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Amazing 16-Year-Old Girl Created a Beat for Jay-Z’s New Album
Canadian teen Ebony Oshunrinde, who aptly goes by the moniker WondaGirl in the studio, has just finished the 11th grade. She’s also just been credited as a producer on “Crown,” a track on Jay-Z’s new album “Magna Carta Holy Grail.”
Her story is insanely inspiring and impressive: after watching a video of Jay-Z and Timbaland working in the studio together at age 9, she began to download music software and teach herself how to use it by watching YouTube tutorials. “I wanted to do the exact same thing that [Jay-Z] did,” she recently told the Star. When she was 14, she made it to the quarter-finals of Toronto’s Battle of the Beatmakers. (FOURTEEN. I didn’t even know how to make a grilled cheese when I was 14.) She won the title the following year, because she is incredible, and went on to sign an exclusive management deal with Black Box.
According to Ian Stanger, a representative with Black Box, “It’s amazing to see somebody with that much talent working as hard as she can to make the most of it at such a young age. It’s her work that people should be paying attention to, not the fact that’s she 16.”
And her work is exactly what people have started to pay attention to. Earlier this year, Oshunrinde sent the beat to her friend Travis Scott, a young rapper and producer. He happened to be in the studio with Jay-Z when he received it — and when he told her that the cut had made it to the album, she thought he was joking.
"Usually that kind of thing doesn’t happen to 16-year-olds," she explains. No, Ebony, it usually does not.
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Amazing 16-Year-Old Girl Created a Beat for Jay-Z’s New Album

Canadian teen Ebony Oshunrinde, who aptly goes by the moniker WondaGirl in the studio, has just finished the 11th grade. She’s also just been credited as a producer on “Crown,” a track on Jay-Z’s new album “Magna Carta Holy Grail.”

Her story is insanely inspiring and impressive: after watching a video of Jay-Z and Timbaland working in the studio together at age 9, she began to download music software and teach herself how to use it by watching YouTube tutorials. “I wanted to do the exact same thing that [Jay-Z] did,” she recently told the Star. When she was 14, she made it to the quarter-finals of Toronto’s Battle of the Beatmakers. (FOURTEEN. I didn’t even know how to make a grilled cheese when I was 14.) She won the title the following year, because she is incredible, and went on to sign an exclusive management deal with Black Box.

According to Ian Stanger, a representative with Black Box, “It’s amazing to see somebody with that much talent working as hard as she can to make the most of it at such a young age. It’s her work that people should be paying attention to, not the fact that’s she 16.”

And her work is exactly what people have started to pay attention to. Earlier this year, Oshunrinde sent the beat to her friend Travis Scott, a young rapper and producer. He happened to be in the studio with Jay-Z when he received it — and when he told her that the cut had made it to the album, she thought he was joking.

"Usually that kind of thing doesn’t happen to 16-year-olds," she explains. No, Ebony, it usually does not.

(Source: tellmewhere2start)


rosy-pop:

"So one of our owners Judi was walking on the beach this morning cleaning up the junk that washed into shore and finds a bottle with a message in it. There is also some sand and 2 one dollar bills. Once we get it open and read the notes we find out that it is in fact NOT sand. It is the ashes of this woman’s husband of 27 years named Gordon. She writes that He loved to travel so she sent him traveling in a bottle with a note and money for someone to call home and tell her where he landed. He started at Big Pine Key in March of 2012 and then went to Islamerada where someone found him. They added a note and sent him traveling again and he landed on our beach in Key Colony. Judi called the wife in Tennessee who was excited to know of Gordon’s travels! Judi added her note, we put him in a rum bottle (you know added a little fun to his trip) with the three notes. We added another dollar in case Gordon travels far and a long distance call is needed. We will be having a memorial service or celebration of his life on our beach later today before sending him on his way again. Only our sister Judi could find a dead guy on our beach!”
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rosy-pop:

"So one of our owners Judi was walking on the beach this morning cleaning up the junk that washed into shore and finds a bottle with a message in it. There is also some sand and 2 one dollar bills. Once we get it open and read the notes we find out that it is in fact NOT sand. It is the ashes of this woman’s husband of 27 years named Gordon. She writes that He loved to travel so she sent him traveling in a bottle with a note and money for someone to call home and tell her where he landed. He started at Big Pine Key in March of 2012 and then went to Islamerada where someone found him. They added a note and sent him traveling again and he landed on our beach in Key Colony. Judi called the wife in Tennessee who was excited to know of Gordon’s travels! Judi added her note, we put him in a rum bottle (you know added a little fun to his trip) with the three notes. We added another dollar in case Gordon travels far and a long distance call is needed. We will be having a memorial service or celebration of his life on our beach later today before sending him on his way again. Only our sister Judi could find a dead guy on our beach!”

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Anyone who believes that “immersion” is a term that should not apply to gaming, or that ideas involving immersive design should be removed from video games is frighteningly wrong. Not only that, but the argument that “immersion” is a bad term, or that games should not be made with immersion in mind are as dangerous to the medium as attempts to ban it.

Why Holodeck-Level Immersion is the Future of Gaming (via jackthecb)


kateoplis:

"Sometimes she is elaborate and theatrical, sometimes she is austere and heartbreakingly emotional, sometimes she is asleep in a box. She is her own category, and though she is very fair — almost the color of a cloud — I think we can safely say nearly everything in life pales when viewed alongside her."

Wes AndersonTilda Swinton Honored at MoMA on her 53rd Birthday

Previous MoMA Film honorees include Tarantino, Almodovar, Bigelow, and Burton.


bradelterman:

bradelterman:

I saw Lou Reed a few times in concert back in the seventies. The shows were totally cosmic. During Heroin, you really thought that he was shooting up on stage. He always opened the show with Sweet Jane which is one of the greatest rock and roll songs right up there with Hey Joe. I never had a photo pass and I never saw him around L.A. so I had no Lou photos until 2007 when I met him in New York at a photo event. Sure, he was much older now, but still amazingly cool. 
Photo by Brad Elterman

I am in the state of shock. I just got the news. Sad Sunday.
I saw Lou Reed perform several times during the 70’s. He was so cool on stage and I never forgot those days. A few years ago, I got to personally meet Lou for the first time in New York and I took this photograph. 
RIP Lou!

bradelterman:

bradelterman:

I saw Lou Reed a few times in concert back in the seventies. The shows were totally cosmic. During Heroin, you really thought that he was shooting up on stage. He always opened the show with Sweet Jane which is one of the greatest rock and roll songs right up there with Hey Joe. I never had a photo pass and I never saw him around L.A. so I had no Lou photos until 2007 when I met him in New York at a photo event. Sure, he was much older now, but still amazingly cool. 

Photo by Brad Elterman

I am in the state of shock. I just got the news. Sad Sunday.

I saw Lou Reed perform several times during the 70’s. He was so cool on stage and I never forgot those days. A few years ago, I got to personally meet Lou for the first time in New York and I took this photograph. 

RIP Lou!


Miguel Migs ft. Meshell Mdegeocello - Tonight
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Tonight - Miguel Migs ft. Meshell Mdegeocello

thoughtwarehouse:

Friday afternoon blues?,…Forget ‘em!!! 

Miguel Migs and Meshell Mdegeocello both have the remedy for those Friday afternoon blues with this beauty of a track entitled 'Tonight'. For those of you stuck behind the desk on this brisk Fall afternoon, remember the weekend’s on its way.

Enjoy!!,..