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Zaytoven has been one of the South’s top g0-to Hip-Hop producers, working with the likes of Gucci, Future and Young Dro among several other buzzing acts. In a recent interview, the Atlanta musician shared details of a November 2016 studio session with Jay Z, reconnecting with Gucci, and his work alongside the Migos on their latest Culture album.

Zaytoven sat down with Billboard for an exclusive chat and broke down some of the high points of his career, including a mention of his production work on Migos’ breakout hit “Versace” and how it launched their careers.

The effect was dual as the pianist has risen to the top of the producer heap in a crowded marketplace like Atlanta full of talented beatsmiths. Other highlights of the chat include Zay discussing plans of a sequel to the Beast Mode collaboration with him and Future, and discovering producer Cassius Jay.

Zay explained in the interview was shocked that Hov even knew who he was, which speaks to how far reaching his sound has become. After a meeting in Los Angeles last November, the pair connected on a still-unheard collaboration.

From Billboard:

This is me having no idea that he even cared about my music. First thing [Jay Z] said [to Big Jon], ‘Tell him when he come over, make sure he bring them beats with them strings and pianos in it.’ So that means he’s paying attention to what I’m doing. I feel like I’ve been behind the scenes, making music all this time but I’ve been making it just to satisfy my demographic.

I didn’t know how far it was reaching. So when Jay Z invited me to his house and told me what type of beats he wanted, it opened my mind up to be like, ‘My music is reaching everybody and touching people in a certain way.’ There’s a distinct something when they hear my music. I feel like [the collaboration] is gonna be for both of [our projects]. I know it’s going to be a trophy for me.

Check out Billboard‘s full interview with Zaytoven by following this link.

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