Ebony Oshun­rinde

Elle (Canada) - - Special -

Han­dle @won­dagurl Her nine- to- when­ever gig mu­sic pro­ducer Up next Try­ing to work with Kanye

“I don’t know, I’m just try­ing to cre­ate a new genre,” says Ebony Oshun­rinde, be­fore paus­ing and laugh­ing at her own non­cha­lance. Her seem­ingly ca­sual re­mark is par­tic­u­larly af­fect­ing here as, cur­rently, the Bramp­ton-based 19-year-old pro­ducer is a wun­derkind of sorts and best known for be­ing the 16-year-old girl who pro­duced for Jay Z be­fore go­ing on to pro­duce two songs for Drake’s 2015 al­bum If You’re Read­ing This It’s Too Late. Oshun­rinde’s now leg­endary story goes some­thing like this: At age eight, she cre­ated her first track us­ing a Ca­sio key­board and then spent years teach­ing her­self how to cre­ate mu­sic on her com­puter be­fore a chance en­counter with rap­per Travis Scott saw her mu­sic land in the hands of Jay Z, who asked her to pro­duce the beats for the song “Crown” on his 2013 al­bum, Magna Carta Holy Grail. “It was weird,” she says. “It didn’t feel like my beat any­more be­cause you never imag­ine Jay Z us­ing your stuff—es­pe­cially at 16. And then it just started, in­clud­ing peo­ple know­ing my name.” While much of Oshun­rinde’s early ca­reer may sound serendip­i­tous, to­day the young pro­ducer spends nearly ev­ery mo­ment work­ing on her mu­sic. “I wake up and I make a beat, or I head straight down­town [Toronto] and just make beats at my friend’s condo all day. That’s it.” (She’s cur­rently ru­moured to be pro­duc­ing for Ri­hanna and Phar­rell.) Does she ever think about be­ing a woman in such a male-dom­i­nated arena? “It crosses my mind be­cause it has to cross my mind. Plus, peo­ple are con­stantly bring­ing it up. But I don’t care at all. It’s not about that, any­way—it’s just about cre­at­ing some­thing cool.” h

Cot­ton cardi­gan (Cheap Mon­day), polyester and cot­ton track jacket (Fred Perry, by Stüssy), acrylic brooch (I Still Love You NYC ), polyester lips and planet patches (Hay­ley El­saesser), che­nille polyester “Cream­si­cle” patch (Rose­hound Ap­parel), brass and enamel vin­tage dice pin (ban.do #girl­spopup) and earrings (Ebony’s own)

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