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American musician
The basics
Occupations Singer-songwriter Composer Singer
Countries United States of America
Gender female
Birth January 9, 1978 (Boston)
Spouse: Swizz Beatz
Authority Discogs id Library of congress id Musicbrainz id VIAF id
The details

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 a part of the VH1 reality show Love & Hip Hop: New York, for the first season. She also is the author of "Pandora’s Box", a column on VIBE Vixen.
On February 14, 2012, Mashonda released her second mixtape Love, Mashonda.

Early life

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

Musical career

In 1998, Tifrere signed a publishing deal with Warner Chapel Music. 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 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. While at work on her album she made guest appearances on Cassidy's "Get No Better" 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. On February 14, 2011, Tifrere launched her own website MashondaLoyal.com and released a new song titled "Intrigued". The next day she released another new song titled "Catastrophe".

Personal life

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 died as a result of a miscarriage. In April 2008, after four years of marriage, they announced their separation. Their divorce was finalized on May 7, 2010.


Studio albums

  • January Joy (2005)


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


  • Mashonda Loyal (2012)


As lead artist

List of singles by title, year, peak chart positions, and album
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
"Back of da Club" 2005 86 January Joy
(featuring Snoop Dogg or Nas)
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or receive certification.

As featured artist

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

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



Year Title Role Notes
2011 Love & Hip Hop: New York Herself Supporting Role (Season 1)

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