Budding 16-year-old hip hop producer Ebony Oshunrinde, a.k.a. WondaGurl, of Brampton, Ont., contributed beats to the track Crown on Jay-Z's new album Magna Carta Holy Grail.(Webster Media)
Canadian teen beat-maker featured
Magna Carta Holy Grail also has a Canadian connection, courtesy of budding Brampton, Ont.-based producer Ebony Oshunrinde, a.k.a. WondaGurl.
The 16-year-old Oshunrinde, who first delved into hip hop production using music software at the age of nine, has been building her profile over the past few years. Under the wing of Canadian producer Boi-1Da, she triumphed at the 2012 Battle of the Beatmakers and has created beats for Canadian rappers SonReal & Rich Kidd, singer-rapper Ryan Leslie and rapper-producer Travis Scott.
Her work with Scott led to her inclusion in Jay-Z's Magna Carta: Oshunrinde just happened to send Scott a new beat she was working on while the Texas rapper was in studio with Jay-Z. Subsequently, the teen's beat is now featured on the album's track Crown.
"It's a really good feeling. I want to show young people that they can do it," Oshunrinde, who just finished Grade 11, told the Toronto Star. "Anybody can be successful. It doesn’t matter where you're from." - CBC News
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