In November, frequent Future and Gucci Mane collaborator Zaytoven posted a photo of himself and Jay Z in the studio. Several months later, details have finally emerged about the backstory behind their work together and what fans can expect from the pairing.
In a newly-published interview with Billboard on Tuesday (January 31), Zaytoven explained that, while he was in a meeting with veteran publishing executive Big Jon in Los Angeles, Jay Z's admiration for his work came up in conversation.
"He was like, 'Me and Jay was just talking about you.' So he text him and [Jay Z] said, 'You have Zaytoven over there? Can he come to the house?' And I’m like, What? For real?"
Shortly after their meeting, Jay Z invited Zaytoven to his home, specifying that he bring, "them beats with them strings and pianos in it."
According to Zay, the 'Jaytoven' collabo, as Zaytoven dubbed the pairing on his Instagram post, will—most likely—appear on both Zaytoven and Jay Z's forthcoming albums.
While rumors of a new Jay Z album have been floating around for the past eight months—including a joint project with Beyoncé that would serve as a response to her GRAMMY-nominated Lemonade—so far we've only been treated to a handful of guest feature appearances and the politically-charged loosie "Spiritual."
Four months ago, Zaytoven admitted in an interview that artists aren't "trying to create timeless songs" these days because fans demand a constant stream of new releases, but working with Future or Gucci Mane, who release several new projects every year, isn't like working with Jay Z, who hasn't released a new album since 2013's Magna Carta Holy Grail.
"I know it's going to be a trophy for me," said Zaytoven.
We certainly hope so.
By Z, who loves to argue with you on Twitter.
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