Jay-Z allowed a high school student to craft a beat for "Magna Carta Holy Grail" and the song, "Crown," made the cut. Wondagurl talks about what it's like to be featured on S. Carter's latest release.
Ebony "Wondagurl" Oshunrinde, a highschool student, has a beat on Jay-Z's latest album, Magna Carta Holy Grail. The teenager from Ontario, Canada produced the beat for "Crown" on the album, an instrumental that was originally meant for Pusha T.
In an interview reported by The Sun, Wondagurl explained how the beat landed on the album. She crafted the beat and sent it to a friend, who just happened to be Travi$ Scott. Scott had been working with Jay-Z and Kanye West.
“Travi$ texted me and said, ‘I’m about to change your life.' Usually, that doesn’t happen to 16-year-olds," she explained soon after completing eleventh grade. "A lot more people want to work with me now. It’s pretty cool.”
In an interview with MTV, she added more about how the track came together.
“I was at home one day and I was looking for reggae samples for a while and I finally found this one that was like crazy, it was Sizzla's ‘Solid as a Rock,’” she shared. “I took it and I cut it up and I put it in the software FL Studio and I started building around it, just adding 808s and the more I built, I knew what I wanted.”
According to Wondagurl, the beat was made with Pusha T in mind after hearing "Blocka" but she's pleased with the outcome.
More from her interview with MTV can be seen below.
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Now, Wondagurl says she has hopes of working with Kanye West, Drake and Timbaland. She also added that she would like to make a "comeback" track for Keri Hilson, who she is a fan of.