From LL Cool J and Jay-Z to Eve and Lil' Kim, Mashonda's voice has been heard on some of the hottest songs from hip hop's biggest artists. Her pen skills and singing talent led to a few deals and numerous collaborations with mega-producer Swizz Beatz, whom she married in 2004. Shortly after, the Harlem native debuted her first album, January Joy
, which was released in Japan. After splitting from Swizz and enduring the drama surrounding his involvement with R&B singer Alicia Keys, Mashonda opened up about her relationship and divorce on season one of VH1's Love and Hip-Hop
. As of late, the singer/songwriter is working on her second studio album and prepping for the release of her first novel, a memoir entitled Death of a Mermaid.