Jay-Z is the second richest rapper next to Diddy, with a net worth of $500 million. More than that, he’s had successful albums and some of the most influential songs in hip hop throughout his career. Many music producers and beat-makers would do almost anything to partner up with Beyonce’s legendary husband. This is why many jaws have dropped after hearing that a young teen’s beat was chosen for Jay-Z’s new album Magna Carta Holy Grail, reports Jezebel.
At 16 years old, Ebony Oshunrinde submitted a beat to a young rapper and producer out of Houston known as Travis Scott. In a stroke of luck, Scott happened to be in the studio with Jay-Z when he received the beat. A few days later, Scott texted Oshurinde telling her, “I’m about to change your life.” Oshurinde thought Scott was joking with her when “he told her that the cut had made it to the album,” Jezebel added.
“Usually that kind of thing doesn’t happen to 16-year-olds,” Oshunrinde said.
Oshunrinde was inspired to create beats at the tender age of nine when she watched a video of Jay-Z and Timbaland working in the studio. “I wanted to do the same exact thing that [Jay-Z] did,” she told the Toronto Star. She downloaded music software online that encouraged her new drive for beat-making. She taught herself how to use these programs by watching YouTube tutorials religiously.
At the age of 14, young Oshunrinde reached the quarter-finals of Toronto’s Battle of the Beatmakers. The next year, she won and even got signed for a management deal with Black Box, a label.
“It’s amazing to see somebody with that much talent working as hard as she can to make the most of it at such a young age,” said Ian Stanger, a representative of Black Box.
The young Canadian beatmaker, who calls herself WondaGurl, hasn’t met Jay-Z yet and had no special privileges in hearing her beat on “Crown” before everyone else, but hopes “she’ll meet the rap mogul next time she ventures south of the border,” said 360nobs.com.
After the jump, we’ve got a CBC video with the story of how she made it to Magna Carta Holy Grail.