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Makeba Riddick
BornWest Baltimore, U.S.
Years active2002 – present

Makeba Riddick-Woods (also known as "Girl Wonder") is an American Grammy-winning 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]


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][5]

Songwriting and vocal production

Riddick is 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]

Riddick has also collaborated with French DJ-come producer David Guetta, first the song "If We Ever" which is also her first solo credited vocal performance, taken from Guetta's 2009 Grammy-nominated album One Love.[2] She also worked with Guetta to produce tracks for R&B singer Kelis's 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

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

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
Teairra Mari "M.V.P." Roc-A-Fella Records Presents Teairra Marí Roc-A-Fella
Rihanna "If It's Lovin' That You Want" Music of the Sun Def Jam Records
"Let Me"
2006 Rihanna "We Ride" A Girl like Me Def Jam Records
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
Letoya Luckett "I'm Good" LeToya Capitol 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
"Sell Me Candy"
"Say It"
"Push Up On Me"
"Question Existing"
The Cheetah Girls "Do No Wrong" TCG Interscope Records
Katharine McPhee "Do What You Do" Katharine McPhee RCA
2008 T.I. "Live Your Life" Paper Trail Grand Hustle Records
Michelle Williams "Stop This Car" Unexpected Columbia Records
Girlicious "Baby Doll" Girlicious Geffen Records
Beyoncé "Ave Maria" I Am...Sasha Fierce Columbia Records
Solange Knowles "Would've Been The One" Sol-Angel and the Hadley St. Dreams Geffen Records/Music World Entertainment
"Ode To Marvin"
2009 Rihanna "Mad House" Rated R Def Jam Records
"Rude Boy"
David Guetta "If We Ever" One Love Virgin Records
Jadakiss "Hustle Hard" The Last Kiss Def Jam Records/Roc-A-Fella
Wale "Chillin'" Attention Deficit Interscope Records
Tynisha Keli "RockStar" The Chronicles of TK Warner Bros. Records
2010 Sugababes "About a Girl" Sweet 7 Island Records, Roc Nation
Kelis "Acapella" Flesh Tone 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
Rihanna "Cheers (Drink To That)" Loud Def Jam
2011 Jennifer Lopez "Take Care" Love? Island Def Jam
Common "Blue Sky" The Dreamer/The Believer Def Jam, Warner Bros.
"Raw (How You Like It)"
2012 Rita Ora "Uneasy" Ora Roc Nation, Columbia
"Young, Single & Sexy"
2013 Coco Jones "Holla At The DJ" Made Of EP Hollywood Records
"Made Of"
Tamar Braxton "Hot Sugar" Love and War Streamline Records/Interscope
"Love and War"
Jessica Sanchez "No One Compares (Featuring Prince Royce)" Me, You & the Music Interscope
2015 Tamar Braxton "If I Don't Have You" Calling All Lovers Streamline Records/Epic Records
"Must Be Good To You"
2016 Lion Babe "Jump Hi" Begin Interscope Records/Polydor

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  2. ^ a b c d e "Makeba Riddick release Change Up album". MusicRemedy/. Archived from the original on February 14, 2015. Retrieved December 12, 2016.((cite web)): CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  3. ^ "The Official Website of Roc Nation – Makeba Riddick". May 2, 2012. Archived from the original on May 23, 2012. Retrieved December 12, 2016.((cite web)): CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  4. ^ Felicia J. Barclay. "Makeba Riddick". Retrieved March 9, 2015.
  5. ^ "Makeba Riddick: Beyonce and Rihanna's 'golden girl'". LA Times Blogs – Pop & Hiss. July 8, 2010. Retrieved February 10, 2017.
  6. ^ "Makeba Riddick – Credits – AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved March 9, 2015.