GA’s Most Wanted – Rd. 2, Producers Bring the Noise
It isn’t just the rappers that make Georgia hot. Much of the state’s musical dominance is due to the producers who craft the sound. Thick syrupy bass lines, 808 drum knocks and deep, southern soul samples are what keeps GA artists at the top of the charts and hot in the streets. In day two of XXL’s weeklong GA’s Most Wanted series, we breakdown some of the Peach State’s most sought after hit-makers. —Rob Markman
The production trio consisting of Rico Wade, Ray Murray and Sleepy Brown made a name for themselves as the chief orchestrators behind the Atlanta’s Dungeon Family (OutKast, Goodie Mob, Cool Breeze, etc.). Outside of that, they’ve made hits for Bubba Sparxxx, Lil Jon and Ludacris. Now their credits on Big Boi’s funky solo debut Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty prove that even after 16 years in the game, Organized still have the magic touch in and around the studio.
Xavier “Zaytoven” Dotson may hail from the Bay Area, but he has helped craft Atlanta’s distinct sound in recent years. After relocating to the A, Zay made a name for himself producing Gucci Mane and Young Jeezy’s 2005 hit “Icy.” In 2009, he had a breakout year, crafting singles for Gorilla Zoe (“What It Is” feat. Rick Ross), OJ Da Juiceman (“Make Tha Trap Say Aye”) and Usher (“Papers). Since then Zaytoven’s gotten in the lab with Plies, Young Jeezy and is said to be getting back in with Gucci for his upcoming album, The Appeal: Georgia’s Most Wanted.