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Zaytoven Speaks On Being Gucci Mane’s Groomsman, Linked With Lil’ Pump [Interview]

Zaytoven Speaks On Being Gucci Mane’s Groomsman, Linked With Lil’ Pump [Interview]

Zaytoven Speaks On Being Gucci Mane’s Groomsman, Linked With Lil’ Pump [Interview]
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Zaytoven Speaks On Being Gucci Mane’s Groomsman, Linked With Lil’ Pump [Interview]
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Z: It was no thing. That is the way of the world right now. Everything is being filmed, so that is second nature to us now. You don’t even look at the cameras no more.

OKP: Being the closest to Gucci Mane throughout all of these years — can you tell us about how your relationship has evolved?

Z: That’s my brother. We came in the game together and we’re still rocking with one another. It’s been like that from the beginning and it is just amazing to see that guy—that I thought was gonna be a superstar so long ago—prove it over and over and over again by doing things no one expects from him.

OKP: Gucci has infamously recorded a lot of material, specifically out of your mom’s house in the basement. What can you tell us about Gucci that most people wouldn’t know?

Z: I think by now everybody knows it, but he is a true workaholic. We were in the basement of my mom’s house just working out song after song after song. Day after day, y’know? So, now, it’s just a habit and we continue to work like that.

OKP: Congratulations on signing to Motown Records, Zay. How are you feeling about the big league move?

Z: Man, I feel good. I actually have to leave here to have a meeting over there [laughs]. I feel really good though. This is something brand new in my life and something to add on to what I’ve been doing all these years.

OKP: Much talk has been given to Lil Pump and his influence in the game. Can you talk about linking up with him and your thoughts on him professionally?

Z: I actually just talked with Pump. Guys like him, man, I enjoy working with Pump because they are the ones that keep me relevant to the new generation. I love to hear them, Lil Xan, Trippie Red and others. I love the new flavor that they bring to the game.

OKP: Do you think these artists have any staying power?

Z: It’s hard to say because music is moving so fast with so many new artists coming in every day. I’m curious though. I’m sitting back watching it all. I just want to do my part in helping these guys try to last as long as they can.

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OKP: What’s a normal day in the life and times of Zaytoven?

Z: I’m a family man, y’know? So, I get up in the morning, I take my kids to school. I might come back home, come up with some music, and then head back out for my kid’s basketball practice. My little daughter wants to get into cheerleading, so I spend a lot of time with my kids. I got to take my wife out on dates, so we do that a couple of times a week.

OKP: Who are the most played artists on your phone?

Z: [Laughs] It would have to be Gucci and Future. Those have been my guys from way back, and they’re still my favorites. I think I have worked with pretty much everybody, but my son has to tell me about the new acts. Even with Lil Pump, even when I worked with Lil Uzi — my son told me about them. He’s like, ‘Daddy, you heard of so-and-so?’ And after that I’m out to go work with them. I think because the younger guys grew up on my music, so as soon as I say let’s work, then they are ready and eager to do it.

Shirley Ju is a Los Angeles-based writer who grew up in the Bay Area. She lives, breathes, and sleeps hip-hop, and is on top of new music the moment it is released. If there’s a show in L.A., you can find her there. Follow the latest on her fomoblog.com and on Twitter @shirju.

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