Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) students; however, when she whips out a multitude of lyrics
from behind her Kinesiology book, it becomes clear that there is something vaguely
unusual about this seemingly quiet college undergrad.
After 15 years in the business of academia, as an employee and student, Freeman
is finally embarking on a new venture with her two roommates in efforts to expand the
hip hop arena via their music group called R6B.
The female Mc (femcee) formerly known as Freeman now uses the stage name Naylah.
The name Naylah means “she gets what she wants because she deserves it” in Swahilli.
Naylah, the Oakland, Calif. native, is prone to a quiet, laid-back persona--until
she hops on any given track. She busts your calm expectations of her with a sudden
spinning-popping flair and her signature hip-hop moves. Naylah also claims to be a "geeky girl" with a great interest in dance and kinesiology.
There is an amusing story behind the initial development of the group R6b. “My
roommate and I were bored and goofing around as usual…I was broke, hungry, and I
started free styling about it...by the end of the night I became serious about it (rapping)
and we came up with our first single, which is available to the public now,” said the
A passionate rapper with a considerable technique and fine sense of humor,
Naylah is quickly becoming a highly regarded female MC -- especially on the West
Coast. “The best part about this (rapping) is that I don’t look at it as a job. It is something
I love and enjoying doing…it just comes natural,” said Naylah, eyeballing the pencil and
paper across the table.
There seems to be an unusually small number of active, ambitious female rappers
in California and the group R6b has resulted in a remarkable surge of hip-hop girl power
over the last year. And what's more, it's good for business.
Local hip-hop concert promoters and club owners are constantly striving to
attract more upscale and less overtly male audiences to shows, and lately it seems like the
best solution is to get a female rapper on your bill.
This group of femcees is gradually becoming a tangible movement--one that's
already spawned an official networking organization, several themed concerts, and now a
The future of the group R6B seems to be looking up in Naylah’s eyes. “In the next
five…professionally, I see my group featured on different artists tracks, hopefully with
Beyonce or Kanye West if they are still in he game…I also see our album out and in a top
spot on the Billboard charts…I also see a few awards,” said the ambitious Mc.
Today, R6b blends the unique groove and style of each its three female performers
into one dynamic unit. The group’s three female performers throw a new twist on hip
hop as they belt out their witty repertoire and give up the best dance moves. “You
typically don’t come across too many female rappers who are serious about this as a
career…it is more like a hobby for them,” said Naylah, the self proclaimed “paper
Naylah and her group members, who were collectively harboring unknown talent
while trying to find their place and themselves in the world of entertainment, have finally
proven to be what the “game” has been missing.
“Our group’s break-out album is a great mixture of fun & natural talent with beats
that move your feet to produce a fresh urban sound not far from those in the mainstream
area,” says Naylah. She wants the world to be prepared for something totally fun, fresh,
fly, and flashy when thinking of her group.
With such raw female vigor and ambition multiplied by three, don’t be surprised
to see Naylah and her group, R6B, go quadruple platinum, headline a tour, and sell out all the best venues.