For our first Sharks In The Water playlist feature, we spoke with Philadelphia artist FH Snoop. The 22-year-old Songwriter/Singer/Rapper released her standout single “Caribbean Jawn” in 2018 and the record is still in rotation and gaining traction today. Read below to learn how the song came about, Snoop’s journey into music, what’s next for her, and more.
When did you first begin singing and writing?
When I was younger, like nine years old, I was always rapping and writing little rhymes in a notepad and walking around the neighborhood rapping for family members and friends. I just began singing in 2017 when I started to develop my sound more.
Did you have any influences in music growing up?
I grew up on a lot of old school music by being in the house with my mom. She would listen to like The Whispers, Stevie Wonder, Prince, Michael Jackson and artists like that. Drake, is a big influence to me, so are Missy Elliott and Aaliyah. I also listened to Chris Brown throughout my whole childhood so I have to add him in there.
How did the song “Caribbean Jawn” come about?
Just experimenting in the studio, trying to just come up with something new to give to my fans. I really wasn't feeling the song the first time I went in the studio and recorded it. I actually tried it in the studio when I first met The Wolf, my Manager. They invited me out to the studio and I freestyled off the beat at first and then I recorded it. It was a hit to everybody else before it was a hit to me. I didn’t see the vision at first but everybody there was like "This is a hit, you gotta push this, you gotta push this". I'm just thinking like, wow, this isn't really me but it’s always those ones. So that's really how it came about, just me experimenting.
I really love that you've constantly made it known that you're going to be true to yourself coming up in the industry. Why has it been so important for you to be vocal about?
Staying true to who I am is so important to me because it's easier to get lost in this world today and it's so easy to try to live up to other people's expectations and live through other peoples' perception. But I just want to tell everybody just be yourself, be who you are and be confident in who you are and don't listen to what nobody else says. That really means a lot to me, just being yourself and staying true to who you are. So many people try throwing their fears on you or to shut down your dreams, you can't let them do that.
What do you hope listeners take away from your music?
I want people to be inspired through all the words and through my story. You know, I want them to be able to listen to my story and I want them to tell their story, through whatever, it can be painting, movies or whatever they want to do in life. I just want them to feel inspired to share it without fear and be confident in what they do and what they say.
Is there anything that people may not know about you?
I'm a girl [laughs]
What can we look forward to from you next?
I have my first ever concert at The Foundry hosted by Gheefunny Shawn August 15th. That's what I got coming up, a lot of shows. I'm just working, putting the groundwork in, you know, and like I said, staying true myself.
Follow FH Snoop on Instagram HERE and stream “Caribbean Jawn” below