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RHOP's Monique Samuels starts rap career under name HaZel and debuts new video after leaving show


Real Housewives Of Potomac’s Monique Samuels announced that she would not be returning for a sixth season of the hit Bravo show after three seasons. 

And now the 37-year-old mother of three is saying hello to ‘HaZel,’ her new name for her singing career.

This weekend the star shared a music video titled Drag Queens from HaZel. She had a series of extravagant looks in the three-minute video, while revealing the song’s title is a nod to an infamous moment from the show. 

HaZel: Real Housewives of Potomac's Monique Samuels, 37, announced her departure from the show over the weekend and is now pursuing a rap career under the name HaZel as she debuts music video for new single Drag Queens

HaZel: Real Housewives of Potomac’s Monique Samuels, 37, announced her departure from the show over the weekend and is now pursuing a rap career under the name HaZel as she debuts music video for new single Drag Queens

The title of the song is a reference to an iconic moment that occurred in season four of the show while in a smackdown battle with castmate Candiace Dillard Bassett, as Samuels yelled, ‘I will drag you, pregnant and all!’

After being dubbed the ‘drag queen’ by various fans, Samuels told StyleCaster, she thought to herself, ‘That actually would be an interesting title.’

‘The song is me reminding myself of who I am as a person, what I stand for, what I don’t stand for,’ she said and it was recorded before quarantine as a way to blow off steam after last season of the show. 

The video follows HaZel as she gets glammed up before hitting a nightclub and features a series of outfit changes as well as a dance sequence featuring famous drag queens Iyana Deschanel and Brooklyn Heights. 

Glam squad: Taking her glam persona from reality tv to rap, the video sees Samuels in the makeup chair as she transforms into HaZel

Glam squad: Taking her glam persona from reality tv to rap, the video sees Samuels in the makeup chair as she transforms into HaZel

Sparkling: She looked glamorous in a series of outfit changes for a nightclub scene

Sparkling: She looked glamorous in a series of outfit changes for a nightclub scene

Work: The video features a dance number with famous drag queens Iyana Deschanel and Brooklyn Heights

Work: The video features a dance number with famous drag queens Iyana Deschanel and Brooklyn Heights

Steamy: She is seen doing a seductive dance number while grinding on husband Chris in a chair

Steamy: She is seen doing a seductive dance number while grinding on husband Chris in a chair

Her former NFL playing husband Chris Samuels also making a cameo in the video as she seductively dances on him as he sits on a chair.  

HaZel shows out in a sequin bodysuit, an edgy black and gold metal corset and a sparkly denim look with hot pants.  

In a discussion with Riley Knoxx about the project she said, ‘If this is the only song and the only video I ever do, I feel complete.’ 

She described her sound as ‘rap, but over more R&B, sultry kind of beats,’ and said she plans to release a mini album. 

Rap goddess: She described her sound as 'rap, but over more R&B, sultry kind of beats' and spoke about mini album release

 Rap goddess: She described her sound as ‘rap, but over more R&B, sultry kind of beats’ and spoke about mini album release

Drag: The song's title is a reference to an iconic comment she made to castmate Candace last season as she said, 'I will drag you, pregnant and all'

Strength: 'The song is me reminding myself of who I am as a person, what I stand for, what I don't stand for, she said

Drag: The song’s title is a reference to an iconic comment she made to castmate Candace last season as she said, ‘I will drag you, pregnant and all’

Moving on: 'It's not easy doing reality TV, and to be quite honest… I'm over it. I'm over it,' she said on Instagram announcing her decision to leave the Bravo show

Moving on: ‘It’s not easy doing reality TV, and to be quite honest… I’m over it. I’m over it,’ she said on Instagram announcing her decision to leave the Bravo show 

Revealing her decision to leave the show on an Instagram live Sunday following the reunion Samuels said, ‘It’s not easy doing reality TV, and to be quite honest… I’m over it. I’m over it.’

Monique added in her SC interview, ‘I did not realize that it was a 24/7, 12-month job. I thought it was just, ‘OK. We’re going to film, and then I’m off for the rest of the year.’ No. It’s never-ending. 

She continued to say, ‘I appreciate everything that people have done for me, everybody that’s been Team Monique — I love y’all, I thank y’all — but when you cross certain lines there’s no going back.’ 

The explosive reunion saw Monique coming to set with a burn-book style collection of receipts from her fellow castmates: Gizelle Bryant, Karen Huger, Ashley Darby, Robyn Dixon, Wendy Osefo and Dillard Bassett. 

As of now all minus Samuels are set to return for another season.  

Got receipts: The explosive reunion saw Monique coming to set with a burn-book style collection of receipts from her fellow castmates and she got into detail of her decision to leave on an Instagram live following the reunion

Got receipts: The explosive reunion saw Monique coming to set with a burn-book style collection of receipts from her fellow castmates and she got into detail of her decision to leave on an Instagram live following the reunion



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