Jay-Z‘s latest album “Magna Carta Holy Grail” has helped one teenager realize her dreams. Ebony Oshunrinde is a 16-year-old girl from Brampton, Ontario, Canada who has been cited as a producer on “Crown,” a song on Jay-Z’s new release.
“It’s a really good feeling. I want to show young people that they can do it,” she said. “Anybody can be successful. It doesn’t matter where you’re from.”
Known as WondaGurl to the hip-hop world, Oshunrinde says she was inspired to start making her own beats after watching a video of Jay-Z and Timbaland in the studio together. So, at the age of 9, she download some music software and began making her own beats.
“It inspired me and I wanted to do the exact same thing that he did,” she said.
The beat used on “Crown” samples a popular reggae song with Oshunrinde’s personal touch added on with heavier bass “and a lot of bounce.” She sent it over to rapper Travis Scott, whom she had met last year. Scott happened to be working with Jay-Z in the studio at the time and a few days later, Oshunrinde received a text message from Scott saying, “I’m about to change your life.”
Oshunrinde has never met Jay-Z herself and she had to wait for “Magna Carta Holy Grail” to be released on Thursday before she was able to hear the song she contributed to.