Blasting into the mainstream on the success of Drake-assisted hit "Look Alive," producer Tay Keith found his standing in the rap zeitgeist alongside longtime friend and collaborator BlocBoy JB. Having built on "Look Alive" with follow-up single "Rover 2.0," the Memphis producer found his first number one hit with Travis Scott's "Sicko Mode," and landed work with key artists from Eminem to Lil Baby.
Born in South Memphis, Tennessee, Tay Keith (born Brytavious Lakeith Chambers) found his knack for production at age 14, learning at home while uploading beats to audio streaming platforms. After moving to Raleigh, he quickly developed a friendship and working relationship with local rapper BlocBoy JB, and was quick to provide beats for the rapper's 2016 debut mixtape, Who Am I. Mastering both the clacking drawl of local production styles and the faster pace of mainstream trap, the producer upped his work ethic through the mid- to late 2010s, working on mixtapes including Blac Youngsta's F*ck Everybody, Moneybagg Yo's Heartless and Federal 3X, and BlocBoy's Loco, Grape Juice, The Purple M&M, and Who Am I 3.
After the Memphis collaborators caught the attention of international superstar Drake, the trio worked together for 2018 single "Look Alive," which landed at number five on the U.S. singles chart and gave both artists their first taste of the mainstream. With international eyes on the duo, they were quick to enlist 21 Savage for remix track "Rover 2.0." Working alongside artists from A$AP Rocky to G-Eazy, Keith landed production work for Travis Scott's upcoming ASTROWORLD LP through his Drake co-sign. The result was the co-produced "SICKO MODE," the first hip-hop song in history to spend more than 30 weeks in the chart's Top Ten spots, the single landed Keith his first number one hit, as well as two nominations at the 61st Grammy Awards later that year.
Now an established name in the hip-hop mainstream, the Memphis producer continued to work with some of the industry's biggest names, ending 2018 with colossal hits including Eminem's "Not Alike," Drake's "Nonstop," and Lil Baby, Gunna, and Drake's "Never Recover." 2019 saw the producer expand his repertoire to pop, too. After kicking off the year with work on Beyoncé's "Before I Let Go," the Memphis producer worked with Miley Cyrus ("Mother's Daughter") and DJ Khaled ("Wish Wish"), alongside more traditional trap rappers Denzel Curry ("Automatic") and Gucci Mane ("Came from Scratch," "Look at Me Now," "Bottom"). ~ David Crone