Atlanta producer Zaytoven is stirring up speculation after posting a picture of himself with Jay Z to his Instagram account. Rumors about an upcoming Jay Z album originally surfaced in July when DJ Khaled revealed he bought a condo in New York and waited for over a year to get a pair of sixteens from Jay Z for “I Got The Keys” while Hov was allegedly recording an upcoming solo album.
“I went to the studio everyday, and he was recording his album,” Khaled told Music Choice in a July interview. “And I appreciate him letting me capture that greatness at the same time I was hustling too.”
If Jay is indeed laying down his thirteenth solo studio album, it’s unclear exactly how Zaytoven factors in.
“How big is dat!!! Zaytoven vs JAY Z. #UsedToThis #thekings,” Zaytoven tweeted in regards to the picture with Jay. His previous producer credits include work with Usher, Future, Gucci Mane and 2 Chainz.
While the typical Jay Z album is peppered with names of A-list producers such as Kanye West, Timbaland, Swizz Beatz, and Pharrell Williams, it’s common to also see the likes of 9th Wonder, Bink!, B-High and Wondagurl in the album liner notes as well. Jay Z hasn’t released a formal studio album since 2013’s Magna Carta Holy Grail. Jay-Z’s latest was met with mixed critical reactions and drew headlines for its release in conjunction with Samsung. The RIAA changed their gold and platinum certification guidelines after all of Magna Carta Holy Grail’s sales were counted during the initial date of the album release instead of the previously mandated 30-day window.
The man regarded by some as one of the greatest MCs in the game has largely focused on building his streaming service TIDAL, philanthropic and political efforts, and working with Roc Nation Sports. There has been no confirmation on Jay’s part about an upcoming album, but previous releases such as Magna Carta Holy Grail and Watch The Throne were announced with very little lead time as well.
Given that Zaytoven is reportedly sitting on roughly 100 unreleased tracks with Future, we could be in for a sequel to “I Got The Keys.” Of course, given the dozens of artists under the Roc Nation management umbrella, Zaytoven could merely be joining the fold or supplying a track for a Roc Nation artist.