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 Beyonc¨¦, 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.