Jay-Z is known for finding talented rappers and making them huge. Hell, he’s the one that gave Kanye West his massive start. And maybe the rap maestro has found his latest icon: 16 year old Canadian producer Ebony Oshunrinde, also known as WondaGurl.
The teenager is credited on Jay-Z’s latest album ‘Magna Carta Holy Grail‘ as the producer of the song ‘Crown‘.
Oshunrinde, who has only just finished 11th grade at school, came to the hip-hop legend’s attention when she met him through an acquaintance, Travis Scott. WondaGurl met up with Scott, and gave him a mix-tape of reggae-influenced beats that she made for show. Scott passed on the tape to the Hip-Hop mogul, who instantly wanted to meet up with teenage sensation.
“Travis texted me and said, ‘I’m about to change your life,’” said Oshunrinde.
“Usually, that doesn’t happen to 16-year-olds. A lot more people want to work with me now. It’s pretty cool”
“It’s a really good feeling,” she added. “I want to show young people that they can do it.”
Oshunrinde isn’t the only person on the LP littered with talent. The list includes Jay-Z’s spouse and diva sensation Beyoncé, heartthrob Justin Timberlake, as well fellow rappers, Rick Ross and Frank Ocean.
The album is out now for online purchase, and comes on the back of the Jay-Z’s rather unusual campaign with Samsung mobile to promote the album.
‘Magna Carta Holy Grail’ has received positive reviews from critics, with USA Today giving the album four stars out of four and The New York Daily News giving it four stars out of five.