When Jay-Z effectively hijacked the NBA Finals to annonce his new album “Magna Carta Holy Grail,” one of the first questions we asked at the day job was “who would the new producers on the album be?” Hov has a good habit of letting at least one new name on an album and this time around is no different.
The track “Crown” was produced by 16-year-old Ebony Oshunrinde, aka WondaGurl. The Battle of The Beatmakers champion cribbed her name from one of her biggest influences, Boi-1Da and already has placements with Travis $cott (“Uptown”) under her belt. At the age of 9 she got on Youtube and watched videos of Timbaland making beats before downloading a copy of FL Studio.
“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,” she told Complex Music.” 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.”
Oshunrinde built the beat for “Crown” around a sample of Sizzla’s “Solid As A Rock” that she flipped in FL Studio. “It’s a really good feeling. I want to show young people that they can do it,” told the Toronto Star. “Anybody can be successful. It doesn’t matter where you’re from.”