Nicki Minaj's Ex Safaree Samuels: I Co-Wrote Her Rhymes, She Treated Me Like an 'Employee'

by Antoinette Bueno, Video by Rebecca Zamer 1:02 PM PST, January 14, 2015
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Nicki Minaj's ex-boyfriend Safaree Samuels, who dated the rapper for 11 years, is now telling all.

In a lengthy interview with Power 105.1's The Breakfast Club on Tuesday, Samuels talked about the nature of his once notoriously private relationship with the 32-year-old rapper, claiming that he was the one who "walked away" from their decade-long romance.

"I'm not going to say I broke up, but I'm the one who walked away," he says bluntly.  "I packed up my stuff and I left. ... If I wanted to make it work, I could've made it work."

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Samuels, who says his role was "everything" to the "Anaconda" rapper, alleges he ended the relationship because the "respect wasn't there."

"Everyone around her works for her, you know?" he explains. "So it got to the point where it was like, 'I'm your man. I'm who you go to sleep with every night. I'm who you wake up with every morning.' And it got to the point where I was being treated like an employee, instead of like her man."

"Decisions weren't made without me. That was my soulmate," he adds of his role in her life. "People thought I was just a hype man, nah. Me and her was the ones calling all the shots."

One of his more explosive claims was that he actually co-wrote Nicki's rhymes on all of her tracks.

"Every time it came to writing raps and doing music, it was her, me, and the beat," he says. "She doesn’t do it by herself. It's me and her. Don't discredit me on what I've done for you."

Samuels says he's only speaking out because of a recent tweet of Nicki's, in which she calls him "corny." Nicki's tweet was a response to comedian Lil Duval's own diss about Samuels and Nicki rapping alike.

"When you try and pull me down and discredit what I've done for you, that's what's weak to me,” Samuels says in response. "I would never do anything publicly to pull her down."

Nicki herself referenced the intense breakup in the interview for her January Rolling Stone cover, admitting that her ex heavily influenced her latest album The Pinkprint.

"One of my goals was to give people a glimpse into my personal life, because it's something I've kept very private," she said. "I had to learn to do something as simple as sleep alone. I struggled with 'Do I express these feelings?' And I decided there's no reason for me to hide. I'm a vulnerable woman, and I'm proud of that."

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