Karissa Donkin of The Toronto Star is reporting that Brampton’s Ebony Oshunrinde, 16, created a beat used on “Crown,” a track on Jay-Z’s Magna Carta Holy Grail.
The teenage producer goes by the moniker of “WondaGurl” and started making beats after watching a video of Jay-Z and super producer Timbaland working together in a studio. Oshurinde, who does homework before making beats, decided to try her hand at producing beats, downloading software and experimenting at age nine, teaching herself by watching YouTube videos. Last year, ‘WondaGurl’ won Toronto’s Battle of the Beat Makers competition, motivating her to take music more seriously. She signed with Black Box and started working in the 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.”
The rest is as they say, hip-hop history.
“It’s a really good feeling. I want to show young people that they can do it,” said Oshunrinde, who just finished the eleventh grade.
Read more at TheStar.com.