So Icy Music Producer Zaytoven


Zaytoven is among the top music producers from Atlanta spearheading the success of various music artists through his beats such as Gucci Mane and Usher. Born in Germany as Xavier Dotson, the origin of Zaytoven’s name comes from his similarities to German composer and pianist Ludwig van Beethoven. Both men were born in Germany and they mastered the piano and organ at a young age.

Since Zaytoven’s father was in the military, his family moved from Germany to San Francisco, California. Zaytoven moved to Atlanta, Georgia after his father retired and began to make noise in the Hip-Hop industry as a music producer.

It was in Atlanta where hit met one of the top rappers representing the South, Gucci Mane. The first encounter between Gucci Mane and Zaytoven was in a casual setting. Zaytoven was attending barber school when a fellow student introduced him to Gucci Mane. He explains that Gucci Mane was more interested in launching his own Nephews’ rap career at the time.

After some convincing, Zaytoven got Gucci Mane to be start writing his own lyrics and rapping. According to his bio, Zaytoven and Gucci Mane worked together to produce “So Icy” in 2005 which peaked at #23 on the Billboards Hot Rap Tracks chart.

In addition to producing beats, Zaytoven is the author of “From A to Zay” and is an actor in the movie Finesse directed by Al Nuke.

For more information on Zaytoven himself, visit his website, follow him on Twitter @zaytovenbeatz, and follow him on Instagram @zaytovenbeatz.



The Victoria Washington Experience Weekly News Update


It’s the Victoria Washington Experience and here are some news events that happened across the country.

According to the Huffington Post, travelers on a United Airlines flight to Denver subdued an unidentified man who approached the cockpit stating he had a bomb. Flight 1074 immediately landed and the unidentified man was covered in bruises after the incident but none of the other 32 passengers were injured.

Former notorious hip-hop icon Marion “Suge” Knight fainted in court when he heard his bail is set at $25 million according to the LA Times. After the incident, he received medical treatment at a jail hospital.

R&B Singer Chris Brown is officially off his probation after more than six years stated the Huffington Post.On Friday, Brown tweeted “IM OFF PROBATION!!!!!!!! Thank the Lord!!!!!!”

Little League player Mo’ne Davis can add shoe designer among her many accomplishments. According to Elle magazine, Davis collaborated with M4D3 (Make a Difference Everyday) to create a limited edition line of sneakers. The money accumulated is sent to the Because I Am a Girl charity foundation, which helps underprivileged girls worldwide.

If you having trouble with getting job interviews, consider looking at your e-mail address. According to Daily Mail, researchers performed a study that shows people who use formal e-mail addresses are more likely to advance in the job application process than those who use informal e-mail addresses.

This is your weekly news update with the Victoria Washington Experience. We keep your experience updated.


Jay-Z Biographer Zack Greenburg Talks Empire


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With a net worth of an estimated $560 million according to, Jay-Z has acquired much of his financial success through his albums, Rocawear clothing line, and even as a part-owner of the Brooklyn Nets for a time. In his book Empire State of Mind, Forbes Senior Editor Zack Greenburg provides an in-depth look into how the Brooklyn native went from a former drug dealer to a businessman.

An Alumni from Yale University, Greenburg began his career at Forbes as an intern and was offered a full-time position after graduating from college. During his first year at Forbes, an editor approached him and asked him “Do you like hip-hop?” Greenburg answered “Yes.” and helped the editor put together the first-ever list of top-earning rappers in 2007 for that year. A few weeks after the list was produced, 50 cent, Jay-Z, Diddy worked together to release the “I get Money “Forbes 1,2,3 Remix” to memorialize their honorable mentions on the same Hip-Hop Cash Kings list that Greenburg produced.

He was surprised that these rappers expressed their appreciation for Forbes through a song and knew that he wanted to make music his beat from that point on. The son of Zack Greenburg, a children’s book writer, and Suzanne O’Mally, former writer of Law and Order, Greenburg has a successful career as a reporter writing over 800 articles for Forbes, ForbesAsia, and One day, he was sick from work and was checking his e-mails at home when he noticed an editor from Penguin contacted him. The e-mail discussed about the editor asking him to write a biography about the business of Jay-Z. Greenburg agreed to a deal with Penguin in 2009 to write the book.

He attempted to get in contact with Jay-Z to interview him for the biography, but Jay-Z declined. However, Greenburg was not discouraged as he admitted that this gave him the opportunity to “dig deeper” into areas he may not have explored. Empire State of Mind chronicles deals that did not work out such as the Jay-z flying to Detroit, Michigan in 2005 to team up with MC Serch to create the Jay-Z jeep that ended up not going through do to Chrysler not wanting to sponsor a former drug dealer (in reference to Jay-Z) and power moves Jay-Z made through the course of his career. One of these power moves included selling his stake in the Brooklyn Nets to work on representing several professional athletes including Kevin Durant and Robinson Cano.

For more on Zack Greenburg and his book Empire State Of Mind, check out for his interview on the show. The interview is titled Jay-Z Biographer Zack Greenburg Talks Empire. Also you can follow Zack Greenburg on his Twitter @Zoblog