Natura Inspiration: 16 – year old Ebony Oshunrinde Produced Jay Z ‘s “Crown” Off Of “MCHG”!!!

Natura Inspiration: 16 – year old Ebony Oshunrinde Produced Jay Z ‘s “Crown” Off Of “MCHG”!!!

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I always love reading about young entrepreneurs and visionaries, who are taking risks and making the impossible possible.  This past weekend, Jay Z released to the world his new album Magna Carta Holy Grail, in conjunction with Samsung.  Working with hit makers such as Pharrell, Swizz Beatz, The Dream, and Timbaland, Jay- Z lined up an all-star team to create a masterpiece of an album. If you know Jay Z, then you know that he is very selective when it comes to the people that he decides to work with and incorporate in his projects.  Always trying to re-invent himself and looking for some fresh talent for the album, Jay Z stumbled upon a 16- year old mastermind in the making.

Check out the story below…

16- year old Ebony ” Wondagurl” Oshunrinde had a dream to be like super producer Timbaland, and she’s making it a reality.  Originally from Toronto, Canada, Ebony, at the tender age of 9 began making beats after watching a video with Jay Z and Timbaland in the studio.  Using the most accessible resource that she had at the time, which was her computer, Ebony taught herself how to make beats by watching videos on Youtube.  At the age of 14, Ebony entered Toronto’s Battle of the Beatmakers, and she made it all the way to the quarterfinals before being eliminated.  Not letting defeat stop her from her dream, Ebony tried out for the competition again the following year, and won the whole thing!!!  After winning, she got signed to Black Box, and the rest is history.

Ebony was granted the opportunity of a lifetime, but this isn’t it for her. She says that her main goal is to win a Grammy, and she wants women especially young girls to know ” You can do anything you want.  Not even in music, in anything that is male dominated, you can do it. Just try.”

Check out her interview with CBC below..

Check out the song she produced below…

Ebony’s story inspires me to continue doing what I’m doing with Natura, and I hope she inspired you to go after your dreams as well.



ITS LIT!! Malia Brown is the creator of UrbanSocial and Natura magazine. She is the former college ambassador for ESSENCE, a Journalist, and an on-air personality. Malia is a recent graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and she reports on beauty, pop-culture, political affairs, and race relations.

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