Zaytoven [@zaytovenbeatz] Uses the New MPC Live on Akai’s “Standalone Challenge”

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In this episode of the Standalone Challenge, Akai links with Grammy-award winning producer Zaytoven (Gucci Mane, Migos, Drake, Future). Watch as one of the main architects of the Trap sound, creates a track from scratch using only the MPC Live and an MPK249 plugged directly into the Live. No computers were used in the making of this beat.

We not only see how intuitive the music making process is on the MPC Live but also get a glimpse into the workflow of one of ATL’s finest.

Mike WiLL Made-It – Instrumental Tuesdays 2016 (Mixtape)

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Last year, Mike WiLL Made It introduced us to a new weekly series he dubbed, Instrumental Tuesdays showcasing beats he produced throughout 2015. This time, instead of dropping 3 new instrumentals a week, the producer took his time and held off to compile all his 2016 beats into one project called Instrumental Tuesdays 2016.

The 40-piece mixtape comes packed full of instrumentals used by the likes of Gucci Mane, Rae Sremmurd, Young Thug, Rihanna, Tinashe, Future, Beyonce, Juicy J and many more.

Source: Hip Hop Since 1987

Zaytoven and Mike Will Made-It Are Producing Bulk of Gucci Mane’s New Album

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Gucci Mane, Zaytoven and Mike Will Made-It have something in the works. Zaytoven says in a new interview that Gucci has recorded a “whole album and then some” since his release from prison in May. Production has been handled almost exclusively by Zaytoven and Mike Will Made-It.

“On his new album, me and Mike WiLL did a lot of production together,”says Zaytiggy. “We did a lot of the songs together. That’s something that’s not really been heard before.”

Zay explains that Gucci wrote the majority of the songs while he was still incarcerated. The 36-year-old beatmaker went on to describe the moment he was reunited with his friend and collaborator.

“I seen him and he looked totally different. We hugged, we talked for maybe 10 minutes, and after that it was back to work,” says Zay. “Just like old times: I’m making the beat and he’s recording real fast. And we’re sitting back listening to it, laughing.”
Fans should be happy to hear that the sound Guwop and Zay are cooking up is a good mix of old and new. Zaytoven says, “I know I made two or three that are like, vintage Zaytoven and Gucci. And we hit you with the new stuff that you ain’t ever heard before. There was a void in trap music for a long time and Gucci is coming back to fill the void. I think this is his biggest stage yet. I think he’s going to rise to the occasion, with the music that everybody has been missing all this time.”
Keep it locked to XXL as more information about Gucci’s impending album emerges. The other day, it was revealed that Gucci and Zay have over 100 unreleased songs in the vault.

Source: XXL