A Timeline of Nicki Minaj and Safaree's Relationship

Here's everything that led up to the wild events of the past few days.

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Recording artist Nicki Minaj (R) and singer Safaree Samuel arrive for Nicki Minaj birthday party at the Tao Nightclub at the Venetian Resort Hotel Casino on December 9, 2010

N and S at Tao

Nicki Minaj and her ex-boyfriend Safaree Samuels have been all over the headlines in recent days, following Nicki’s Funk Flex interview and both parties’ subsequent tweetstorms. But the ex-couple has a very long history, and this is far from their first public confrontation. Below, a history of their key moments.

2002: Nicki Joins Hood$tars

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DJ and photographer Neil Grant (a.k.a. the man who took these photos) plays a song of Nicki’s for Bow-legged Lou of Full Force. Lou is impressed and meets the young rapper soon thereafter.

“Even when she first came to my house in Brooklyn, she was doing her dialects back then—her English dialect,” Lou later told the New York Post. So Lou decides to team her up with his son Lou$tar and another rapper named Svn-Up—and, shortly thereafter, Lou$tar’s high school friend, Safaree Samuels, who rapped under the name “SB.”

A member of Nicki's old Hip Hop group 'Hoodstars' spoke up on SB ghostwriting for Nicki, Nicki can spit. End of. pic.twitter.com/tRS755SDRj

— Nicki Minaj Lite (@NMLite) May 4, 2015

2005: Going Solo

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July 2011: Altercation in Dallas

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December 2011: Engagement Rumors

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March 2014: 10th Anniversary

October 2014: First Reports of a Breakup

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November 2014: “Bed of Lies”

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Nicki debuts the track “Bed of Lies” on an MTV awards show the following month, and officially releases it just days later. The song, about someone who has a tendency to “lie” and “pretend,” is widely assumed to be about Safaree.

December 2014: ‘An Emotional Wreck’

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I'm sorry. My fans know this isn't me. Hate this. But I'm human. I do so much. Too much. No man would have stayed loyal in this game like me

— Nicki Minaj (@NICKIMINAJ) December 20, 2014

January 2015: Safaree Claims Co-Writing Credit

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Safaree gives an interview to the Breakfast Club where he is surprisingly decent when talking about the breakup. He also claims that he was the one to end the relationship. “I’m not going to say I broke up, but I left,” he says.

However, when it comes to music, he is less kind. “Every time it came to writing raps and doing music, it was her, me, and the beat,” he explains. “She doesn’t do it by herself. It's me and her.” He claims that he’s only saying all of this because of Nicki’s response to a tweet by comedian Lil Duval. “Safaree and nicki rap just alike it just sounds corny coming from a grown ass man,” Duval writes. Nicki responds, “Duval aint Lyin. But when u love ppl u try to hide their weaknesses sometimes. Protect them from looking corny. Live & ya learn.”

January 2015: Safaree Backtracks

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June 2015: The Response Track, Pt. 1

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Safaree releases “Love the Most,” a song where he talks about his relationship with Nicki. “No one will love you like I did,” he raps. “Twelve years up in flames.” On the track, he also says that their breakup was caused by “somebody new...whisper[ing] in your ear,” in what pretty much everyone takes as a reference to Meek.

July 2015: The Response Track, Pt. 2

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The scorned former boyfriend returns with “Lifeline.” In the song, in addition to insulting Meek a ton, Safaree claims he wrote some of Nicki’s lyrics, specifically on “Roman’s Revenge.”

July 2015: ‘You Don’t Even Know How to Pronounce These Motherf*cking Words’

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Nicki hits back, responding from the stage during a concert in Toronto.

“A bitch-ass nigga can’t write my raps,” she says. “You know why? You don’t have the heart or the mind frame or the motherfucking intellect, bitch nigga. You don’t even know how to pronounce these motherfucking words in my motherfucking raps, bitch.”

November 2015: First Reports of a Lawsuit

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Tweeted on the 5th that the 6th was my baby's bday. Celebrated on the 6th for his bday (publicly). Served w/a lawsuit on the 9th. lol

— Nicki Minaj (@NICKIMINAJ) May 11, 2016

October 2016: Safaree Reveals He’s Dropping the Suit

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March 2017: Wendy Williams

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Safaree goes on Wendy Williams’ show to reiterate his once-taken-back claims of writing for Nicki. “It was a collaborative effort,” he says. “[She] doesn’t sit there and do absolutely nothing, but I definitely was a helping force in everything that had to do with creating music.” He also hints that his former girlfriend had plastic surgery.

June 2017: The Fight

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There is unexpected drama at DJ Khaled’s pre-BET Awards party. Safaree is assaulted by people he claims are members of Meek Mill’s crew—and Meek was in fact getting out of his SUV right as the incident happened. Meek doesn’t admit to being involved, but doesn’t directly deny it, either. “I’m a don,” he says. “I don’t need to fight.”

August, 2018: Funk Flex Interview, Twitter Beef, and TMZ

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Nicki sits down with Funk Flex, ostensibly to promote her new album, Queen. Instead, talk turns to the early days of her career. She starts by going in on Safaree’s on-again-off-again ghostwriting claims.

"It don't give you a right to lie about someone's craft just because you know that they're a woman and people will believe you. So now, years later, you want to come back and say 'I lied' after you've tried to tarnish my image,” she says. And in a surreal, full-circle moment, she actually speaks to Lou$tar on the phone to talk about Safaree’s role in Hood$tars. (“He was the hypeman,” Lou$tar explains).

From there, things get crazier. In the interview and ensuing tweets, Nicki accuses Safaree of hiring escorts while they were together, and subsequently stealing their credit cards. She also says that she ponied up $10,000 to fix her ex’s hairline.

Safaree sees all of this and responds on Twitter. “I didn't use your card for prostitutes,” he says. He then accuses her of “messing with meek a few years b4 y’all got together.” And then things turn really serious.

“Remember the night you cut me and i almost died the police and ambulance had to take me out the crib on a stretcher and I had to lie and tell them I was trying to kill myself so they wouldn't take you to jail,” he continues. And the following day, he claims the whole exchange was a victory:

Wow. woke up to a book deal offer for over 500k and an endorsement deal for a hair club for men 😂😂😂 and that was the 1st offer 😍😍 THANK YOU BABY 😇 guess imma add author to my long list of hustles

— @IAMSAFAREE (@IAMSAFAREE) August 15, 2018

In the aftermath of the interview and Twitter exchange, a TMZ reporter says that there is footage backing up Safaree’s most shocking claim.

“We’ve actually seen the video here at TMZ, back in 2014, that shows Nicki chasing Safaree with a knife,” Van Lathan tells a radio station. “We should say, don’t know what happened after that. Couples get into it; sometimes things get heated. There’s no reason why you should be chasing someone with a knife, but we don’t know if Nicki actually stabbed him with a knife.”

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