THEHIPHOPDIVA.COM spoke with Suzanna Samone to find out what she wants to convey through her lyrics and who her inspirations are. Here’s what was said.
HHD; Tell us about your name. How did you get the name Suzanna Samone and what is the significance behind Ferrari Barbie?
SS: Suzanna comes from the nursery rhyme (singing) “Oh Susanna, don’t you cry for me.” It immediately identifies who I am and where I come from, Alabama. The Samone part comes from Nina Simone, the songwriter that changed the way women were viewed. Ferrari Barbie comes from I used to live my life in th fast lane. I couldn’t say Lamborghini Barbie or something like that. And my look came from everyone saying I was so pretty.
HHD: What did you learn about the difference in the messages delivered in the past and those delivered today?
SS: I used to listen to MC Lyte and Queen Latifah, that’s what I grew up on. When I was in my recovery time after I got out of the hospital, Lil Kim and Foxy Brown and all those types were out, and Eve. I like Eve. She puts out the message that I kind of lean toward. Me being a woman isn’t all about sex. That’s not my cup of tea. If that’s your cup of tea and what you choose to do that’s fine. That’s just not what I do. What kind of female that’s out here that I can look up to? The men have the Jay Z’s and the P. Diddy’s but we don’t have that. We stuck on selling sex. They feel like they got to sell themselves cheap to get on. That’s not the message that I’m trying to send.
HHD: Who are your musical influences and why?
SS: I like Tupac, Jay Z. I like Queen Latifah, Monie Love. KRS-One, I like him. Those are my influences because they have substance. They’re talking about stuff that’s reality. They not living in a fantasy. They talking about things going on in the now. I feel like that’s what we lack right now, substance.
HHD: What messages would you say you’re delivering through your music?
SS: Empowerment, when women listen to my music I want them to feel like they can do anything. We can’t do some things that men do but if they can build a house we can build a house. What makes us so limited? We can do it.
HHD: How did you become a part of “The Pink Carpet”, the mixtape put out by undergroundgirlsof hiphop.com?
SS: Well, I got a very good team, MNS Productions. They hold it down for me and my manager got in touch with Shay-Nutt and she heard my single. That’s how they ended up putting my single on “The Pink Carpet” mixtape.
HHD: What do you think that project did for the unity and strength of today’s female MC?
SS: It did a lot, it did a whole lot. Women are being looked at as sex symbols and with this mixtape it’s not all about that. When you listen to the songs, and I’ve listened to all of them, and it’s not about that. Every oen on it is talking about how fly we is, how dope we is, something realistic.
HHD: Who would you say are the most influential female rappers and why?
SS: Queen Latifah, she has went from rap to acting and CoverGirl. She’s a female rap artist that up and coming artists can look up to.
HHD: Can we briefly sum up who Suzanna Samone aka Ferrari Barbie is as a female MC?
SS: Suzanna Samone is the girl that’s humble. She take care of home. It’s pretty much my government name but in a more business sense when I’m handling my business when it comes to music. Ferrari Barbie is like three minutes before I go on stage, Ferrari Barbie comes out. When I’m in the studio, Ferrari Barbie’s that edgy chick that every good girl wants to be but can’t be.