You know Nigerians always claim anybody that achieves an impressive feat, as long as that person has a Nigerian name; so get  used to it.


 A 16-year old teenager of Canadian-Nigerian decent named Ebony Oshunrinde aka WondaGurl, was surprisingly among the credit list for Jay-Zs new album, Magna Carta Holy Grail.

Ebony Oshunrinde stays in Brampton – southern Ontario was credited for producing the track “Crown” on Jay-Z’s new album; the feat drew encouraging and positive response from music lovers all over the world.

“It’s a really good feeling. I want to show young people that they can do it. Anybody can be successful. It doesn’t matter where you’re from,” Ebony said.

Ebony Oshunrinde starting producing beats after been inspired by video of Jay-Z and beat master Timbaland working together in a studio.

“It inspired me and I wanted to do the exact same thing that he did,” she said.

At age 9, she had already downloaded beat making software and trained herself how to use it from watching various online tutorial videos on YouTube.

Her stage name WondaGurl was gotten simply by swapping around the name of her favorite Canadian producer Boi-1da who has worked with industry giants like Kanye West and Drake, and also contributed to Jay-Z’s new album.

Last year, Ebony won a Toronto’s Battle of the Beat Makers competition at the tender age of 15; this feat made Ebony get even more serious about her music and she signed on with Black Box, the same label as Classified, and started working in a studio.

“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,” said Ian Stanger, a representative with Black Box. “It’s her work that people should be paying attention to, not the fact that’s she 16.

The beat she produced on the mega Jay-Z’s album began with a reggae song which she sampled then added her own improvisation using computer software.


“It has a lot of bass and a lot of bounce,” she explained.

After Ebony had done all she could on the beat, she mailed it to Travis Scott – a young rapper and producer from Houston who she met last year. Travis Scott happened to working in the studio with Jay-Z when she sent him her beat.

Days later, Ebony was  home with her siblings when her phone buzzed.

“He texted me and said, ‘I’m about to change your life,’” Ebony 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,” Ebony said.

And when she told her mother the good news, she cried.

Ebony 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.”             Giztzzz…             madetv!



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