Mashonda

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Mashonda
Birth name Mashonda Tifrere[1]
Born (1979-01-09) January 9, 1979 (age 36)
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Origin Harlem, New York City, New York, United States
Genres
Occupation(s)
Instruments
Years active 1998–present
Labels (former)
Associated acts Cassidy, DMX, Eve, Swizz Beatz
Website www.mashondaloyal.com

Mashonda Tifrere (born January 9, 1979), is an American R&B recording artist from Harlem, New York City, New York. Tifrere has appeared on several songs from hip hop artists in the early 2000s. In 2003, she married American record producer Swizz Beatz and was once signed to their label Full Surface, under the aegis of J Records. Tifrere released her debut studio album January Joy, in 2005. Tifrere was also apart of the VH1 reality show Love & Hip Hop, for one season.[2] She also is the author of "Pandora’s Box", a column on VIBE Vixen.[3] On February 14, 2012, Mashonda released her second mixtape Love, Mashonda.[4]

Early life[edit]

Tifrere was born in Boston, Massachusetts and raised in Harlem, New York.[5]

Musical career[edit]

In 1998, Tifrere signed a publishing deal with Warner Chapel Music.[6] Tifrere subsequently began penning and ghost wrote songs, for singers such as Monifah and Yvette Michelle, alongside pop group Full Force. Later in 1998, she signed a recording contract with Columbia Records.

In 1999, she collaborated with Brooklyn-bred rapper Jay-Z on "Girl's Best Friend", for the soundtrack to the film Blue Streak. The song was also featured as a bonus track on his fourth studio album Vol. 3... Life and Times of S. Carter. Tifrere's vocals also appeared on Ruff Ryders Entertainment artist Eve's debut studio album Let There Be Eve...Ruff Ryders' First Lady. She also was also featured on the tracks "Gotta Man" and "Love Is Blind", by Eve.

In 2004, Tifrere started work on her debut album January Joy.[7] While at work on her album she made guest appearances on Cassidy's "Get No Better"[8] as well Fat Joe's song "Listen Baby", from his 2005 album All or Nothing. In November 2005, the album was released in Japan. The album was supported by two singles, "Blackout" featuring Snoop Dogg and "Back of da Club".

In March 2009, Mashonda released a mixtape titled The Renovation Series.[9] On February 14, 2011, Tifrere launched her own website MashondaLoyal.com[10] and released a new song titled "Intrigued".[11] The next day she released another new song titled "Catastrophe".[12]

Personal life[edit]

Mashonda Tifrere began dating music producer Kasseem Dean, known as Swizz Beatz, in 1998. In 2004, the pair married. In December 2006 their son, Kaseem David Dean, Jr. was born. Their first child had died as a result of a miscarriage.[13][14][15][16][17][18][19][20][21][22][23] In April 2008, after four years of marriage, they announced their separation. Their divorce was finalized on May 7, 2010.[24]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Mixtapes[edit]

  • The Renovation Series (2009)
  • Love, Mashonda (2012)

EPs[edit]

  • Mashonda Loyal (2012)

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

List of singles by title, year, peak chart positions, and album
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US US
R&B

[25]
"Back of da Club" 2005 86 January Joy
"Blackout"
(featuring Snoop Dogg or Nas)
96
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or receive certification.

As featured artist[edit]

List of singles by title, year and peak chart positions, and album
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
U.S. U.S. R&B
"Girl's Best Friend"
(Jay-Z featuring Mashonda)
1999 52 19 Blue Streak: The Album and Vol. 3... Life and Times of S. Carter
"Get No Better"
(Cassidy featuring Mashonda)
2003 79 51 Split Personality
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or receive certification.

Guest appearances[edit]

List of non-single songs with guest appearances by Mashonda
Title Year Album Other artist(s)
"Crazy Girl" 2001 Rush Hour 2 (soundtrack) LL Cool J
"Kiss Is Spittin'" Kiss tha Game Goodbye Jadakiss, Nate Dogg
"You Could Be Blind" The Great Depression DMX
"Be Me" Scorpion Eve
"S.H.Y.N.E." 2002 Swizz Beatz Presents G.H.E.T.T.O. Stories Shyne
"Ghetto Love" LL Cool J
"Wanna Be Like Him" God's Favorite N.O.R.E.
"Party in the Rain" Eve-Olution Eve
"This Is Who I Am" 2003 La Bella Mafia Lil' Kim, Swizz Beatz
"S.H.Y.N.E." 2004 Godfather Buried Alive Shyne
"So Long" 2005 I'm a Hustla Cassidy, Raekwon
"Listen Baby" All or Nothing Fat Joe
"Take a Trip" 2007 B.A.R.S. The Barry Adrian Reese Story Cassidy
"Luv Me Tomorrow" 2012 Black Hero Theme Musik Omen, Karina Pasian, Amanda Seales, The Force

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mashonda » Biography, Pictures, Forum, Videos, News, Photos". Perfectpeople.net. Retrieved 2011-05-07. 
  2. ^ http://hiphop-n-more.com/2011/02/vh1-love-hip-hop-trailer/
  3. ^ http://www.vibevixen.com/author/mashonda/
  4. ^ http://www.datpiff.com/MASHONDA-Love-Mashonda-mixtape.315263.html
  5. ^ "Mashonda Tifrere-Dean (Tifrere)". Classmates.com. 2006-02-. Retrieved 2011-10-12.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  6. ^ "''Didnt Cha Know 5 Hit Records Mashonda Wrote''". Vibe.com. Retrieved 2011-05-07. 
  7. ^ ThaKorporateKannibal (2010-11-09). "Mashonda on The Scene | Interviewed About Her debut album & her marriage". YouTube. Retrieved 2011-05-07. 
  8. ^ "Cassidy's "Get No Better"". VIBE. 2010-07-13. Retrieved 2011-05-07. 
  9. ^ http://www.datpiff.com/Mashonda-The-Renovation-Series-Ep-the-Mixtape.38724.html
  10. ^ http://www.mashondaloyal.com
  11. ^ http://www.muziboo.com/MashondaLoyal/music/intrigued-by-mashonda/
  12. ^ http://www.muziboo.com/MashondaLoyal/music/catastrophe-by-mashonda/
  13. ^ "''Vibe Magazine'' Part 1 Mashonda Cover Story Interview". Vibe.com. Retrieved October 18, 2011. 
  14. ^ "''Vibe Magazine'' Part 2 Mashonda Cover Story Interview". Vibe.com. Retrieved October 18, 2011. 
  15. ^ "''Vibe Magazine'' Part 3 Mashonda Cover Story Interview". Vibe.com. Retrieved October 18, 2011. 
  16. ^ "''Vibe Magazine'' Part 4 Mashonda Cover Story Interview". Vibe.com. Retrieved October 18, 2011. 
  17. ^ "''Vibe Magazine'' Part 5 Mashonda Cover Story Interview". Vibe.com. Retrieved October 18, 2011. 
  18. ^ "''Vibe Magazine'' Part 6 Mashonda Cover Story Interview". Vibe.com. Retrieved October 18, 2011. 
  19. ^ "''Vibe Magazine'' Part 7 Mashonda Cover Story Interview". Vibe.com. Retrieved October 18, 2011. 
  20. ^ "''Vibe Magazine'' Part 8 Mashonda Cover Story Interview". Vibe.com. Retrieved October 18, 2011. 
  21. ^ "''Vibe Magazine'' Part 9 Mashonda Cover Story Interview". Vibe.com. Retrieved October 18, 2011. 
  22. ^ "Mashonda Still Crying A River Over Swizz & Alicia Keys + Interview". Chicagofabulousblog.com. Retrieved October 18, 2011. 
  23. ^ Mike Winslow (July 15, 2010). "Swizz Beatz Affair With Alicia Keys Drove Mashonda To Pills; Sleepless Nights". Allhiphop.com. Retrieved October 18, 2011. 
  24. ^ "Mashonda Dean, whose divorce from the hip-hop star was finalized two weeks ago, is reportedly targeting Swizz Beatz in Manhattan Supreme Court for missing $334,000 in alimony and child-support payments". Daily News. New York. May 18, 2010. Retrieved October 18, 2011. 
  25. ^ Mashonda Album & Song Chart History. Billboard.com. Retrieved October 12, 2011.