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Mashonda Tifrere from "Love & Hip Hop" stars in the VH1 reality docu-soap series. Mashonda ("Love and Hip Hop") is the ex-wife of music producer Swizz Beatz.

Singing in talent shows, church, and at many a different open mics, Mashonda Tifrere now realizes that it was all worth it. This is the road she had to take before she found her way to the real world of music.

Mashonda is the name behind some of hip-hop's most memorable hits. With a discography that could make any R&B debutante blush, Mashonda has remained mostly a behind-the-scenes force. The Boston born, Harlem raised singer/lyricist signed her first publishing deal with Warner Chapell music in 1998. She then signed her first recording deal with Columbia Records. Mashonda was originally heard on albums like Eve's "Let There Be Eve" in 1999. Since then, she's appeared on and written lyrics for Jay-Z, Cassidy, Mya, Lil Kim, LL Cool J and DMX. "January Joy," Mashonda's debut album, was released internationally in November 2005 under the Clive Davis label J Records. It featured tracks produced by Swizz Beatz, Raphael Saadiq and Kanye West, including two singles: "Blackout" featuring Snoop Dog and "Back of Da Club."

Mashonda is now focusing on writing and producing film. She still follows her passion for music as she writes songs for many different recording artists. Mentoring has become a love of hers as she speaks openly to women all over the nation about self empowerment and positivity. Mashonda admits that her number one priority is her 3-year-old son Kasseem Jr.

Mashonda Tifrere's story is a classic. A young girl growing up in the urban city of New York, chasing her dreams and her love and ultimately finding her reality. The pain that came from her very public divorce from her super producer, ex-husband Swizz Beatz, has given Mashonda the wisdom and strength to school each of us a little bit on life. Moving forward she believes that her life has just begun.

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Who is Mashonda Tifrere dating? Find out here.

Birthplace: Boston, MA
Hometown: Harlem, NY

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