Zaytoven Talks New Movie ‘Birds Of A Feather,’ Meeting Migos And Working With Drake, Gucci Mane And Chief Keef

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Zaytoven’s star has been on the rise for almost a decade, ever since the 2005 song “Icy” catapulted an ascendant Gucci Mane and Young Jeezy onto the national stage. Since then, Zay has been one of Gucci’s closest collaborators, contributing production to just about every one of his releases while becoming a staple of the Atlanta trap music scene and working with artists such as Soulja Boy, OJ Da Juiceman, Plies, Nicki Minaj, Rocko, Future, and plenty more. This past June, Zay made his motion picture debut—his first acting gigs since a stint as an extra on Boy Meets World and an appearance in a Michael Jordan commercial when he was a kid—starring in Birds of a Feather, a movie loosely based on the producer’s life and career in the music industry. But that’s not all—Zay’s leap into the mainstream consciousness has resulted in invitations to help produce projects with Drake, E-40 and Chief Keef, in addition to working on up to 60 percent of Gucci’s next album, which is also in the works. And “Versace,” his smash hit with up-and-coming Atlanta trio Migos, got the Drake remix treatment, which sent the song into the stratosphere and had hip-hop heads yelling the designer brand name all across the streets of Atlanta, New York, and L.A. since it hit the Internet. Zaytoven hopped on the phone with XXL last week to discuss his new movie, how he got together with Migos, and his work with Chief Keef, Drake, Gucci and a whole bunch more.—Dan Rys (@danrys)