Zaytoven – Heavy in Rotation

Diwang Valdez

It’s an awesome thing when a producer can put their stamp on a song or project leaving everybody knowing it’s their piece of work. Super Producer Xavier “Zaytoven” Dotson has mastered this effect and is becoming infamous for his talent.

Zaytoven’s most notable work has been through his frequent collaborator and musical muse Gucci Mane, to whom Zay credits with being the “hardest working man in the business.” Zay has laid down the track work for some of Gucci’s most popular joints like “[So] Icy,” “Pillz,” “Ridiculous,” “Bricks,” and “Stoopid.” The list goes on and on, and that’s not counting the tracks he’s laid for other BE Magazine featured artists such as Young Ralph, OJ da Juiceman, Gorilla Zoe, Young Jeezy, J.Futuristic (formerly J.Money), Yung L.A., Jay & Dre City and many more.

To say the least, Zaytoven is OFFICIAL! His laundry list of hits parallels the number of artists knocking at his studio door to get a Zay beat, or haircut depending on the occasion.  Zay recently got the crossover love that any super producer longs for with claiming credit for R&B superstar, Usher’s “Paper’s” which was penned by Sean Garrett.

So who exactly is Zaytoven?

Lots of folk don’t know that Zaytoven is an ATLien by way of Germany. He’s always had a musical ear which later led him to venture and explore a wide array of instruments – especially piano. This is what actually led to Zay’s pseudonym; he was named after one of music’s great prodigies Beethoven.

BE Magazine recently got an EXCLUSIVE look at Zaytoven’s studio where the magic goes down, and he gave us the 1st hand scoop on working with Gucci Mane, BEing HOT & HEAVY in the streets, and also getting that call from Sean Garrett about Ushers’ “Papers”; we also got him to preview a few of his BEst BEats, soyou don’t want to miss this one. Check out the video BElow & make sure you keep you ears open to the next levels Zaytonven takes his sound. 


Usher – “Papers” produced by Zaytoven

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