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It is no secret that this past year, Safaree Samuels and Nicki Minaj endured a very public breakup. And although the duo both admitted their relationship was great while it lasted, Safaree won’t necessarily be using Nicki as inspiration for his new music.

While on the red carpet for the taping of Versus & Flow, HipHollywood caught up with Samuels to talk about his new music and whether or not he will be like other artists and rap about his relationship with his ex. “My music is different,” Samuels told us.

And when asked how it’s been living out the breakup publicly, he responded, “it was great.”

Samuels is currently promoting his mixtape It Is What It Is and shooting videos for his new tracks. “I got a couple of deals on the table so I’m just waiting it out,” Safaree explained. “When I do it it’s going to make noise and it’s going to be the best thing that suits me.”

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  1. rachel

    May 22, 2015 at 7:36 PM

    Such a mature guy. Quite impressive.

  2. jusny4u

    May 22, 2015 at 9:39 PM

    He’s a hardworking man and his music shows that.Safaree Mixtape is hot. He shows much respect for his past relationship and its kinda old now asking the same question. Safaree clearly has moved on. Let’s get to know the talented man behind the music.

  3. Akhenaton

    May 22, 2015 at 10:59 PM

    his only hope is a reality series

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Exclusive: The Bullet Scars That Will Forever Haunt Sheryl Lee Ralph’s Son, Etienne Maurice



Sheryl Lee Ralph shared a graphic photo on Instagram earlier this week of her son, Etienne Maurice, laying in a hospital bed bandaged up from bullet wounds. The purpose of the image was to be yet another voice calling to end gun violence.

On Wednesday, students across the country walked out of class to protest against gun violence, something that hit home for Ralph four years ago. “This mother wants #gunreform now! #guncontrol now,” she wrote.

It was during a night out in West Philadelphia that Ralph’s then 22-year-old child was robbed at gunpoint and shot three times; twice in the leg and one which grazed his forehead.

So as Ralph joined Wednesday’s national conversation about gun laws, HipHollywood talked exclusively with Etienne who shared exactly what went down the night a gun could have taken his life for good.

“I was shot four years ago, November 9 … I was black out drunk. The next thing I know I remember I woke up in the hospital, doctor said I had two bullet holes in my leg and a grazed bullet hole above my eyebrow.”

Maurice, who was robbed for his iPhone and his wallet, went on to tell us that this is something that he is reminded of constantly. “Having been shot is something that I carry with me every day. I still have numbness at the bottom of my leg from the nerve damage.”

And while he will always remember how he felt knowing his life almost ended, Etienne had a hard time fathoming how his famous mother felt. “We had the conversation about it last week and she said she peed on herself,” he told us.

For Maurice, he’s proud to see young children use their voices to make change. “There’s so many angles where we can talk about gun violence and how it’s effecting different communities,” he said. “Gun reform needs to take place now.”

Since that night, he hasn’t picked up a drink and has been now sober for four years. As for the suspects, a father-son duo, they are behind bars for attempted man slaughter.

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