Safaree Samuels has had his share of up's and down's over the course of his career, but yesterday, the rapper/TV personality took to Instagram to give thanks to a woman who he says is "saving lives."

Samuels singled out Mona Scott-Young for helping give his career a much-needed boost in what he called one of the "darkest times in my life" and even went so far as to say that "this is our Oprah." Scott-Young is the person responsible for casting Samuels on Love & Hip-Hop: Hollywood, the successful reality show that has since become the catalyst for further opportunity in the industry for Safaree, who is now prepping his own show.

Check out Samuels' Instagram post below.