Tay Keith Reveals He Faced Massive Backlash For Working With Sexyy Red

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 04: Tay Keith attends the 66th GRAMMY Awards at Crypto.com Arena on February 04, 2024 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)

The producer saw greatness in the hard-hitting rapper.

Sexyy Red had a massive burst in popularity in 2023 that saw her rising from a relative unknown to one of the biggest stars in all of hip-hop. One of her biggest collaborators is producer Tay Keith, who helped craft her breakthrough hit. They worked together on "Pound Town" which eventually broke through when Nicki Minaj joined on for the "Pound Town 2" remix. They also teamed up on the viral "Skee Yee" which became an irresistible summer hit and viral TikTok anthem last summer. But in a new interview with Billboard, the producer revealed his choice to collaborate with Red didn't go over well with everyone.

“People were trolling the sh*t out of me. They were real-deal trolling me. It wasn’t much good feedback. It was coming from even people around me, ‘What you doing?’ I saw the potential. That’s as simple as it was, me believing in her," Tay Keith explains in the interview. "I think people doubted me working with her because they didn’t see the reason to do it. I definitely seen the potential. I tell people all the time how long I was watching Sexyy Red’s music before she blew up," he continues. The producer also reveals that he was watching her videos on YouTube for a while before the pair finally collaborated. Check out his full interview below.

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Tay Keith Talks Sexyy Red Backlash

Sexyy Red and Tay Keith teamed up again for the rappers first new single of 2024. "Get It Sexyy" is off to an incredible start and has the potential to be her biggest hit yet after peaking in the top 20 of the Hot 100. The song is still hovering in the top 30 months after its release.

What do you think of Tay Keith getting backlash for working with Sexyy Red before she blew up? Do you believe that he knew all along she would eventually be a superstar? Let us know in the comment section below.

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Lavender Alexandria is a music and culture journalist based in Los Angeles, California. She’s covered dozens of musical genres and styles from the most mainstream to the most experimental and underground on her blog and accompanying YouTube channel that looks at music, pop culture, and Billboard charts since 2017: Lav’s Music Corner. Lavender has produced editorial and listicle content both in written and video form over the past far years and has also interviewed up-and-coming artists like Censored Dialogue. Her experiences covering culture have taken her from Hyperpop parties in LA to underground rap shows in Atlanta, to DIY punk shows in Charlotte. Lavender has also written for iHeartRadio, covering some of the biggest artists in Hip Hop such as Ice Spice, Drake, Doja Cat and Cardi B. She also has bylines with ScreenRant and continues to write for Ringtone magazine. Lavender is a lifelong Charlotte Hornets fan and her favorite rap artists include Clipping, Little Simz, Earl Sweatshirt, and Kendrick Lamar.