Xavier Lamar Dotson, professionally known as Zaytoven, is an American record producer, DJ, and pianist from Atlanta, Georgia. He is known for his work with Southern rap artists Gucci Mane, Migos, and Future, and has also collaborated with artists such as Waka Flocka Flame, Young Scooter, Bankroll Fresh, and Lil Uzi Vert.
Dotson won a Grammy Award in 2011 for his contribution to Usher's Raymond v. Raymond album, as a co-producer and writer for the single "Papers" along with Sean Garrett.
After meeting JT the Bigga Figga, Zaytoven started going over to his studio everyday to make beats and learn how to use all the equipment in the studio effectively. Zaytoven then began to sell beats to JT and went on to collaborate with bay area artists such as Messy Marv and E-40 while still in high school. During his senior year in high school, Zaytovens family moved to Atlanta, Georgia due to his fathers retirement but Zaytoven decided to stay in San Francisco and finish out his senior year and continue his producing for local rappers. During this time, Zaytoven realized that he needed a studio of his own where he could produce with his own equipment and be able to work at any time of the day. Saving up money from his day job as a barber, Zaytoven began to buy equipment for producing and would ship to his parents house in Atlanta where he eventually moved to and set up his own studio. Zaytoven enrolled in a local barber college once in Atlanta and got a job as a barber to help finance the rest of his studio. While attending barber school, a classmate of Zaytovens introduced him to Gucci Mane, who would become Zaytovens right hand man in his career as a producer. Zaytoven and Gucci Mane began to work together everyday after meeting each other and Zaytoven said in an interview with Fader that Gucci Mane would call him at 7 in the morning asking Zaytoven if he was ready to start making music for that day. Zaytoven and Gucci Mane spent the majority of the early 2000s making music together and selling mixtapes out of the trunks of their cars in Atlanta. It wasnt until 2005 that Gucci Mane and Zaytoven gained mainstream recognition from their hit song Icy, with features from Young Jeezy and Boo. This recognition from the mainstream audience gave Zaytovens career the boost it needed to take off, landing the hit song Papers with Usher in 2010 on Usher's certified platinum album Raymond v. Raymond.
Zaytovens work on Ushers album Raymond v. Raymond earned him a grammy award in 2011 and a serious reputation in the hip-hop world. Zaytoven started to work with more and more artists as his popularity grew in the Atlanta rap scene and helped shaped the careers of artists such as OJ Da Juiceman, Yung LA, Yung Ralph, The Shop Boyz, Lil Scrappy, Jagged Edge, and Gorilla Zoe.
Zaytovens keen eye for talent led him to collaborate with a young group by the name of Migos. Zaytoven went on to produce several tracks on the Migos 2013 mixtape, Y.R.N., including the hit track Versace which topped at 53 on the top Billboard chart. Zaytovens collaboration continued with Migos as he helped produce their follow up mixtape No Label II which was released on June 3 of 2014.
In 2015, Zaytoven provided exclusive production for an extraordinary ten mixtapes including Futures hit mixtape Beast Mode released on January 15 as well as working on Futures album DS2 which debuted on July 17.
In July of 2016, Zaytoven produced several songs on Gucci Manes album Everybody Looking, which was the first album Gucci had released since being released from prison. Zaytoven helped produce or co-produce seven of the fourteen songs that were included in the album.In the same month, Lil Uzi Verts The Perfect Luv Tape was released containing the Zaytoven produced songs Money Mitch and Sideline Watching(Hold Up).
Zaytoven had a busy year in 2017 as he contributed to projects such as Gucci Manes Mr. Davis, 21 Savages Issa Album, Migos Culture, Moneybagg Yos Heartless, and Yo Gottis I Still Am. Zaytoven also released two independent projects named Wake Up & Cook Up and Where Would The Game Be Without Me.