Jay Z picked a 16 year old Nigerian Canadian girl named Ebony Oshunrinde to produce a track on his new album, “Magna Carta Holy Grail”.
Ebony, known also as WONDAGURL, got the call from Jay Z after meeting one of his friends who passed her beat to the rap mogul. Ebony is credited as a producer in one of Jay Z’s songs titled ‘Crown’ in the new album.
The 12th grader said “It’s a really good feeling. I want to show young people that they can do it.”. Read her inspiring story after the cut…
Her story is inspiring and impressive: after watching a video of Jay-Z and Timbaland working in the studio together at age 9, she began to download music software and teach herself how to use it by watching YouTube tutorials. “I wanted to do the exact same thing that [Jay-Z] did,” she recently told the Star. When she was 14, she made it to the quarter-finals of Toronto’s Battle of the Beatmakers. She won the title the following year, because she is incredible, and went on to sign an exclusive management deal with Black Box.
According to Ian Stanger, a representative with Black Box, “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. It’s her work that people should be paying attention to, not the fact that’s she 16.”
And her work is exactly what people have started to pay attention to. Earlier this year, Oshunrinde sent the beat to her friend Travis Scott, a young rapper and producer. He happened to be in the studio with Jay-Z when he received it – and when he told her that the cut had made it to the album, she thought he was joking.
“Usually that kind of thing doesn’t happen to 16-year-olds,” she explains.