t like that but I’m not going to do that. I never would do that. I never plan on doing that. I just think it’s crazy for her to come out now and try to pull me down, try to say I’m corny. I don’t care who you’re with. I want you to move on because I’m moving on. I walked away from the situation. I’m not going to say I broke up with her, but I’m the one who packed up my stuff and I left.

Why Things Didn’t Work Out:

It just got to a point where the respect was gone. Everyone around her works for her. It got to the point where it was like, I’m your man, I’m the one you go to sleep with every night. I’m who you wake up with every morning. It got to the point where I was being treated like an employee instead of her man.

Why They Kept Their Relationship A Secret:

I really don’t understand it myself. I used to be like, there’s no way people really don’t know. And if you don’t know it’s like you either want to be naive because you’re stupid, or you’re living in a fairy world. I just never understood that.

If He Had A Problem With Her Being So “Friendly” With Drake And Lil Wayne:

As far as the “Only” song, that’s something that people on the outside take as disrespect more than I did. Maybe I’ve been dealing with it for so long that it seemed like the norm to me. I got numb to it. It was like…it is what it is. I could probably feel a way about it, but I’ll get over it, it is what it is and I’ll just keep it moving. I definitely feel like there was some stuff that didn’t have to be done.

His Thoughts On Her Possibly Dating Meek Mill After Introducing Them:

If that’s who she decides to move on with, it is what it is. If I wanted to make it work, I could have made it work. Fame and money, you can’t put a price on peace of mind. People on the outside looking in will be like, ‘you out of your mind you better get your girl back.’ I never planned on talking about nothing, I never was going to, but to publicly try to pull me down, that’s where I’m just like, ‘you’re getting ridiculous.’ I don’t publicly try to pull you down in no way. If anything, all I’ve done is uplift you publicly. When I’m going and putting tattoos of your face all over my body and showing the world, ‘I don’t care, I think you’re the most amazing person at what you do.’ I would say that to her when it was just me and her and I would say it in on a stage in front of 20,000 people: ‘Make some noise for the best female rapper alive.’ I don’t take that away from her. But don’t try to acknowledge people who are trying to bring me down publicly and agree with them. That was the thing that made me say, I have to say something. She could take a picture with whoever she wants. She could get married tomorrow and be pregnant the next day and I would wish her nothing but the best. But when you try to pull me down and try to discredit what I’ve done for you? That’s weak to me. Don’t say I don’t have no talent because every time it came to writing raps and making music, it was me, her and a beat. She doesn’t do it by herself, it’s me and her. Don’t discredit me on what I’ve done for you. That’s weak. I would never do that to her.

His Financial Situation Without Nicki:

I’m not out here worried about how I’m going to get my next meal. Everything that I have, we got together. So if I say I want to go buy something, I bought it with my money. I don’t have to go up to her and say, ‘Can you buy this for me please? Oh, I see this bike I like, can you buy me this bike?’ Nah, it don’t work like that.’

If He Ever Laid His Hands On Her After That Alleged Hotel Fight Years Ago:

Naw. Hell no. I would never hit her.

If Cheating Tore Them Apart:

I was at the wrong place at the wrong time, I do admit that. But what the girl is saying, there’s no truth to that. The girl they said I was messing with, she had to call up a radio station and say, ‘He was there but that didn’t happen.’ Our problem is not even really about cheating, it’s about outgrowing each other. She may feel like I don’t respect her, I may feel like she doesn’t respect me and it is what it is.  I don’t think it was money and I don’t think it was fame. When you’re that big of a brand, it’s like you’re a walking and breathing corporation. You always gotta be on. It was to the point where if we go out, I can’t put my arm around you, I can’t hold your hand. I’m an affectionate dude! I like to have my arm around my chick. I want to be outside and be like, I’m with my chick! I don’t want to have to be walking a couple steps behind you or a couple steps away from you and acting like you’re not my girl. After a while, that can put a strain on somebody. That definitely did something to me.

That Date He Went On With Candice Brook:

I don’t feel like it was soon. We’ve been not together for some time now. Probably about four months. That’s my friend. She’s a very nice girl.

On The TMZ Report That He Was Suicidal After Their Split:

I definitely have been in places where I feel like I don’t want to be here anymore. But I think that everybody has been there before. But now I’m happy. I can see her and not be bothered. Before, it was hard for me to be in the car, listening to the radio and she would come on…but now I’m glad I’m at a point where it’s like, tunnel vision.

She’s my soulmate, but we just can’t be together.

 

If you have 46 minutes, you can check out the chat for yourself below. It definitely made me look at Safaree in a different way, and not in a negative one…

“I Started This Stuff”: Patti LaBelle Speaks On Her Influence On The Wacky Past And Present Styles Of Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj, And Other Divas

January 9th, 2015 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Patti LaBelle is a lot of things, including a diva, but she’s also a trailblazer in both music and fashion. In a recent interview with Meredith Vieira, she talked about how she believes that she ushered in the vibrant style that today’s pop stars have embraced. You know it: the over-the-top costumes, big and bright hair–the whole gimmick.

“I think it’s wonderful. You know why? I think I started this stuff back in the day. Sarah Dash, Nona Hendryx and myself, we were very outrageous. We took so many chances with fashion. And when Nicki and all the girls do this now, I say ‘God bless you for having the nerve to go out there crazy.’ Sometimes it’s crazy, but it’s good.”

LaBelle says that when she was rocking her ornate attire while solo, and also when she was in Labelle, she did so because, according to her, black singers had to do a lot to get attention on their actual talent back in the day.

“It was actually for a real reason. Being black singers, you don’t get as much attention as other folks, so you do gimmicks. So that costume that we wore back in the day was to get your attention to look at us, and then listen. Because if you don’t have something–swear to God, that’s true. People have to say, ‘God, what is that?’ But then they’ll hear the voices.”

Check out LaBelle’s chat with Vieira below and share your thoughts:

Nicki Minaj Reacts To Safaree Stepping Out With Another Woman: “I Hate To See People Tormented And On The Verge Of Going Crazy Because Of Their Pride”

January 9th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Yesterday, many of us were giving Safaree Samuels the serious side-eye after he was spotted by the paparazzi arriving at the BOA Steakhouse in West Hollywood with model Candice Brook. Nicki also attracted some side-eye action of her own after she posted a photo of herself with rapper Meek Mill, which only fueled rumors that the two are romantic. Apparently, Nicki wasn’t too thrilled about her ex stepping out with another woman so soon because she took to Instagram with a lengthy post addressing his actions. Her post reads:

“You can’t find happiness with bitterness, hate and forgiveness in your heart. You owe it to yourself to find real peace. Why do ppl feel they have to be ‘ok’ all the time? It’s ok to NOT be ok. You’re human. I hate seeing people be tormented and on the verge of going crazy because of their pride and their ego and because they made a bed they never thought they’d have to lay in.

If you were on your death bed tomorrow, none of the ppl you do all this fronting for would be there. You can’t try to hurt a person whose heart is right and who showed you the meaning of loyalty. It’s better that you do some soul searching and live in GRATITUDE. Realize how blessed you were and learn from your mistakes. Sometimes the more you do for ppl, the more they think they’re entitled to! Just fall back and ask God to show them the truth. Once you have forgiven and learned how to find true peace, the most you can do is wish the next person well and pray that they too will find the same thing. I’m hoping that 2015 will be a year we choose real happiness over the fake made up stuff we think people want to see.

Every night, the lights and cameras stop flashing and there you are. It’s just YOU. Laying there. Facing the music. Cherish these nights. Cherish these ppl. Life is a movie, but there’ll never be a sequel. And if you didn’t cherish them in time, own that. Hope you feel better.

Her words were accompanied by this photo message:

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Again, it really sucks that things have come to this. I can’t understand for the life of me how two people who carried on such a private relationship can have such a public breakup.

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Nicki Minaj And Safaree Samuels Make A Love Connection–With Other People

January 8th, 2015 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Nicki Minaj blames breakup on her work ethic: "I lost a big part of my life, and one of the reasons was because I was a workaholic."

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After taking indirect jabs at one another on Twitter during the holidays, it’s safe to say that Nicki Minaj and Safaree Samuels aren’t reuniting anytime soon. And based on recent sightings of both parties out and about on the same night, it seems that they’ve decided to start the process of moving on.

Nicki Minaj posted some interesting photos in the last 24 hours, including one of her sitting pretty next to rapper Meek Mill–where, we’re not so sure of…

In the caption, she claimed that they were working on a new music video together…

Guess what video we're shooting 😳

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…but then she made it clear that she was kidding:

J/K no video 😜😘

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Rumors have been swirling around for a while now about Minaj possibly rebounding with the Maybach Music rapper. In the past, she said there was no truth to them, telling Ebro at Hot 97, “Ya’ll gotta let the Meek thing go,” and radio personality Big Boy, “We’re friends. He’s dope.”

Mmhmmm…

As for her ex, Samuels was caught by TMZ going for dinner with a new lady–model Candice Brook–in a super fancy Polaris Slingshot (I’m referring to the car, which starts at a price of $23,999). When the two pulled up at BOA Steakhouse in West Hollywood, a rude photographer asked Brook, “How does it feel to be filling in for Onika?”

Yikes!

The two were seen entering and exiting the fancy restaurant, and on the way out, they were stopped by a lady selling roses. Samuels bought quite a few red ones for his date, and when a photographer gave him props for being a gentleman and asked how Brook felt about receiving the beautiful flowers, she responded with, “I’ve gotten more from him.”

Mmhmmm…

Whatever these two are doing–whether they’re trying to make each other jealous, trying to get attention, or actually having fun dating someone new, we personally still prefer Minaj and Samuels together…*Kanye shrug*

“I Thought I Was Going To Die:” Nicki Minaj Talks Being “Haunted” By Her Decision To Have An Abortion

December 30th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Nicki Minaj has pretty much been an open book these days. In addition to opening up about the difficulties surrounding her split from longtime boyfriend, Safaree Samuels, the “Bed of Lies” rapper recently discussed deciding to terminate a pregnancy during her high school years.

She shared the emotional tale inside of the latest issue of Rolling Stone, which hits newsstands January 2. While attending New York’s popular LaGuardia High School, the aspiring starlet was dating an older guy, who she admits was her first love. The romance resulted in an unplanned pregnancy and she was faced with a major decision.

“I thought I was going to die,” Nicki confessed. “I was a teenager. It was the hardest thing I’d ever gone through.”

She eventually settled on the decision to terminate the pregnancy—a decision that she admits has “haunted me all my life.” However, she feels that she made the right choice for her situation at the time.

“It’d be contradictory if I said I wasn’t pro-choice. I wasn’t ready. I didn’t have anything to offer a child.”

This, of course, isn’t the first time we’ve heard of the abortion. She rapped about it on one of her earlier mixtape tracks titled “Autobiography”—a song she admits she says that she “didn’t expect anyone to hear.” She addressed the decision again on a track featured on her new album The Pinkprint titled “All Things Go.”

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Throwback: Video Of Nicki Minaj Acting As A Teen Hits The ‘Net, And She Wasn’t Bad At All

December 29th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Nicki Minaj acting at Laguardia

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It may not be Thursday, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy a good throwback!

Nicki Minaj is currently the queen of hip-hop, but before she was dropping the Pinkprint, Onika Maraj was hoping to be a big star by going another route: acting. She was a student at the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts in Manhattan and was studying theater.

When Minaj’s acting career didn’t really take off like she had hoped (Minaj did do work on an off-Broadway show called In Case You Forget), the “Anaconda” rapper wound up doing small jobs here and there. She eventually chose to focus on her music and after releasing multiple mixtapes, was signed by Lil Wayne and Young Money Entertainment. Despite all her musical success, Minaj was more than happy to flex her acting chops again in her first film role, playing Lydia in The Other Woman. 

Yes, Minaj has come a long way since reciting lines at LaGuardia High School years ago. In today’s throwback clip, a young Onika is rehearsing her lines with a classmate before taking the stage to perform for agents and casting directors she was hoping to impress. While reciting her lines, things get a little bit too intense…

Check out the FemmeC doing her thing way back when:

[Watch] Safaree Samuels Addresses Twitter Feud With Nicki Minaj: “Somebody Out There Putting Some Poison Out”

December 22nd, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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It was quite disappointing to see Nicki Minaj and Safaree Samuels resort to antics as petty as Twitter feuds this weekend. Specifically what caused the public outburst is still uncertain, but tweets sent out by the feisty Queens rapper suggests that the threat of being blackmailed may have had something to do with it.

TMZ recently caught up with Samuels, who addressed the extremely messy dispute.

“Definitely not a Twitter war, just a misunderstanding, you know,” the rapper explained. “Somebody out there putting some poison out.”

Despite the ugly nature of the feud, he insists that he has nothing but love for his ex. He sidestepped questions about whether or not reconciliation is possible, but reiterated his support for Nicki and all of her endeavors.

“I support her in everything she do. Her music, her family…that’s somebody you know—12 years is a long time. That’s not something you forget about, so that’s like a family member, you know what I’m saying?”

He also explained how tough the breakup has been because everywhere he turns, Nicki is there in some capacity.

“It’s not easy. I gotta do what I gotta do. It’s different when everywhere you go, everything you watch, every single radio station has on that person.

As previously reported, Nicki has partially credited her inability to give Samuels her full attention for their breakup. So far, he hasn’t responded to those claims.

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Nicki Minaj Blames Breakup On Her Work Ethic

December 22nd, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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For a while, Nicki Minaj and her longtime boyfriend Safaree “S.B.” Samuels had done a pretty decent job of keeping the details of their breakup under wraps. But the floodgates were opened once Nicki began to speak directly about their split, at one point, even breaking down about it. Since then, the former couple exchanged heated words on Twitter for the entire world to see. Even then, we still really didn’t know what caused the two to decide to part ways. However, as Nicki continues her press tour to promote her newly released album, The Pinkprint, we’re able to learn more about what contributed to the couple’s demise.

In a recent interview, the Queens rapper confessed that her work ethic played a pivotal role in the breaking down of her 12-year relationship with Samuels.

“I lost a big part of my life, and one of the reasons was because I was a workaholic, Nicki told journalist Elliot Wilson during his interview series CRWN at Le Poisson Rouge. “I couldn’t focus on anyone else. Maybe they needed more attention, and I take care of my whole family.

So if I’m gonna choose between working my a– off and giving you, one human being, all of my attention? You might get forgotten sometimes. Not because I don’t love you, but because I got the weight of the f - - king world on my shoulders.”’

Going forward, the rapper-turned-actress says that she desires a partner who will appreciate the effort that she puts into her work.

“I want someone to appreciate how hard I work.”

It’s not 100% clear what other factors led to the pair calling it quits; however, as previously reported; Samuels has credited Nicki’s lack of respect for him.

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Nicki Minaj Exposes Ex-Boyfriend on Twitter

December 21st, 2014 - By Courtney Whitaker
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Break ups are never easy, especially when the world is watching.

Nicki Minaj and Safaree “SB” Samuels proved that yesterday. The longtime couple recently aired each other out on twitter. It all began when Nicki broke down in her interview with Angie Martinez. She openly cried and discussed their split. Meanwhile Safaree remain silent about the break up, only answering questions on twitter if asked.

However, things took a turn for the worse when Nicki revealed he was attempting to blackmail her.

 

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— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) December 20, 2014


Of course SB responded to Nicki.

 

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Wow. The only thing we have to say is, these two clearly love each other. Are we the only ones feeling the love lost between the two of them? It’s sad. However, we do wish the two of them would have done this on the phone instead of Twitter.

Nicki Minaj Releases “PinkPrint” Short Film

December 20th, 2014 - By Courtney Whitaker
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Nicki Minaj is on a roll.

The rapstress surprised her fans with a short film for her new album, The PinkPrint Friday evening. The 16-minute long film features All Things Go, The Crying Game, I lied and Grand Piano. The three-part movie, tells the story of Nicki choosing between two relationships after being involved in a car accident.

This is the first time we’ve truly seen Nicki bare all and expose herself. The short film is a true depiction of her maturity as an artist and musician. It’s a breath of fresh air to see her in a different element without tons of make up and wigs.

The somber and emotional video, may be a reflection of her own personal woes. Nicki recently split from her long time boo, Safaree. The two have been very open about their feelings towards each other since the split.

In the meantime, Nicki has a new album to focus on. The PinkPrint drops Monday.