This 16-Year-Old Made a Beat for Jay-Z’s Album

July 8, 2013  |  
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Parents might roll their eyes when their teens tell them they want to pursue a career in music. But 16-year-old Ebony Oshunrinde is living her dreams, working with the biggest name in the business. Having just finished the eleventh grade, the Toronto girl, who goes by WondaGurl in the studio, just had one of her beats used on “Crown”, a track on Jay-Z’s latest album “Magna Carta Holy Grail”.

She told Toronto’s the Star that she got inspired to begin producing when she saw a YouTube video of Jay-Z and Timbaland in the studio. At just 9 years old, Oshunrinde downloaded music software and got to work. She then went on to make it to the quarter finals of Battle of the Beatmakers when she was 14.

Earlier this year, she sent the beat on “Magna Carta Holy Grail” to her friend, rapper Travis Scott. When he told her her beat was going to be on Jay’s album, she thought he was joking. Why wouldn’t she? No one’s going to believe they’re gong to see their name in Jay-Z’s liner notes before they even graduate high school. Congratulations to Ebony!


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