Jay-Z’s latest album “Magna Carta Holy Grail” has been the toast of social media since its July 4th debut. But while Samsung users wrestled to download the album despite a faulty app, and Hot 97’s Funkmaster Flex dropped bombs over the radio, 16-year-old Ebony Oshunrinde was having the time of her life.
Oshunrinde, a Toronto-native, produced “Crown,” a bass-heavy track that cleverly samples Sizzla’s classic tune “Solid As A Rock,” and immediately rocketed to the spotlight.
While producing a track for Jay-Z is an artist’s dream, Oshunrinde’s story is even more awesome.
After watching a video of Jay-Z and Timbaland in the studio, Oshunrinde knew she wanted to make music. The teen, who goes by the name Wondagurl, immediately downloaded production software and began watching YouTube videos to learn how to make beats.
She was nine.
“I was just amazed. I was like, ‘I want to do what Timbaland does.’”
When she was 14, Oshunrinde entered Toronto’s Battle of the Beatmakers contest and made it to the quarterfinals. Although she didn’t win, she kept trying, and took home the trophy a year later.
Earlier this year she sent a beat to Houston rapper Travis Scott who passed the track onto to Jay-Z. A few days later, Scott sent Wondagurl a text saying, “I’m about to change your life.”
He did. Although Oshunrinde hasn’t met Jay-Z yet, since news of the 16-year-old’s skills came to light, she’s been garnering a lot more interest from artists looking for a producer.
“A lot more people want to work with me now,” she told the Star. “It’s pretty cool.”