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Meet Naomi Oshunrinde, The 19-Year-Old Nigerian-Canadian Who Has Produced For Rihanna And Jay Z

What do Drake, Jay-Z, Rihanna and Travi$ Scott have in common? They’ve all enlisted Ebony Naomi Oshunrinde, aka WondaGurl, to cook up some of their biggest bangers.

Ebony, 19, has been making beats since age nine, at first on a small Casio keyboard and told Fader back in 2013 that her childhood prowess with computer programming, and her mastering of various software programs, made blockbuster jams like Scott’s Antidote so easy for her.

At 16, she had already landed an assist on Jay-Z’s Magna Carta Holy Grail with Crown.

“I dream about completely taking over the game, in a Timbaland kind of way,” she told the magazine this year.

WondaGurl’s beat-making odyssey began at age eight, when her grandmother gave her a Casio keyboard. “I didn’t care about the melodies, but I was obsessed with the drum pads,” she recalls.

She was creating her own beats and posting them on YouTube, one of which caught the attention of hip-hop artist Travis Scott, who was working with Jay Z and sent him one of her tracks.

Now WondaGurl is developing a new sound – “I can’t describe what I’m imagining,” she says. “I just want it to be weird” – and teaming up with hip hop’s biggest names, including Kendrick Lamar and ASAP Ferg.

Her recent collaborators? Drake and Lil Wayne, who tapped her to produce “Used To,” a melancholy track off Weezy’s album.

Now 19 years old, Oshunrinde started producing on her keyboard with drum pads when she was only 9. She downloaded music software and taught herself how to use it from watching YouTube videos.


(Photo: Flare)

After watching a video of Jay Z and Timbaland working together in the studio, the self-taught producer got inspired to make her own beats – afterwards, she sent her work to Travis Scott, who has working with Jay Z at the time, and that’s how she got on Jay Z’s grammy-nominated album.

Speaking with Fader about her plans for the future, Oshunride said:

“I dream about completely taking over the game, in a Timbaland kind of way.”

Listen to one of her best beats, on the late rapper, Redway’s track, “YKTO (You Know the Ones)”:


Written by How Africa

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