It's easy to forget how young some of our favorite performers are when they enter the music world. From Michael Jackson's Jack 5 debut at the age of 11, to Lorde's chart-topping single "Royals" at the age of 16, it doesn't take much life experience to make a splash in the music industry. Tuesdays Under 21 is a Music Times feature dedicated to bringing attention to talented musicians and performers under the age of 21. Who knows? They just might be the next big thing. This week we introduce you to...
WHO: Ebony "WondaGurl" Oshunrinde
WHERE: Brampton, Ontario
WHY: If you follow news surrounding hip-hop, you know the genre is always under attack for either A) the misogynistic content of lyrics or B) the lack of female performers compared to male rappers. The lack of female beatmakers in the industry hasn't even been addressed because the slate is so blank. Ebony "WondaGurl" Oshunrinde might not only give women and production a good name-she might do it while she's in high school.
WondaGurl had already won prominent production contests in Canada when she got her work placed with rappers such as French Montana and Travi$ Scott. She made major headlines when she earned a production credit for the track "Crown" for Jay Z's Magna Carta Holy Grail. One track might not seem like a huge deal, but you can bet few performers have more samples sent to them than Hov does. The fact that she caught the attention of the biggest name in hip-hop is incredible. She's listed as a producer on an album that features production work from Timbaland, Pharrell Williams, Mike Will Made It and Swiss Beatz.
"Crown" combines a Kanye-esque sample, layers of sub-bass and creeping electric keys to form a paranoid mood that matches Jay's lyrical themes perfectly.
WondaGurl has Kendrick Lamar, Pusha T and Timbaland on her wish list of performers to team with. Lamar and Pusha are safe bets...those two appreciate a good beat. Timbaland might be tough however...he might hesitate to work with competition.