We had the good fortune of connecting with Barbie Quinn and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Barbie, where are your from? We’d love to hear about how your background has played a role in who you are today?
I have lived many places growing up but my home has always been Philadelphia PA. It’s what taught me everything I know. It definitely taught me both book and streets smart. I simply grew up as a product of my environment. Now with me being a musician I am able to tell my life story. I am hoping to reach the youth in a positive way. There is so much violence on these streets right now all over the world, and since our youth is being raised by Reality tv, music, etc. I feel like they need to have music they can actually relate to instead of having just the average music that is out here these days. I was one of the lucky ones to not become a statistic. No I am not perfect but I know that my story might be able to help others.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I have been in the music industry professionally for 2 years now. I have gotten features with the legend Lil Wayne, as well as Atlanta legends Baby D. and Bando Jonez (formally known as Lil Corey). I am also the winner for the 2020 Atlanta Hip Hop Awards for Slept on Female Rap Artist of the Year. What sets me apart from others is the fact that I don’t try to sound like anybody else that is in the rap game. I have my own flow and own style. I recently just hit 100,000 streams on Spotify with my single Shot’s Fired. That was a huge accomplishment for me being an independent artist. Being an independent artist you have to put in a lot of hard work to get your name/brand out there. I have hustled and bustled non-stop because I believed in my craft. Music literally saved my life. I discovered i could do music after being diagnosed with cancer and being suicidal. It is my passion now. I have invested everything into my craft. Not just money but blood sweat and tears. It look a lot of networking and constantly being out there on the scene to get the name that i have built for myself. I never stop working. I have been scammed, dealt with janky promoters, dealt with being disrespected and mistreated because i am a female coming into a male dominated industry. I have faced ridicule because of my skin color. I have had “labels” try to change everything about me but I always said i will remain humble and true to myself. Nothing about trying to break out into the music industry is easy but luckily I have a light that shines bright from within. My energy, confidence, and positivity speaks for itself so I definitely stand out in a crowd which makes people wonder who I am and hard to forget once they know. The main lesson I learned is if you believe in yourself then Always keep pushing no matter what. You never know who you might meet and what doors will open for you but the number 1 rule is REMAIN HUMBLE
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
There is so much to do here in Atlanta Edgewood is the real place to be and the beltline. Edgewood got a great party atmosphere but to just vibe and kick it we can rent some scooters and go down to the historic state park and ride through the belt line. I absolutely love the energy and atmosphere there.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
To be honest I want to shout out everyone from my past present and future who gives me a story to tell. They say people are in your life for a reason or a season. I say everyone is in your life for a reason and mine is to add to my chapters.