In the hip hop world, she’s WondaGurl, a budding producer who created a beat that appears on Magna Carta Holy Grail , Jay-Z’s new album.
At home, in Brampton, she’s Ebony Oshunrinde, a 16-year-old Nigerian-Canadian girl who does her homework before heading to a computer to make beats.
One of those beats has scored her a production credit on “Crown,” a track on the long-awaited new Jay-Z album that was released digitally to a million customers via a free Samsung app beginning Thursday at 12:01 a.m.
“It’s a really good feeling. I want to show young people that they can do it,” said Oshunrinde, who just finished Grade 11 at Chinguacousy Secondary School .
The producing prodigy started making her own beats after watching a video showing Jay-Z and mega producer Timbaland working in the studio together.
“It inspired me and I wanted to do the exact same thing that he did,” said the teenage who also won Toronto’s Battle of the Beat Makers competition at only 15.
Ebony Oshunrinde 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 Thursday morning to hear “Crown.”
She just got her passport last year, and hopes she’ll meet the rap mogul next time she ventures south of the border.
Since Scott spilled the beans on Twitter about Oshunrinde’s appearance on Magna Carta Holy Grail , the teen has received lots of supportive tweets .
“A lot more people want to work with me now. It’s pretty cool.”
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