Safaree Samuels

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Safaree Samuels
Born Safaree Lloyd Samuels
(1981-07-04) July 4, 1981 (age 37)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Other names Scaff Beezy
Musical career
Genres Hip hop
Instruments Vocals
Years active Early 2000s–present
Associated acts

Safaree Lloyd Samuels (born July 4, 1981) is an American rapper, songwriter and television personality. Samuels started his musical career in the group the Hoodstars. After the group split, Samuels joined fellow rapper Nicki Minaj as a hype man. He later dated Minaj up until 2014. Samuels is also known as a solo artist, and has released four mixtapes. In 2016, he joined the cast of the VH1 reality show, Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood. In 2017, he moved back to his hometown of New York City and joined the Love & Hip Hop: New York cast.

Life and career[edit]

1981–2014: Early life and beginnings[edit]

Safaree Lloyd Samuels was born in the Marine Park section of Brooklyn, New York on July 4, 1981. He is of Jamaican descent and has two sisters, Shamika and Samantha Samuels.[1][2] Samuels started his musical career in the group the Hoodstars, which was formed in early 2000s and also included rappers Nicki Minaj, Lou$tar and Seven Up.[3] In 2004, the group recorded the entrance song for WWE Diva Victoria, "Don't Mess With", which was featured on the compilation album ThemeAddict: WWE The Music, Vol.6.[4] After the split of the group, Minaj started her solo career and Samuels supported her as a hype man.[5]

In 2010, Samuels co-wrote the single "Did It On'em" for Minaj's debut studio album, Pink Friday. In 2012, he appeared in Minaj's music video "Stupid Hoe".[6] In 2012, Minaj released her second album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, where Samuels has six writing credits and was featured on the track "Press Conference".[7] In late 2014, Samuels ended his long relationship with Minaj.[8] Several tracks on Minaj's third album The Pinkprint are believed to have been inspired by the end of their relationship.[9]

2015–present: Solo career and reality television[edit]

In 2015, Samuels released the mixtapes, It Is What It Is and It Is What It Is, Vol. 2.[10][11] In early 2016, he made appearance in the second season of K. Michelle: My Life.[12] In May 2016, it was announced that Samuels will join the cast of VH1 reality show, Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood's third season, which premiered in August 2016.[13][14] In July 2016, he released a new mixtape titled Real Yard Vibes.[15] In August 2017, it was announced that Samuels would compete in the first season of VH1's Scared Famous, which premiered in October 2017.[16]

In February 2018, Samuels was honored with a Blue & Bougie Impact Award.[17] In the same month, a nude picture and video of Samuels was leaked online.[18]

Discography[edit]

Mixtapes[edit]

Title Details
It Is What It Is[10]
It Is What It Is, Vol. 2[11]
  • Released: December 7, 2015
  • Label: Stuntgang
  • Format: Digital download
Real Yard Vibes[15]
  • Released: July 2016
  • Label: Stuntgang
  • Format: Digital download
Fur Coat Vol. 1[19]
  • Released: November 20, 2017
  • Label: Stuntgang
  • Format: Digital download

Filmography[edit]

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2015, 2017 Wild 'n Out Himself Special guest
2016 K. Michelle: My Life Himself Guest star
2016–2018 Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood Himself Supporting (Seasons 3, 5)
Main cast (Season 4)
2017–present Love & Hip Hop: New York Himself Supporting (Season 8-present)
2017 Scared Famous Himself Contestant
2018 Leave It To Stevie Himself Supporting (Season 2-present)
Wild Safaree Himself Main cast

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Safaree Defends His Man Twerks, Says He's Not Gay — Just Jamaican". Bossip. July 22, 2015. Retrieved September 27, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Safaree Samuels: Nicki Minaj's Ex-Boyfriend". DailyEntertainmentNews.com. April 17, 2015. Retrieved September 27, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Nicki Minaj Was Once On The Run For Attempted Murder, According to 7even Up". HipHopDX. April 29, 2015. Retrieved September 24, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Columbia Records releases ThemeAddict: WWE The Music V6 in stores now!". November 18, 2004. Retrieved September 24, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Safaree Samuels Opens Up About Breakup with Nicki Minaj". Rap-Up. January 13, 2015. Retrieved September 24, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Nicki Minaj Gets Ferocious In 'Stupid H–' Video". Rapfix.mtv.com. January 20, 2012. Retrieved September 24, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Nicki Minaj Blasts Ex Safaree Samuels as 'Poor Excuse of a Man' After He Serves Her With Lawsuit". Entertainment Tonight. May 11, 2016. Retrieved September 24, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Why Did Nicki Minaj & Safaree Samuels Break Up? Their Reported Split Has to Do with Fame". Bustle. October 22, 2014. Retrieved September 24, 2016. 
  9. ^ "Watch Nicki Minaj's Breakup-Inspired 'Pinkprint Movie'". Rolling Stone. December 20, 2014. Retrieved September 24, 2016. 
  10. ^ a b "Safaree Drops His Mixtape 'It Is What It Is'". The Source. April 9, 2015. Retrieved September 24, 2016. 
  11. ^ a b "Safaree Samuels – It Is What It Is Vol. 2". HotNewHipHop. December 7, 2015. Retrieved September 24, 2016. 
  12. ^ ""I Dont Want No Big Thang Poking Me, I Need My Walls": K.Michelle And Safaree Samuels Link Up To Talk Bae Situations". VH1. February 2, 2016. Retrieved September 27, 2016. 
  13. ^ "Amidst Lawsuit Drama, Safaree Samuels Reportedly Joins 'Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood'". Vibe. May 16, 2016. Retrieved September 24, 2016. 
  14. ^ "Safaree Joins Love & Hip Hop Hollywood To Prove He's More Than Just Nicki Minaj's Ex". VH1. August 3, 2016. Retrieved September 24, 2016. 
  15. ^ a b "Safaree Samuels Drops "Real Yard Vibes" Mixtape". HipHopDX. July 19, 2016. Retrieved September 24, 2016. 
  16. ^ Bellino, Damian. "VH1 Announces Scared Famous Starring Tiffany Pollard, Drita D'Avanzo, Alaska Thunderf-uck, and More!". VH1 News. Viacom International. Retrieved November 9, 2017. 
  17. ^ "Safaree, Sean Kingston Collab 'Paradise' Featured On #1 Billboard Reggae Album". Jamaicans.com. February 19, 2018. Retrieved February 20, 2018. 
  18. ^ "Safaree's Leaked Nudes Send Internet Into Thirst-Fueled Frenzy". HipHopDX. February 26, 2018. Retrieved February 27, 2018. 
  19. ^ "Fur Coat Vol.1 by Safaree". iTunes. Retrieved February 20, 2018. 

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