Gwen Bunn, 24, was a relatively unknown producer when rapper SchoolBoy Q picked a beat she co-produced to use for the track “Collard Greens.” The song, which features Kendrick Lamar, became one of the lead singles on Q’s debut album Oxymoron, which ended up with a Grammy nomination.
Bunn’s work on the song led to an offer for a record deal with label BMG. But she chose to sign as a producer and songwriter, instead of an artist. Now, she’s getting paid to write and produce for big names like Childish Gambino, Ty Dolla Sign, and Sean Paul but retains complete creative control over her own music — and has to pay for her own production.
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