16-Year Old Canadian"Nigerian" Girl Makes Beat For Jay-Z’s New Album

Ebony Oshunrinde, a 16-year old Canadian-Nigerian girl, known as WondaGurl, has been listed in the credits for Jay-Zs new album, Magna
Carta Holy Grail.
Ebony, who resides in Brampton, southern Ontario, was credited for the track 'Crown'.
"It's a really good feeling. I want to show young
people that they can do it. Anybody can be
successful. It doesn't matter where you're from" the elated beat maker expressed her delight on being featured by one of the greatest rapper in the world.
The teenage self-taught producer is reported
to have started making her own beats after
watching a video showing Jay-Z and mega
producer Timbaland working in the studio
together on the album."It inspired me and I wanted to do the exact same thing that he did," she said.
At age 9, WondaGurl downloaded musi software and taught herself how to use it from watching YouTube videos, amazed by the idea of creating something from scratch.She came up with her name, WondaGurl, by swapping around the name of one of her favourite Canadian producers.
A year ago, after winning Toronto's Battle of
the Beat Makers competition at only 15,
Oshunrinde got serious about her music. She
signed on with Black Box, the same label as
Classified, and started working in a studio.
The beat that landed on Jay-Z's album began
with a reggae song. Oshunrinde sampled the
music and added her own twist using computer
software.
"It has a lot of bass and a lot of bounce," she
explained.She worked on her beat once and sent it to Travis Scott, a young rapper and producer
from Houston who met Oshunrinde last year. He
happened to be working in the studio with Jay-
Z when she sent him her beat.A few days later, Oshunrinde was at home with her brother and sister when her phone buzzed.
"He texted me and said, 'I'm about to change
your life," Oshunrinde said.When Scott told her that her cut made it on to Jay-Z's album, she thought it was a joke.
"Usually that doesn't really happen to 16-
year-olds," the teen said.And when she told her mother the good news,she cried.
Oshunrinde has never met Jay-Z and, like
everyone else, had to wait for the digital
release on July 4 to hear "Crown."She just got her passport last year, and hopes she'll meet the rap mogul when she travels to the USA soon.

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