DJ Mustard

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DJ Mustard
DJ Mustard in 2013 2014-04-13 17-35.jpg
DJ Mustard in 2013
Background information
Birth name Dijon McFarlane[1]
Born (1990-06-05) June 5, 1990 (age 24)[2][3]
Origin Los Angeles, California
Genres Hip hop, R&B
Occupations Record producer, DJ
Years active 2009–present
Labels Pushaz Ink, Roc Nation, Republic Records
Associated acts 2 Chainz, Kid Ink, Nipsey Hussle, TeeFlii, Ty Dolla Sign, Tyga, YG, Young Jeezy

Dijon McFarlane, professionally known as DJ Mustard, is an American record producer and DJ from Los Angeles, California. He is perhaps best known for being the official DJ of Compton-bred rapper YG, as well as for producing a string of hit singles, such as Tyga's "Rack City", 2 Chainz' "I'm Different", YG's "My Nigga", Kid Ink's "Show Me", Ty Dolla Sign's "Paranoid", Trey Songz' "Na Na" , Tinashe's "2 On", and many more. Mustard's production style has been described as a up-tempo, club oriented, catchy yet rudimentary melodic hip hop style. This style has snowballed into a subgenre of West Coast hip hop, which he calls "ratchet music".[4][5][6][7] All of his productions begin with the tag "Mustard on the beat, hoe!", a voice sample of YG, who says it at the end of "I'm Good", one of their early collaborations.[8] Mustard's debut album, 10 Summers, is scheduled to be released on August 26, 2014.

Early life[edit]

When Mustard was 11 years old, his uncle, a DJ, let him DJ at a family party. Mustard began DJing more as he got older, and became much more skilled at it. DJ Mustard then very often DJed in clubs. He uses the music production software Reason, first using 5, 6 and currently using 6.5. "With this ratchet music I’m trying to create my own sound. I want to make this to where it can’t leave, this is something that everybody’s gonna get used to. Like how everybody got used to Lil Jon or Luke. I don’t want it to be something that comes and goes, I want it to be something that’s here forever like a real culture," Mustard said.[3]

Musical career[edit]

In an interview with Sway's Universe, DJ Mustard described his business relationship with West coast rapper YG. Since YG's second mixtape The Real 4Fingaz,[9] he has produced on all of his mixtapes. "I started making beats for YG; he was one the first people to do my beats. I started with him, so for us to do a mixtape was easy. We created this dancing sound. I feel like we owed it to the streets and we’re not stopping."[4] DJ Mustard has produced singles by YG such as "Bitches Ain't Shit" featuring rappers Tyga and Nipsey Hussle, and "You Broke" also featuring Nipsey Hussle.

During 2010, DJ Mustard released an unofficial compilation album with various artists through the label Thump Records that was called "Let's Jerk" named after the street dance called jerking in Los Angeles.[10]

During late 2011, DJ Mustard produced Tyga's third single "Rack City" from his second album Careless World: Rise of the Last King. The song was released in December 2011, and peaked at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, #1 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, and #2 on the Hot Rap Songs chart.[11] It was also certified 2x platinum by the RIAA.[12] According to Mustard, the beat for the song was originally for YG. YG told Mustard that Tyga needed a beat, so he sent the beat to Tyga.[4] DJ Mustard's career was given a huge blast from the song. He also produced two tracks from Tyga's mixtape Well Done 3, the third installment of his Well Done series and his song "Hit Em Up" featuring rapper Jadakiss from his third album Hotel California, released on April 9, 2013.

During 2012, DJ Mustard produced Atlanta rapper 2 Chainz's song "I'm Different" that was released as the third single from his major debut album Based on a T.R.U. Story on November 8. The song charted at #6 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart[13] and was certified gold by the RIAA, selling over 500,000 copies digitally.[14] Also later in 2012, DJ Mustard produced the song R.I.P. by Atlanta rapper Young Jeezy that was released as the lead single from his twelfth mixtape It's Tha World on February 5, 2013. The song features 2 Chainz, making this the second time he has rapped over Mustard's beats since "I'm Different". The song charted at #17 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.[15] Mustard has also produced tracks on rapper Bow Wow's seventh album Underrated such as "We In Da Club" which was released as the second single from that album. However, as stated by Bow Wow in 2012, the album has been indefinitely been delayed and he is no longer focusing on it.[3][16]

On June 3, 2013 DJ Mustard released his official debut mixtape Ketchup. The mixtape contained guest appearances from artists such as Lil Snupe, YG, Ty$, Joe Moses, Kid Ink, Nipsey Hussle, Casey Veggies, Ca$h Out, Clyde Carson, Dorrough, Dom Kennedy, and Lil Jon.[17] Later in June, Mustard produced Atlanta rapper B.o.B's song HeadBand featuring 2 Chainz, which was released as the second single from his third studio album Underground Luxury. The song has charted at #21 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.[18] On September 17, DJ Mustard produced West coast rapper Kid Ink's song "Show Me" featuring Chris Brown, released as the first single from his upcoming second studio album My Own Lane. On November 18, 2013, DJ Mustard announced that he had signed to Jay-Z's Roc Nation as an artist, and revealed plans to release his own studio album.[19] On December 18, 2013, he was named the runner-up for producer of the year by HipHopDX.[20]

Artistry[edit]

Mustard's body of work has been recognized by critics as sonically cohesive and recognizable in that many of his tracks have recurring, identifiable motifs.[21] Most apparent is his producer signature "Mustard on the beat, ho!" which prefaces the beat drop in many of his songs.[21] This signature is often strategically placed to span the third and fourth counts of the measure preceding the "beat drop." On a compositional level, however, Mustard's motifs also include: an ambient chant of "Hey!" in the background of his music;[21] the emphasized, minimalist G-funk style synth opening to many songs, notably My Nigga, R.I.P., and Rack City;[22] and the use of hand-claps and snap-snares.[23]

As a result of the recognizability and commonality between many of Mustard's chart-topping singles, a number of artists who employ production similar to DJ Mustard's have been criticized for unoriginality and plagiarism. In a July 2014 interview with Tim Westwood, the rapper YG, whose album My Krazy Life was mostly produced by Mustard, stated that Iggy Azalea's song Fancy "jocked" Mustard's style.[24] Like many of Mustard's songs, Fancy includes a minimalist G-funk style synth opening and samples a "Hey" chant. In response to fan questions, Mustard confirmed in a tweet that he did not produce the song.[25]

Production equipment[edit]

Mustard produces his beats using Propellerhead Reason and charges upwards $20,000 USD per beat.[26][27]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US US
R&B
US
Rap
10 Summers[28] 143 20 14
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Mixtapes[edit]

List of mixtapes, with selected details
Title Album details
4 Hunnid Degreez (with YG)
  • Released: March 26, 2012
  • Label: Self-released
  • Formats: Digital download



List of mixtapes, with selected details
Title Album details
Ketchup[30]
  • Released: June 3, 2013
  • Label: Self-released
  • Formats: Digital download

Singles[edit]

List of songs, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US
US R&B
US Rap
"Money"[31]
(featuring TeeCee4800)
2013 Non-album single
"Throw It Up"[32]
(with Tyga)
Well Done IV
"This D"[33]
(with TeeFLii)
Non-album singles
"Vato"[34]
(featuring YG, Jeezy and Que)
2014
"Down on Me"[35]
(featuring Ty Dolla Sign and 2 Chainz)
10 Summers
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

As featured artist[edit]

List of songs, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US
US R&B
US Rap
"I'm Not a Gangsta (I'm a Gangsta Remix)"[36]
(Lights Over Paris featuring Game, YG, Tydolla$ign and DJ Mustard))
2011
"Left, Right"[37]
(YG featuring DJ Mustard)
2013 44 My Krazy Life
"Oakland"[38]
(Vell featuring DJ Mustard)
2014 Non-album singles
"On My Clock"[39]
(Mikey Ooo & Jojoe featuring TeeFlii and DJ Mustard)
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Production discography[edit]

List of singles produced, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US US R&B US Rap AUS CAN GER IRE NZ SWI UK
"Rack City"
(Tyga)
2011 7 1 2 56 53 60 39 Careless World: Rise of the Last King
"Bitches Aint Shit"
(YG featuring Tyga and Nipsey Hussle)
2012 100 Just Re Up'd
"T.O."[41]
(Problem featuring Skeme)
118 Welcome to Mollyworld
"Grindmode"[42]
(YG featuring 2 Chainz and Nipsey Hussle)
4 Hunnid Degreez
"We In da Club"[43]
(Bow Wow)
112 Non-album single
"I'm Different"[44]
(2 Chainz)
27 6 6
  • RIAA: 2× Platinum[45]
Based on a T.R.U. Story
"R.I.P."
(Young Jeezy featuring 2 Chainz)
58 17 12 It's Tha World
"You Broke"[47]
(YG featuring Nipsey Hussle)
2013 Just Re'd Up 2
"HeadBand"
(B.o.B featuring 2 Chainz)
53 16 15 67
  • RIAA: Platinum
Underground Luxury
"Helluva Night"[48]
(Ludacris)
96 31 23 #IGDAF
"Throw It Up"[32]
(Tyga)
Well Done 4
"My Nigga"
(YG featuring Jeezy and Rich Homie Quan)
19 5 4 69 53
  • RIAA: Platinum[49]
My Krazy Life
"Paranoid"
(Ty Dolla Sign featuring B.o.B)
29 8 Beach House EP
"Show Me"
(Kid Ink featuring Chris Brown)
13 4 3 46 67 36 40 32 23
  • RIAA: Platinum[51]
My Own Lane
"Up Down (Do This All Day)"
(T-Pain featuring B.o.B)
62 17 74 Stoicville: The Phoenix
"This D"
(TeeFlii)[52]
Non-album single
"Strong"
(Young Dro)
High Times
"How to Be the Man"[53]
(Riff Raff)
Neon Icon
"Feelin' Myself"
(Will.i.am featuring French Montana, Miley Cyrus, Wiz Khalifa and DJ Mustard)
96 29 18 34 55 3 16 2
  • BPI: Gold
#willpower
"Left, Right"
(YG featuring DJ Mustard)
44 My Krazy Life
"Na Na"
(Trey Songz)
21 8 83 20
  • RIAA: Gold
Trigga
"Numb"
(August Alsina featuring B.o.B and Yo Gotti)
122 38 Testimony
"2 On"
(Tinashe featuring Schoolboy Q)
2014 24 5 53
  • RIAA: Gold
Aquarius
"Or Nah"[54]
(Ty Dolla Sign featuring Wiz Khalifa and DJ Mustard)
48 18 Beach House EP
"Who Do You Love?"
(YG featuring Drake)
54 15 6 87
  • RIAA: Gold
My Krazy Life
"Main Chick"
(Kid Ink featuring Chris Brown)
60 16 9 99 59 My Own Lane
"24 Hours"
(TeeFlii featuring 2 Chainz)
97 29 23 Starr
"Don't Tell 'Em"
(Jeremih featuring YG)
13 3 45 94
  • RIAA: Gold
Thumpy Johnson
"No Mediocre"
(T.I. featuring Iggy Azalea)
39 11 8 36 79 34 49 Paperwork: The Motion Picture
"She"[55]
(Keyshia Cole)
Point of No Return
"Don't Panic"
(French Montana)
49 Mac & Cheese 4
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Awards and nominations[edit]

BET Hip Hop Awards[edit]

The BET Hip Hop Awards were established in 2006 by the Black Entertainment Television network to celebrate hip-hop performers, producers and music video directors.

Year Nominated work Award Result
2014[56] Himself DJ of the Year Pending
Producer of the Year
MVP of the Year
"My Hitta" Track of the Year

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