Safaree Samuels may have vowed to leave the drama between himself and ex-girlfriend Nicki Minaj behind in 2015, but after fans began speculating that Safaree’s new track “Can’t Lie” was inspired by the rapper’s romance with Nicki Minaj, Samuels is now speaking out about the meaning behind his newest single.
In a new interview with Billboard, Safaree Samuels opens up about the inspiration behind “Can’t Lie,” which appears on his recently-released mixtape, It Is What It Is Vol. 2, while also dishing on his current status with ex Nicki Minaj.
In the track, Safaree raps about his affection for a special woman in his life with lyrics, “I hope this is it, I don’t want no one else / This feeling you givin’ me, I never felt / I thank God he sent you ’cause I needed help.”
The context of Safaree’s lyrics instantly sparked rumors that Samuels had penned the new track about his past relationship with Nicki Minaj, whom Samuels dated for 12 years before the duo called it quits in 2014.
When asked whether or not “Can’t Lie” was inspired by his relationship with Nicki, Safaree explains to the magazine that he wrote the track from a friend’s perspective and denies that the song has anything to do with his former private romance with Minaj.
Speaking on his process in creating the song, Safaree admits, “I just really put myself in the situation of like a guy or female who could have been in those types of situations and I’m sure everyone can relate to that type of situation where you feel like you didn’t tell someone the 100 percent truth and now you just wanna come out and tell them, ‘You know what? I did lie. I’m sorry about it. Let’s work past this and keep going.'”
Similarly, Safaree shuts down rumors that he dissed Nicki Minaj in the track when he raps about not “paying attention to exes that’s hatin’,” by noting, “Who doesn’t have an ex that’s hatin’?”
“In this day and age, it kind of comes with the territory,” Safaree continues, “So when I say that—in the sense of a girl or girls that feel like they were connected with me in one way and now they’re not—it looks like they see you with somebody else and then they want to start trying to, you know, throw salt but you know I’m just saying I’m not paying attention to it.”
When the conversation shifts to another one of Safaree’s singles from It Is What It Is Vol. 2, “Love The Most,” Safaree explains that the reported “diss track” aimed at Nicki Minaj and Meek Mill was nothing more than “the closing nail in the coffin [for his situation with Nicki Minaj].”
Despite Safaree having recently dissed Nicki’s relationship with Meek Mill in an interview with Tim Westwood, in addition to rumors that suggest Safaree is planning on suing Minaj for unpaid writing credits on her music, Safaree insists that he only wishes the best for Nicki in her future relationships.
“I just wish ’em all the best,” Safaree begins, “You know I don’t have an ill feeling going towards anyone. From my side, it’s nothing but love. I’m the type of guy, whether you like it or not, I’m gonna still say ‘hi’ to you. It’s on you where you wanna take it. I don’t have an ill will bone in my body.”
As for the rumors suggesting that Meek Mill and Nicki Minaj are secretly engaged or are planning to walk down the aisle in the near future, Safaree simply wishes the happy couple “good luck.”
“Hey, good luck. Once you’re happy, that’s all that matters.”
Safaree concludes, “Nobody wants to be sad and miserable, so if you’re happy and you’re really happy, you know, God bless.”
What do you think of Safaree Samuels’ comments about his new track, “Can’t Lie”?
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