#DXHitList: Producers Ayo & Keyz Talk Cardi B's "Bickenhead" & Much More
#DXclusive: Meet the two-time Grammy Award-winning production team behind Cardi B's "Bickenhead," Lil Wayne's "John" and Wiz Khalifa's "Something New" featuring Ty Dolla $ign.
Atlanta, GA – Ayo & Keyz are the illustrious hit-making producers behind standout cut “Bickenhead” off Cardi B’s Invasion of Privacy debut album, which has already been labeled as one of the hottest tracks for the summer. The song was consciously made with Cardi’s famous persona in mind. HipHopDX was able to catch up with the production duo over the phone for a #DXHitList Session to find out the story behind “Bickenhead” and learn more about the enigmatic beat-making team that continuously churns out hit records such as Wiz Khalifa’s Hot 100 hit “Something New” featuring Ty Dolla $ign.
Things fell into place so quickly for Ayo & Keyz that it certainly seemed destined for these two to meet and make music together. Having both grown up in the church and being musically inclined, the pair hadn’t even been together a year (forming originally as The Upperclassmen) before they scored their first major placement with “John” on Lil Wayne’s double-platinum Tha Carter IV album from 2011. It was also their first Grammy Award nomination for Best Rap Album. They landed their second Grammy nod in 2015 for their work on Sean Paul’s 2015 album Full Frequency.
Depending on their faith, these two have been going in musically since they came out and they refuse to let a little distance between them stand in the way or slow them down. While Ayo resides in Orlando and Keyz lives Atlanta, everything between them seem to be so in sync. Their humbleness and patience have procured them placements with Yo Gotti, Wale and Chris Brown as well. Ayo & Keyz curated a special #DXHitList on Spotify featuring some of these songs and gave us the stories behind a few of their picks.
Wiz Khalifa f. Ty Dolla $ign — “Something New” — We did this record with a producer named Paul Cabin and Hitmaka — that’s Yung Berg/Christian/the Tuh. It’s one of those records where it’s just a good cookout and two-step music. That’