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Introducing Wondagurl – The 16 Year Old Nigerian Canadian Who Produced on American Rapper Jay-Z’s New Album “Magna Carta Holy Grail”

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Wondagurl (real name Ebony Oshunrinde) has been the talk of the music scene for about two months now, ever since she collaborated with rapper/producer Travi$ Scott. Travi$ Scott is signed as a producer to Kanye West‘s very GOOD Beats record label imprint and signed on as a Rapper to T.I‘s Grand Hustle record label imprint.

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She produced Travi$ Scott‘s hit single, “Uptown” which turned a lot of heads when they found out that it was a 16 year old girl behind the hard Trap/Hip-Hop production. As Travi$ Scott was called on to Jay-Z‘s latest album, “Magna Carta Holy Grail” last minute, Travi$ Scott did the introductions and track 8, “Crown” was made, as they say – the rest is history.

In an interview with Complex magazine, she told her story of how she became a producer.

“I started when I was 9-years-old. I was on my computer watching YouTube videos of Timbaland—he’s my favorite producer. When I saw those videos of Timbaland, I fell in love with what he does in making the instrumentals, and I wanted to do the same thing. I started out making little beats on my keyboard, and then I went up to Magix Music Maker, then to Reason, and then FL Studio.”

After she competed in the 2012 Battle of the Beatmakers competition and won, the Drake-affiliated Boi-1da took her under his wing and since then, she has worked on tracks for SonReal & Rich Kidd as well as Ryan Leslie.

Wondagurl & Ryan Leslie

Wondagurl & Ryan Leslie

Seven years after she took interest in producing music, she has produced on one of the biggest Hip-Hop albums to date, on which most of the production credits go to her mentor, Timbaland. She also spoke to the Huffington post recently on her production credit on Jay-Z‘s album.

The day after the album soft-launched

“It was crazy. Just people calling me, texting me and tweeting me all the time. My phone was just blowing up.”

On how she got on Jay-Z’s album

“I made a beat and sent it to Travi$ Scott and he said he was gonna do some stuff with it. A few days later, he texted me and said he was about to change my life but he wouldn’t tell me what he was talking about. Then he called me and told me I was officially on Jay-Z‘s album.”

With all this success in such a short career, Ebony Oshunrinde has just finished 11th grade and her parents want her to, at least, finish High School.

“I have to focus on school because if I don’t my mom takes my computer away.”

Wondagurl & her mother, Jozie Oshunrinde

Wondagurl & her mother, Jozie Oshunrinde

Watch her interview with CBC here!


Check out more of WondaGurl‘s beats on her Soundcloud.

Photo Credit: Instagram – Wondagurl | Instagram – jozie_o

25 Comments

  1. Soum

    July 8, 2013 at 10:45 am

    ##Amazeballs…..

  2. Dora the explorer

    July 8, 2013 at 10:50 am

    this is just pure genius!!! wonder(gurl)ful!!!

  3. Alero

    July 8, 2013 at 10:56 am

    I am proud of you Wondagurl 🙂

  4. Hurperyermie

    July 8, 2013 at 10:59 am

    i love this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! USA won’t talk about this now o if na bad thing they go don dey call us stupid names

  5. Doll

    July 8, 2013 at 11:05 am

    Congratulations! Well done!

    This was my favourite part of the interview…“I have to focus on school because if I don’t my mom takes my computer away.” 🙂

  6. Chika

    July 8, 2013 at 11:08 am

    Nice!!!!!

  7. Aderonke

    July 8, 2013 at 11:23 am

    Go Ebony Oshunrinde, another Naija girl making us proud. U look simple as well. I am sure u have your head on your shoulders, please keep it still and go get them baby!
    I had to laugh when i read the line about her mum ““I have to focus on school because if I don’t my mom takes my computer away.” looool. That’s one of the greatest gift any parent can give their child. Finish school babes and show the world that u can be whoever what to be even in the entertainment world and still have a firm education!

  8. pynk

    July 8, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    good things!

  9. lee

    July 8, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    wow! wow!! wow!!! … am so blown away… aswear! jeeeeeeezzzzzzz, so inspired… God bless n keep u baby, may u find happiness in all u do and may ur talent continually show forth…
    and yea, focus on school dear .

  10. Joy

    July 8, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    I read her story on a local newspaper in Melbourne and they didn’t even mention Nigeria. If na bad thing now them go remember say she be Nigerian. So proud of you dear.

  11. HoneyFromGH

    July 8, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    oooh wondagurl,wonda mama here is proud of u….keep on keeping.

  12. comment awaiting moderation

    July 8, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    Nigerian,from which state? I luv Timberland too,I wish he sing more often!

  13. jcsgrl

    July 8, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    Yes dear you’ve entered into your Kairos moment. May it be permanent for you IJN

  14. 'Mide

    July 8, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    Don Jazzy move over , you now have competition from a 16 year old Naija gal o! Incrementally, we are seeing black people of Nigerian and African descent taking over roles traditional the preserve of African Americans and the Caribbeans globally. There is future for the black African , I see it here , already!

    • sexy mama

      July 8, 2013 at 3:23 pm

      get over yourself…..how many things dem don take over.. **exaggerating tingz**

    • 'Mide

      July 8, 2013 at 3:33 pm

      @ sexy whatever , you know I qualified my statement, and wrote incrementally. I wrote it not as an exaggeration, but as a statement of fact. Mind you I did not just say Nigerians , but Africans too. If you have a reading comprehension, It is hard for me to reset you to tabula rasa. It seems you have comprehension problems.

  15. VaDay

    July 8, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    First time I’ve ever seen Ryan Leslie embrace a brown sister!

  16. FRIED RICE

    July 8, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    i hope people are seeing this! I know alot of kids that are not proud to be NIGERIAN! we nigerians dont need anything from anyone! all we have to do is pray for the USELESS men in our government!

  17. jim

    July 8, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    I bet she uses FL STUDIO Tutorials from beatgenerals.weebly.com

  18. Geega

    July 8, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    am so proud of you girl.

  19. mo

    July 9, 2013 at 12:22 am

    Once again claiming her as Nigerian because na better thing she dey do. Make una dey deceive yourselves. She’s as canadian as canadian can be!

    • jinkelele

      July 9, 2013 at 11:03 am

      we will claim her cos its good. Osunrinde is not in the genealogical history of canada neither is it a french word

  20. Grace

    July 9, 2013 at 9:11 am

    Wow

  21. Ice

    July 9, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    Proud fof you..Canadian or Nigerian

    gistonice.blogspot.com

  22. Toyin

    July 9, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    Nigerians have so much talent, and cant wait to see what we can do when given opportunities, and used properly. And, looking forward for her to win a grammy. Stay focus and keep doing what u love best, Ebony.

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