Makeba Riddick

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Makeba Riddick
Born West Baltimore, U.S.
Genres R&B, pop, urban
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, vocal producer
Instruments Keyboards, sampler
Years active 2002 – present
Labels Bad Boy Music Publishing / EMI Music Publishing (2002–06)
Roc Nation (2006 – present)

Makeba Riddick (also known as "Girl Wonder") is a singer-songwriter who has been active since 2005.[1] She is originally from West Baltimore,[2] Maryland, US. Currently she is managed by Jay-Z's record label and production house, Roc Nation. Their official website describes her as one of the industry's top pop music songwriters and vocal producers.[3]

Background[edit]

Riddick attended Baltimore School for the Arts before graduating from Berklee College of Music (Boston) with a bachelor's degree in Music Management. She moved to New York City to develop her career as a songwriter. Her early break came from songwriting and singing background vocals for 3LW, Jennifer Lopez and B2K.[4]

Songwriting and vocal production[edit]

Riddick is perhaps best known for her work with multi-platinum selling pop artist Rihanna for whom she has vocally produced and collaborated on three albums with including A Girl like Me, Music of the Sun and Good Girl Gone Bad. She co-wrote and vocally produced the star's reggae influenced song "Rude Boy" from Rihanna's fourth studio album, Rated R. She also produced vocals for all the remaining tracks on the album, and co-wrote the intro track "Mad House".[2]

She has also collaborated with French DJ-come producer David Guetta, first the song "If We Ever" which is also her first solo writing credit and vocal performance, taken from Guetta's 2009 Grammy-nominated album One Love.[2] She is also working with Guetta to produce tracks for alternative-R&B singer Kelis's upcoming album Flesh Tone including the lead single and U.S. Dance Chart topper "Acapella". Riddick's other writing and production credits include Danity Kane's eponymous album; Beyoncé's U.S. radio hit "Get Me Bodied" from her second album B'Day; Braxton's 2005 album Libra and Jennifer Lopez's 2005 album Rebirth as well as platinum-selling work for Mariah Carey. She also worked in the studio with Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins on material for Diddy - Dirty Money's delayed album Last Train to Paris.

Additionally she has worked on records for the British girl group Sugababes on the song "About a Girl" taken from their seventh studio album Sweet 7. The collaboration reached top ten in the UK. In America Riddick was reunited with Toni Braxton when a record she wrote "Make My Heart" was released by Braxton as the second single from the star's upcoming album Pulse.[2]

Makeba produced Rihanna's vocals for Eminem's single "Love the Way You Lie".

Solo career[edit]

She is said to be releasing her own debut solo single titled "Change Up" which will be produced by Darkchild and will serve as the lead single from the producer's collaborative project, The Writersproject Volume 1.[2]

Production and writing credits[edit]

Date Artist Song Album Label
2002 Jennifer Lopez "All I Have" This Is Me... Then Epic Records
B2K "You Can Get It" Pandemonium!
2005 Mariah Carey "So Lonely (One & Only Part 2) The Emancipation of Mimi Island Records
Jennifer Lopez "Hold You Down" Rebirth Epic Records
Toni Braxton "Please" Libra Blackground Records
2006 Rihanna "We Ride" A Girl like Me Def Jam Records
"If It's Lovin' That You Want"
Danity Kane "Touching My Body" Danity Kane Bad Boy Records
"Stay with Me"
Jessica Simpson "I Don't Want to Care" A Public Affair Columbia Records
Fantasia "Surround You" Fantasia J Records
JoJo "Let It Rain" The High Road Universal Records
Taylor Hicks "Heaven Knows" Taylor Hicks J Records
Cassie "Can't Do It Without You" Cassie Bad Boy Records
Brooke Hogan "Next Time" Undiscovered SMC, SoBe Entertainment
2007 Beyoncé "Déjà Vu" B'Day Columbia Records
"Get Me Bodied"
"Suga Mama"
"Upgrade U"
Rihanna "Disturbia" Good Girl Gone Bad Def Jam Records
2007 The Cheetah Girls "Do No Wrong" TCG Interscope Records
2008 T.I. "Live Your Life" Paper Trail Grand Hustle Records
Michelle Williams "Stop This Car" Unexpected Columbia Records
2009 Rihanna "Mad House" Rated R Def Jam Records
"Rude Boy"
David Guetta "If We Ever" One Love Virgin Records
2010 Sugababes "About a Girl" Sweet 7 Island Records, Roc Nation
Kelis "Acapella" Flesh Tone will.i.am Music Group
Toni Braxton "Make My Heart" Pulse Atlantic Records
"Lookin' At Me"
"The Wave"
Eminem "Love the Way You Lie" Recovery Aftermath Entertainment, Shady Records
2011 Jennifer Lopez "Take Care" Love? Island Def Jam
2012 Rita Ora "Uneasy" Ora Roc Nation, Columbia
"Young, Single & Sexy"

2007 Katharine Mcphee's album Katharine Mcphee Do What You Do

2008 Girlicious's album Girlicious Baby Doll

2012 Rihanna's album Loud Cheers (Drink To That) & Skin

2013 Coco Jones"s EP Made Of Holla At The DJ & Made Of

2013 Tamar Braxton's Love and War Hot Sugar & Love and War

2013 Jessica Sanchez's Me, You & the Music No One Compares (Featuring Prince Royce)

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References[edit]

http://www.allmusic.com/artist/makeba-riddick-mn0001041321