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Birth name Mashonda Tifrere[1]
Born (1979-01-09) January 9, 1979
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Origin Harlem, New York City, New York, United States
Years active 1998–present
Labels (former)
Associated acts Cassidy, DMX, Eve, Swizz Beatz
Website .com.mashondaloyalwww

Mashonda Tifrere (born January 9, 1978), 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, in collaboration with J Records. Tifrere released her debut studio album January Joy, in 2005.


  • Early life 1
  • Career 2
  • Personal life 3
  • Discography 4
    • Studio albums 4.1
    • Mixtapes 4.2
    • EPs 4.3
    • Singles 4.4
      • As lead artist 4.4.1
      • As featured artist 4.4.2
    • Guest appearances 4.5
  • References 5

Early life

Tifrere was born in Boston, Massachusetts and raised in Harlem, New York.[2]


In 1998 Tifrere signed a publishing deal with Warner Chapel Music.[3] She wrote for singer Monifah and Yvette Michelle alongside pop group Full Force. Later in 1998 she was signed to Columbia Records. Early in her career Tifrere penned and ghost wrote songs.

In 1999 she collaborated with Jay-Z on "Girl's Best Friend" for the movie 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 vocals also appeared on Eve's debut studio album Let There Be Eve...Ruff Ryders' First Lady. She also featured on the tracks "Gotta Man" and "Love Is Blind" for Eve.

In 2004, Tifrere started work on her debut album January Joy.[4] While at work on her album she made appearances on Cassidy's "Get No Better"[5] as well Fat Joe's song "Listen Baby" from his 2005 album All or Nothing. In November 2005, the album was released in Japan. "Blackout" featured Snoop Dogg and "Back of da Club" was also released.

In December 2006 Tifrere and her husband gave birth to their son Kasseem Jr. In April 2008 Swizz Beatz announced their separation after four years of marriage.

In March 2009 Mashonda released a mixtape titled "The Renovation Series".[6] On February 14, 2011, Tifrere launched her own website [7] and released a new song titled "Intrigued".[8] The next day she released another new song titled "Catastrophe".[9] Tifrere was also apart of the VH1 reality show Love & Hip-Hop for one season.[10]

She also is the author of Pandora’s Box a column on VIBE Vixen.[11] On February 14, 2012, Mashonda released her second mixtape "Love, Mashonda" [12]

Personal life

Tifrere had dated music producer Kasseem David Dean, known as Swizz Beatz, since 1998. In 2004, they married. In December 2006 their son Kaseem David Dean, Jr. was born. Their first child died as a result of a miscarriage.[13][14][15][16][17][18][19][20][21][22][23] After discovering that Beatz was having an affair with Alicia Keys, the pair separated. Their separation became public fodder as Dean had a mistress in Russia—Jahna Sebastian—with whom he fathered daughter Nicole; as well as impregnating R&B singer Alicia Keys, all while still married. Their divorce was finalized on May 7, 2010.[24]


Studio albums


  • 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


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  2. ^ "Mashonda Tifrere-Dean (Tifrere)". 2006-02-. Retrieved 2011-10-12. 
  3. ^ 'Didnt Cha Know 5 Hit Records Mashonda Wrote''"'". Retrieved 2011-05-07. 
  4. ^ ThaKorporateKannibal (2010-11-09). "Mashonda on The Scene | Interviewed About Her debut album & her marriage". YouTube. Retrieved 2011-05-07. 
  5. ^ """Cassidy's "Get No Better. VIBE. 2010-07-13. Retrieved 2011-05-07. 
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  13. ^ 'Vibe Magazine'' Part 1 Mashonda Cover Story Interview"'". Retrieved October 18, 2011. 
  14. ^ 'Vibe Magazine'' Part 2 Mashonda Cover Story Interview"'". Retrieved October 18, 2011. 
  15. ^ 'Vibe Magazine'' Part 3 Mashonda Cover Story Interview"'". Retrieved October 18, 2011. 
  16. ^ 'Vibe Magazine'' Part 4 Mashonda Cover Story Interview"'". Retrieved October 18, 2011. 
  17. ^ 'Vibe Magazine'' Part 5 Mashonda Cover Story Interview"'". Retrieved October 18, 2011. 
  18. ^ 'Vibe Magazine'' Part 6 Mashonda Cover Story Interview"'". Retrieved October 18, 2011. 
  19. ^ 'Vibe Magazine'' Part 7 Mashonda Cover Story Interview"'". Retrieved October 18, 2011. 
  20. ^ 'Vibe Magazine'' Part 8 Mashonda Cover Story Interview"'". Retrieved October 18, 2011. 
  21. ^ 'Vibe Magazine'' Part 9 Mashonda Cover Story Interview"'". Retrieved October 18, 2011. 
  22. ^ "Mashonda Still Crying A River Over Swizz & Alicia Keys + Interview". Retrieved October 18, 2011. 
  23. ^ Mike Winslow (July 15, 2010). "Swizz Beatz Affair With Alicia Keys Drove Mashonda To Pills; Sleepless Nights". Retrieved October 18, 2011. 
  24. ^ "Mashonda Dean, whose divorce from the hip-hop star was finalized two weeks ago, is reportedly targeting Swizz Beatz in Manhattan Supreme Court for missing $334,000 in alimony and child-support payments". Daily News. New York. May 18, 2010. Retrieved October 18, 2011. 
  25. ^ Mashonda Album & Song Chart History. Retrieved October 12, 2011.
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