16-year-old Ebony Oshunrindeproduced the “Crown” track on Jay-Z’s new album Magna Carta Holy Grail.
In an interview with CBC, Ebony (also known as “Wondagurl”) revealed that she learned to produce beats after watching a video of Jay-Z and Timbaland in the studio when she was just nine years old. She then taught herself how to make beats by watching videos on YouTube:
There’s a video with Jay-Z and [Timbaland] in the studio. So I was like I want to do what Timbaland does.
After creating “The Crown”, Ebony sent the track to rapper DJ Travis Scott, who somehow got it in the hands of Jay-Z:
“A few days after, DJ Travi$ Scott messaged me and said I’m about to change your life. He called me actually and then said you’re on Jay-Z’s album and like congratulations. I felt like crying.”
Now, her goal is to win a Grammy! She wants women, especially young girls to know:
“You can do anything that you want. Not even in music, in anything that is male dominated, you can do it. Just try.”