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Safaree Samuels: Controversies, Girlfriends & Net Worth

Safaree Samuels, aka SB, is a native of Flatbush, Brooklyn. Safaree is no stranger to superstardom.

SB is mostly known as the driving force behind the biggest female Hip-hop artist in the industry. Previously, he attributed the platinum album successes of the “Pink Friday” legacy and “The Pinkprint.”

Do these albums ring a bell? Well, it is the same album that launched the career of the one and only Nikki Minaj.

Safaree enjoying leisure
Safaree enjoying free time

Safaree Samuels is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer, and television personality. He is also famous for once dating a high-profile celebrity, Nicki Minaj.

But before we check his profile out. Here are the quick facts about him.

Quick Facts

Professional Name
Safaree Samuels
Full Name Safaree Lloyd Samuels
Nickname Safaree, Scaff Beezy, VVS Beezy
Birth Date July 4, 1981
Birth Place Marine Park section, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A
Nationality Jamaican-American
Country of Origin America
Profession Rapper, Songwriter, and Television personality
Ethnicity African-American
School Midwood High School
Citizenship Jamaica and United States
Horoscope Cancer
Father’s Name Unknown
Mother’s Name Unknown
Sisters 2: Shamika and Samantha Samuels.
Age 42 Years Old
Height 6’1″ (185 cm)
Weight 81Kg ( (179 lb)
Hair Color Black
Eye Color Dark brown
Marital status Married
Erica Mena(M. 2019)
Ex-Partner Nicki Minaj (2000-2014)
Children 1: Safire Majesty Samuels.
Net Worth $3 million
Social Media
916%, Stuntgang, H2O, X-Ray
Last Updated May, 2024


Safaree Samuels is an American hip-hop rapper, singer-songwriter, and media personality.

SB is best known as one of the ‘VH1’ reality show casts, Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood. The show became his golden ticket to Hollywood, as the show help him to gain fame.

Additionally, he is an actor and composer as well. He has played a part in Independent Lens (1999), King of Newark 2 (2018), and Caught the Series (2017).

Safaree Samuels: Early life

Safaree Samuels was born as Safaree Lloyd Samuels in the Marine Park section of Brooklyn, New York. His birthday fell on July 4, 1981.

The 39-year-old is of Jamaican descent.

Safaree grew up in Flatbush with his family, including his mother and two sisters: Shamika and Samantha Samuels. So with this, we can say that a single parent brought him up.

Safaree attended Midwood High School, 2839 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, New York. Eventually, he found a passion for rapping at an early age.

Safaree always aimed for the best. Growing up, he was raised with great West Indian culture and morals. However, due to his family’s financial condition, he learned the value of hard work.

Later,  at the age of fourteen, he got his first job. But, when Safaree Samuels wasn’t working, music was always filling his mind.

Finally, he got his inspiration by listening to hip-hop artists like Busta Rhymes, Ludacris, and Lil Wayne.


Safaree Samuels: Age, Zodiac, Height, and Weight

As Safaree was born on July 4, 1981, that makes him 39 years old. People born in early July fall under the Cancer zodiac sign.

People under the influence of the Cancer sign are highly imaginative, loyal, emotional, and sympathetic.

Safaree Samuels stands 6ft 1in tall. And weights around 81 kg. Additionally, he is a fitness fanatic. Thus, he has well-toned abs and a well-built physique.

Safaree Samuels: Relationships

Samuels started dating rapper Nicki Minaj in 2000. Their relationship started as co-workers to that of a soulmate. The couple went on to share a beautiful journey. As they’ve been together for over a decade, they were bound to have ups and downs.

Breaking up with Nicky Minaj

SB and Nicki dated for over a decade. Nicki Minaj was very private about their relationship for the most part. But as their relationship turned for worse, it got a little bit more public.

Eventually, they ended their relationship in 2014. But, according to Safaree, Nicki wasn’t the one who called off their relationship.

Safaree with Nicki Minaj
Safaree with Nicki Minaj

Soon, things turned ugly between them when they accused each other of cheating, lying, and stealing publicly.

At that time, their quarrel was all over Twitter. Safaree accused Nicki of using him and ditching him later on.

In one 2015 interview, he confessed- “I walked away from the situation.”

Further adding, “I’m not gonna say I broke it up, but I walked away. I’m the one who packed my stuff, and I left.”

Additionally, he mentioned -“It just got to the point where the respect was gone.” Adding to that, he said:

“It got to the point where I was being treated like an employee instead of like her man.”

On top of the jealous rumors, Safaree was seen with new tattoos covering the original ones he got inked in Nicki’s honor.

Safaree went on to have several partners after the break-up. Well, most of them being his Vh1’s Love & Hip Hop co-stars.

In 2015 he dated Zashia Santiago as well as Sophia Body. Later, he started dating Vh1’s Love & Hip Hop co-star, DreamDoll, in 2017.

Dating Star Divine and Violence

Soon after, in the same year, he dated another co-star West Coast Barbie aka Star Divine.

On April 7, Safaree Samuels was assaulted and badly injured. As a result, he was hospitalized.

Furthermore, a source reported that Star Divine was behind his alleged hospitalization. They reportedly got into a “public brawl,” according to an eyewitness. Soon they went their separate ways.

Afterward, he dated his Vh1’s Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood co-star Nikki Mudarris (2016 – 2017),

Additionally, He’s also been linked with models like Analicia Chaves, Candice Brooks, for instance.

Marriage with Erica Mena

He joined a horror reality show, Scared Famous, in 2017. The show had 10 contestants, along with Safaree and Erica Mena. Erica Mena is a model, TV personality, and actress.

They developed their love story at the haunted house set. After that, things worked out for them. Soon after, Safaree started going out with Erica.

Afterward, Safaree got on one knee and purposed erica. The couple got engaged on the Christmas Eve of 2018.

Eventually, Safaree wed Erica Mena on October 7, 2019, at the Legacy Castle in New Jersey.

The couple with their daughter
The couple with their daughter

Further, on February 2, 2020, the couple became parents to their daughter, Safire Majesty Samuels.

But trouble found its way into the marriage. Erica Mena and Safaree both said getting married was one of the biggest mistakes of their lives.

Erica officially announced news of their split via an Instagram post in September of 2020. Additionally, she wrote, “MY Kids. This is what my life is about! Priorities are really f—-d up for some people. Blessed, I’m not one of those idiots.”

Currently, they have an on-and-off relationship.

Safaree Samuels: Career

Brooklyn native Safaree Samuels started his musical career under the name of ‘Scaff B’ as a member of The Hood$tars. They formed the group in the early 2000s.

Safaree with the band
Safaree with the band

The quartet group consisted of Nicki Minaj, 7even Up, Lou$tar, and himself. The group was active in the early to mid-2000s but was unable to gain much commercial fame.

However, in 2004, the group recorded the entrance song for WWE Diva, Victoria. “Don’t Mess With Me.” The group tasted their first-ever success when the song became Victoria’s 5th WWE theme song.

Moreover, the song was featured on the compilation album ThemeAddict: WWE The Music, Vol.6. ’

Eventually, things did not work out for the group. As a result, they decided to split. But this led to a lengthy partnership between Samuels and fellow member Nicki Minaj.

Teaming up with Nicki Minaj

After the split of the group, Nicki started preparing for her solo activities. At the same time, Samuels supported her as a hype man doing things behind the scenes.

Samuel co-wrote several songs with Nicki Minaj. Most notably, the sixth single, “Did It On’em,” from her debut studio album, Pink Friday.

The song did well and eventually reached number forty-nine on the US Billboard Hot 100, number 4 on US Rap Songs charts, and number 3 on the US R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.

SB served as composer/Lyricist, executive producer, and A&R coordinator for her two smash albums, “Pink Friday” and “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded.”

nicki-minaj and safaree in the MV
Nicki Minaj and Safaree in the MV

In 2012, he briefly appeared in Minaj’s music video “Stupid H*e.” Afterward, Minaj released her second album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, where Samuels has six writing credentials.

Moreover, Safaree was featured on a 20 Minutes long closing track interview from her sophomore album “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded.”

In late 2014, the couple ended their long relationship as well as their professional partnership. Several tracks on Minaj’s third album, ‘The Pinkprint,’ are inspired by their relationship and breakup.

Solo Works: Mixtapes

After Samuels and Minaj parted ways, Samuels focused on solo activities. As a result, he started releasing his own stash of hard-edged mixtapes.

In 2015, Samuels released two mixtapes: It Is What It Is(April 7, 2015) and It Is What It Is, Vol. 2 (December 7, 2015).

He made a guest appearance in the second season of K. Michelle: My Life in early 2016. The reality show is the first spin-off of Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta. The show premiered on VH1.

Branching out as a Reality Show Star

Shortly thereafter, Safaree became heavily involved with reality television after participating in K Michelle: My Life. Furthermore, he bagged a role in the Hollywood and New York versions of Love & Hip Hop.

In May 2016, Samuels joined the VH1 reality show Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood’s third season. The season premiered in August 2016 on VH1.

The show launched his career as his popularity skyrocketed. At the same time, in July 2016, he released a new mixtape named Real Yard Vibes.

Love Hip Hop Hollywood Season4 poster
Love Hip Hop Hollywood Season4 poster

The fourth season of 2017 saw the promotion of Lyrica Anderson and Safaree Samuels to the main cast. Further, he also made a guest appearance in the fifth season.

During the season’s reunion special, Safaree announced that he would be leaving the show to join Love & Hip Hop: New York. Afterward, he moved back to his hometown of NYC to join the cast.


Love & Hip Hop: New York

Safaree joined the 8th season of Love & Hip Hop: New York as a newcomer. Afterward, the show went on break.

In August 2017, Samuels competed in VH1’s Scared Famous, a horror reality television. The show premiered in October 2017.

Unfortunately, Safaree got eliminated in the fourth round. In fact, he co-shares the 3rd/4th placement with fellow contestant, later wife Erica Mena.

In the same year, he announced that he’d star in his very own VH1 reality show, Wild Safaree. Subsequently, he released his fourth mixtape, Fur Coat, Vol. 1, on November 20, 2017.

Additionally, he wrote the “Alert” song for K. Michelle’s Kimberly: People I Used to Know. Moreover, on November 26, 2018, he released an album named “Love Chapter.”

After a four-year gap in the show, in November 2018, Safaree was finally promoted to the main cast. He played the main cast in the 9th and tenth seasons of the show.

Further, Samuels was honored with a Blue & Bougie Impact Award in February 2018.

In the same month, a video and nude picture of Samuels was leaked online.

His latest album was named ‘Straitt’ and was released on January 24, 2020. Lastly, he recently releases a single RECKLESS. He proclaims the song as the ultimate love song about love and betrayal.

Safaree Samuels: Lifestyle

Safaree doesn’t seem to shy away from flexing his wealth. He frequently shares posts, including his cars, house, bike, etc.

Additionally, he lives in a huge mansion with a swimming pool. Furthermore, the house comes with a built-in studio.

His wardrobe appears to be filled with loads of jackets and suits in all types of funky yet statement pieces.

Additionally, He’s also a fitness fanatic. And he definitely doesn’t shy away from showing off his body. Further, he’s always blinked up in diamonds and chains. This further shows his wealthy lifestyle.

Safaree Samuels: Controversies

Samuels reportedly filed a lawsuit against Minaj in November 2014 for unpaid royalties. However, the further details remain unknown.

In 2016, he attempted to sue Minaj for not crediting him on her albums.

A report suggested that he was going ahead to request a multi-million payout lawsuit for his involvement in three of her albums — Pink FridayPink Friday: Roman Reloaded, The Pinkprint, and several of her singles.

The singles include “Only,” Beyonce’s “Flawless (Remix),” and “Feeling Myself.”

TMZ reports that Samuels is gathering up pieces of evidence like the behind-the-scenes footage, voice memos, and footage of him working with Nicki Minaj in her studio. Further, he allegedly has rounded up witnesses to support his lawsuit claims.

However, the case was dismissed in December 2016.

In August 2018, Samuels and Minaj were involved in a Twitter dispute in which he accused her of stabbing him.

While Nicki Minaj backfired by countering Samuels of stealing her credit cards and paying for prostitutes during their relationship.

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Safaree Samuels: Net Worth

According to the data, Samuels’ estimated net worth is $3 million.

Safaree earns his wealth from music sales, album sales, live music shows, and television appearances. In addition to that, he has tried his hands on different routes of entrepreneurship.

Also, some part of his wealth comes from brand endorsements. Additionally, he also does merchandise sales and sponsorship deals with popular brands as well.

Social Media Presence

With the growing use of social media networking sites(SNS). Being a celebrity, SNS is a must-have. Likewise, Safaree uses most of the available social media sites to stay connected with his fans.

On top of it, these are excellent platforms to show his talent through his music and acting. In addition, he is an active social media user. Most of the post shows glimpses of his lifestyle, music, and his physique.

He mostly uses Instagram. Currently, he has a whopping 3.3M followers on Instagram.

Similarly, he releases his music through his youtube channel and Spotify and has over 67k and over 30k followers, respectively.

Lastly, Safaree launched an OnlyFans account in 2020, where he shares his videos for $15 per month.

Youtube: 67.5K subscribers
: 30.8k Monthly Listeners
Onlyfans: 18.1KLikes


How long were Nicki and Safaree together?

Safaree and Nicki dated for 12 years before breaking off in 2014.

What is the current relationship status of Safaree?

Currently, he is having a troubled marriage with Erica Mena. And the split hasn’t been finalized yet.

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