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. 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.
Tifrere was born in Boston, Massachusetts and raised in Harlem, New York.
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 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. 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".
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. In April 2008, after four years of marriage, they announced their separation. Their divorce was finalized on May 7, 2010.
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