American record producer Zaytoven has worked with a number rappers throughout his career including Migos, Gucci Mane, Waka Flaka Flame, and Future. Hailing from Atlanta, Georgia, he grew up surrounded by music as his mother worked as a choir director. Alongside his siblings, he later learnt how to play the organ and the piano.
At the age of eighteen, he released his debut mixtape, EA Sportscenter, which was a joint venture with DJ Holiday and Gucci Mane. Since then, Zaytoven has dropped close to two dozen mixtapes, most of which are collaborative projects.
As a music producer, the Atlanta artist has also worked with a number of rappers including Shawn Jay, Playa Fly, B Money, Young Thad, and Humble G.
Currently, it is estimated that Zaytoven has a net worth in the hundreds of thousands. Through what means did he earn this amount? Let’s take a look.
Zaytovens Net Worth 2018 – $200,000
How did Zaytoven Earn His Money & Wealth?
Born on January 12, 1980 in Frankfurt, Germany, Zaytoven (Real Name: Xavier L. Dotson) grew up in a musical family with his three siblings. Seeing as how his mother worked as a choir director and his father worked as a preacher, much of his youth was spent at church- where he was a member of the band. Before long, he had taken up his first instruments, the organ and the piano.
After graduating from high school in 1999, Zaytoven moved to Atlanta where he attended a barber college. Over the next few years, he cut hair at a local salon to support himself; it also served as his main form of networking. Ultimately, it was while he was cutting hair that he met hip hop artist, Gucci Mane. Outside of his work, Zaytoven was also working on polishing his music at the time.
With their immediate connection, the two eventually collaborated on the hit single, So Icy which also featured fellow rapper Young Jeezy. Met with applause, the song eventually reached number 23 on the Hot Rap Songs chart. From there, Zaytoven continued to hone his craft at his home studio while working as a barber.
By the mid 2000’s, he had amassed a number of credits to his name as a record producer. Some of his early projects include the titles Tamale Season, Southside [1 Stop]. Khan! The Me Generation, Masahouse, and I’m Up. Additionally, he was also the primary artist of the songs I Bought That, and Average Man.
In 2008, the aspiring musician was featured in Gucci Mane’s mixtape entitled, EA Sportscenter. His first major feature, it ultimately garnered him a considerable amount of exposure. As of 2017, the 18-track project has been streamed online over 314,000 times and downloaded more than 60,000 times on Datpiff.
The next year, he was involved in a handful of projects including the mixtape Trap Boy (2009), ZayTown PT. 2 (2009), and Free Gucci (2009). Behind the scenes, he also worked as an engineer The State vs. Radric Davis by Gucci Mane and contributed to the audio production of Back 2 Bizness by Yung Ralph, Don’t Feed Da Animals by Gorilla Zoe, and The Bubba Sparxxx and DJ Greg Street Present the New South by Bubba Sparxxx.
Continuing his work as a record producer, Zaytoven helped with the production of Gucci Mane’s The Appeal: Georgia’s Most Wanted, Usher’s Raymond v. Raymond, Plies’ Good Affiliated, and Chingo Bling and DJ Fletch’s Chicken Flippa. As far as mixtape go, he was also involved with the titles Lissen Up, Gangsta Music, and Artillery South Trapping.
Over the next years from 2011 until 2014, a number of credits were added to his discography- most of which feature his work as a producer. Some of the projects that he was involved with during this time include The Return of Mr. Zone 6, Trap Back, The Pinkprint, No Label II, Bossalinis & Fooliyones, Money Don’t Sleep, and BAYTL.
In 2015, the Atlanta-based musician worked with a number of artists including Future, Young Jeezy, Fall Out Boy and Travis Scott on the projects Rodeo, Make America Psycho Again, DS2, Church in These Streets, and Da Reality Show.
That same year, Zaytoven was also featured in Future’s mixtape, Beast Mode which was made available on January 15, 2015. Produced entirely by the music producer, it boasted nine hip hop tracks including Forever Eva, Where I Came From, Just Like Bruddas, No Basic, Lay Up, and Peacoat.
Some of the other mixtapes that he was involved in that year include Juggathon, #ZayDidIt, Juice VS Say, For Trappers Only, and NASA.
In 2016, Zaytoven worked with Shanell, Gucci Mane, and Young Duo on the tapes 88 Keys, Mama’s Basement, and Boot Me Up respectively. Additionally, he also contributed as a record producer to the albums The D-Boy Diary: Book 1 by E-40, Real N-Ggas Back in Style by Philthy Rich, Political Ties by Philthy Rich, King of Memphis by Young Dolph, and Lil Durk 2X by Lil Durk.
Most recently this year, he helped to produce Seminary by Philthy Rich, Heartless by MoneyBagg Yo and C U L T U R E by Migos.
Considering all that he’s helped to produce over the past decade, it’s not unreasonable to believe that most of his wealth came from his work as a record producer. As far as numericals go however, we may never know the exact amount that he’s earned.
In addition to his work in music, Zaytoven has also acted on several occasions in the past few years. In 2005, he made his debut in the film, Confessions of a Thug. From there, it wasn’t until 2010 that he made an appearance in Villa Mane’s Zaytown The DVD, after which he appeared in the short movie, All Mine.
Following that, he was featured in the movie Birds of a Feather alongside Big Bank Black, Al Nuke, and Gucci Mane in 2012. In 2013, he also made a brief appearance in the Weed Man Movie Series with Str8 Dropp The Prophet and Villa Mane. Finally in 2015, he appeared in Finesse The Movie.
Of course as a musician, Zaytoven also earns a hefty sum from putting on live shows. For instance between 2015 and 2016, the Atlanta-native hit the stage ten times across the United States from San Francisco to Brooklyn. This upcoming summer, he is also scheduled to perform at Holland Park in Surrey, Canada. For each stint, he would presumably receive a booking fee in the thousands.
On the internet, the popularity of his Youtube Channel also yields a considerable amount via Google ads. Since he made his account back in December 2008, his official page has garnered over 108,000 subscribers and more than 30,000,000 video views across all of his videos. Taking into consideration how the average Youtube is able to earn upwards of a few dollars per 1000 views, that easily translate to a few tens of thousands of dollars.
Not only Youtube, but his official Soundcloud page (@Zaytovenbeatz) is also capable of earning ad revenue in a similar fashion- in which advertisements are played during streams. Currently he has approximately 34,000 followers on the music-streaming platform.
As of 2017, Zaytoven’s net worth sits at approximately $200,000- which really isn’t all too bad for a thirty something year old. Assuming that he continues with his music career at the same pace as before, this amount will surely increase with additional projects. For all we know, he may even take on more acting roles in the near future.
Zaytoven’s Personal Life and FAQ
Is Zaytoven’s Married?
Yes, the Atlanta record producer has been married to his wife, Stephanie for close to ten years; the two are often seen exchanging sweet messages to each other on Twitter.
It’s unknown whether or not he has been in any prior relationships.
Does Zaytoven Have Any Children?
Yes, Zaytoven has two children with his wife, Stephanie- a 7-year-old daughter named Olivia and an 11-year-old son named Xavier. According to a recent interview, the music producer drops both of them off at school at 7:30 in the morning every day, prior to returning to his home studio for work.
Did Zaytoven go to College?
No, Zaytoven did not go to college, in the traditional sense anyway. Following his high school graduation in 1991, he went to a barber college in Atlanta. From there, he began to work as a barber before finding success as a record producer.
Where Did Zaytoven Get His Name From?
Where did he get his stage name from? Apparently, it stemmed from his talent on the keyboard. According to a recent interview, the moniker “Zaytoven” was given to him by a friend who was impressed by his talent on the piano; allegedly he stated that “[he] had sounded just like Beethoven”.
Where Does Zaytoven Live? Pictures of Zaytoven’s House
Unfortunately, not much is known about the music producer’s living quarters- what we do know is that he currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia. Having said that, with a few hundred thousands under his name, it’s likely that he has no problem renting a nice place for himself in the city.
We sadly do not have any pictures of Zaytoven’s house to share at his time.
What Kind of Car does Zaytoven Drive?
Information regarding his vehicle is currently not available.
Zaytoven as a Philanthropist
For many years, Zaytoven has been a regular member of church; in fact, one of his first “gigs” was to play drums and organs on Sunday mornings when he was a child. In a recent interview where he spoke of how he gives back, the hitmaker stated that he donates 10% of whatever he makes back to the church. Throughout the years, this has probably amassed into tens of thousands of dollars.
Zaytoven’s Career Accomplishments
Since he first made his debut in the late 2000’s, the record producer has released dozens of mixtapes, most of which were met with critical acclaim. Throughout the years, he has collaborated with countless artists including Young Duo, OG Maco, Future, Gucci Mane, Aka Flocka Flame and OJ da Juice.
In 2011, Zaytoven received a prestigious Grammy Award for his work on Raymond v. Raymond– Usher’s hit studio album.
So far this year, Zaytoven has helped to produced a few titles including Seminary, Heartless, and C U L T U R E.
In terms of public shows, the record producer recently performed alongside his longtime collaborator Gucci Mane at the 2017 Red bull Music Academy Festival held in New York.