There are a couple of things that everyone in the DMV can agree on. Mumbo sauce is amazing, the traffic is trash, and the fact that Wale had every female growing up in the early 2010’s thinking they were an “ambitious” girl. Maryland’s own Nyla Symone still believes Wale‘s female-friendly poetic smash was written about her to this day. When I listened back to the ‘More About Nothing’ standout track ‘Ambitious Girl’ I had no choice but to agree with her. Folarin starts the track exclaiming “My ambitious girl, I won’t forget you, I just reflect on how I ain’t met you, yet boo, You somewhere, getting your life in order, So for this time being, I hope this open scribe might support her, Support her, or work her, she worth it.” After we finished our interview, I concluded that the 23-year-old media darling is the definition of ambitious.
At 23, Nyla Symone has become the youngest media personality and DJ at Power 105.1, New York’s #1 radio station for Hip-Hop & R&B. She has become everyone’s favorite little sister in at the office. She has learned from everyone from the legendary Angie Martinez to The Breakfast Club’s Charlamange Tha God. Although she has achieved such great success, it is only a testament to her relentless work ethic and networking skills. Nyla‘s path to where she is now is exciting. She is a big believer in the universe and positive energy. Naturally, growing up a huge fan of J. Cole she decided to attend his alma mater St. John’s University. Although the school did not have much of social life, Nyla was able to spread her social wings by joining various clubs and spending a semester in Europe. Something she said that stood out to me was “You learn a lot about yourself when you step outside your comfort zone.”
During her time in college, she started in the industry by working at the college radio station and created her
The industry is full of highs and lows. To be a female in the entertainment industry, you have to deal with egos, misogyny, and negative comments from the fans. You also have to deal with the internal struggle of deciding how to balance being a fan and a professional at the same time which I feel she handles very well. Unfortunately, Nyla says people tend to use her kindness as a weakness, so she had to turn up.
Nyla told me that she found success when she started showing the world what she wanted. You have to speak your wildest goals into existence. Although the 23-year old media star is living a dream, she has a goal to become the Music Director some day. This past year she has done many interesting interviews, from Blueface, YNW Melly, and Jacquees, but she hopes to interview acts like J. Cole, Wale, Wiz, and Kendrick Lamar. In her spare time, she makes super dope old school infused music playlist and enjoys to