The popular Atlanta producer, Zaytoven, carves out some time from his busy schedule to help us relive one of Gucci Mane’s most memorable moments.
In a world where producers and songwriters have yet to receive the full credit they deserve, there still remain a few big names circulating at the top of everyone’s radar. Zaytoven is one of them. And for good reason. It’s no secret that everybody calls him the “godfather of trap music.” If we’re going by the books, Zay is one of the most heralded producers from Atlanta, Georgia.
With a heavy roster of hits crafted for Gucci Mane, Migos, Future, Soulja Boy, and many more — Zaytoven has proven himself as one of the South’s most prolific producers. While Gucci Mane seems to be having the best year of his 37-year lifespan, Zay seems to be the one who’s been with Guwop through thick and thin. As fans waited patiently for Gucci and Keyshia’s wedding photos to hit the web, we sat down with Zaytoven during a visit to Los Angeles, CA to discuss what it was really like being a groomsman at the $2 million dollar wedding.Okayplayer: Where do you see yourself in the pool of producers that are in everybody’s earbuds nowadays?
Zaytoven: Everybody calls me the “Godfather of Trap Music,” and I am an ATL producer, so I see myself as an O.G. to the guys that has it going on. I’m still a relevant O.G. in the music game because I am competitive and still up to par with whatever new producers that are out.
OKP: While we have you in town may you talk about your upcoming “all girls” mixtape?
Z: Yes, yes, sure… The “all girls” mixtape is called Zaytown Sorority and it is my second project. I got all of the girls, a lot of the reality stars, too, doing something on this tape. Joseline [Hernandez], Jessica Dime, Trina, Kash Doll, Dej Loaf — nothing but fire from these women on there.
OKP: What was your intention with this Zaytown Sorority project?
Z: It is really to just bring attention to the girls who are in the mix right now. Since Cardi B is doing so good, and she was a reality TV show star, I’m trying to do the same and ring attention to the women who are doing their thing.
OKP: You have the highly anticipated Birds of a Feather 2 coming soon. Can you talk about how you feel your acting has grown?
Z: [Laughs] Birds of a Feather 2 is definitely on its way. I am thinking that it’ll drop at the top of the new year. If you haven’t seen the first one, I suggest you go check it out. It is just a movie loosely based on my story of making it as a producer. We added a lot more drama to the sequel because people want to see me go through something, too. It’s filled with real-life situations, and you don’t have to be a producer to be involved. You can be an artist, a DJ, or anybody that is trying to make it in the music industry. The obstacles that we all go through, the different things that we all have to deal with when trying to make it and staying relevant in the game are important to share with others.
OKP: Is being an actor or acting something that you’d want to focus more on in your career?
Z: I enjoy doing it. It is fun for me to do it. I think the reason why I am doing this is because it is another outlet for me to enjoy myself in entertainment. If it works out for me to be an actor, cool, and if not then I am still having fun doing it.
OKP: A lot of people knew about Gucci Mane’s wedding, but didn’t know you were actually a groomsman at the $2 million event. Can you share with us your thoughts about the experience?
Z: Man, man, that was just so dope to see my boy get married. To definitely be a part of it was a moment. I remember we were in the room and they were asking us who had known Gucci the longest. Everybody pointed at me like, ‘Zay been knowing Gucci the longest,’ which was definitely big for myself and GuWop to be a part of another life-changing moment.
OKP: Were you able to give a nice little speech to the newlyweds? If not, what was your favorite part of the wedding?
Z: Nah, the way they had it set up, the night wasn’t to be made for speeches or none of that. My favorite part was the reception because we had a lot of fun that night.
OKP: How did everyone feel being filmed by BET?