Exclusive: DJ Mustard Dishes On New Rihanna Music, ’10 Summers’, & More

Published: Monday 15th Sep 2014 by Joe

“Mustard on the beat!”

Unless one has been living under a rock for the past year, the chances of having jammed to a song with that tag are sky high.

Indeed, beyond being infectious club hits, tracks such as ‘2 On’ by Tinashe, T-Pain’s ‘Up Down’ and ‘No Mediocre’ courtesy of T.I. and Iggy Azalea all have a common denominator: DJ Mustard.

Recently, That Grape Juice caught up with the super-producer whose first album ’10 Summers’ was released exclusively through Google Play and is now also available in-stores.

Join us after the jump where we quiz the hitmaker on his album and the reasoning behind its roll-out as well as his rise to the top of the charts, he also spills the beans on his work Jay-Z and Rita Ora and of course he updates us on his work with superstar Rihanna.

Interview by: Joe Kams (That Grape Juice, Paris)


That Grape Juice: Congratulations on all your success.
DJ Mustard: Thank you, appreciate it

Here at TGJ we are well aware of your career up until this point. But for those who aren’t, tell us about your journey?
Well I’m just a kid from Los Angeles, California, South Central. I started out DJ-ing when I was 11 and I started making beats five years ago for YG. I made beats for Tyga like ‘Rack City’, I made ‘I’m Different’ for 2 Chainz, ‘RIP’ for Young Jeezy and the list goes on and on. I’m just trying to make a lot of records.

Your rise has been quite rapid. How are you adjusting to fame, people knowing your name, your face, your trademark tag?
It’s cool, it’s really flattering to see people enjoying the music that I do, I’m just having a good time, I’m having fun.

We ear a lot of producers duplicating your sound, do you see that as a compliment or is it something that annoys you?
It is a compliment because it’s only making the sound bigger, also it allows me to know when the time has come to reinvent myself and make new stuff. When you are a leader, you should have a lot of followers.

Your album ’10 Summers’ is getting a lot of buzz. Tell us about what folk who buy it can expect from it in terms of sound, collaborations,…?
It’s a real classic West-Coast album with a bit of everything. We have Lil’ Wayne, Yo Gotti, Young Jeezy, Nipsey Hussle, RJ, YG, Big Sean, Lil Boosie and the list goes on. It’s a really good album, I put a lot work into it so I’m glad it’s getting the respect I thought it would get.

Also you did something special with GooglePlay. Tell us a little bit more about how that came about.
I decided to put my album out through Google because I just thought it was something new and interesting to do. They put it out and they gave it away for free. I consider Google a big outlet so I thought it was a good idea to do that and give it to the fans for free for a limited time, and later on they’ll be able to buy it.

Which producers are some of your biggest inspirations?
Dr Dre, Lil’ Jon, Timbaland, Pharrell, all of those guys are incredible producers to me, all very different in their own right.

Given your own success, do you see some of them as competition?
No, I am not in a competition with anybody. I do the music that I love to do and I have a good time doing it.

Tell us who you have been working with recently?
I’ve been working with everybody: I’m back working with YG, Nipsey Hussle, Ty Dolla Sign’s new project is coming soon, I’ve worked on Lil’ Wayne’s ‘Carter V’… I did a beat for Jay Z, I don’t know what will happen with it though (laughs).

We know you’ve been working on Rihanna’s eight studio album. What can we expect from your time in the studio?
We haven’t got our club record just yet but we have a ballad that I really like and that she likes too. I did a couple of songs with her, we’re still working, we’re still in the early stages, trying to come together with a massive record.

What about your other Roc Nation sister, Rita Ora?
Yes, I’ve been working with Rita. We’ve been trying out different stuff and we’re trying to come up with the best record for me and her. Everybody is working hard to put out music the fans will appreciate.

You’ve enjoyed much success with Tinashe’s ‘2 On’, what can we expect from her album ‘Aquarius’ since we know you’ve been working on it?
I did a couple of records for Tinashe, I think it’s gonna be dope. I haven’t heard her project in his entirety but I like the records that I did.

A lot of people present Tinashe almost as a young Janet Jackson, who at the moment has the masses talking about her new album? We love your sound, we love her, could a collaboration ever happen?
Anything is possible, there isn’t anything I wouldn’t do

What kind of sound would you give her?
Definitely bangers, some crazy records.

What advice would you give to people that want to break in the music industry?
I would just say don’t let anybody tell you that you can’t do what you want to do. Do what you got to do, do it to the fullest, don’t let up, not one bit. Stay yourself, don’t pay attention to negativity.

Finally, when the dust has settled, how does DJ Mustard want to be remembered?
I want to be remembered as me, DJ Mustard (laughs). As a trendsetter, someone who was the best at what he was doing. I’m 24 years old right now so I have a lot of time to do what I have to do, for now I just want to keep making records.


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  1. How Many Drinks September 15, 2014

    Lol yawn. I would expect her to use basic DJ mustard. More generic safe music that will burn out after 2 months to come…

    • The Wig Snatcher September 15, 2014

      Ya mad because her p**** pops severely and yours don’t?

  2. #TeamTinashe Stan (Pre-Order “Aquarius” Now On iTunes) September 15, 2014

    He’s so huge lol.
    Lol at TGJ saying they like Tinashe with the exception of David.
    Who knows he probably now likes her but fyi TGJ “2 On” is the only song on the album that DJ Mustard produced. 😀

    • NaviKissKiss September 15, 2014

      You have some gaul to show your face again after you were EXPOSED for the trolling b**** that you are.

      • The Wig Snatcher September 15, 2014

        Go in!!!

  3. #TeamTinashe Stan (Pre-Order “Aquarius” Now On iTunes) September 15, 2014

    And where is that Tinashe interview y’all said you did?

    • CherylSoldierr September 15, 2014

      Hey girl

  4. CherylSoldierr September 15, 2014

    Oh, he’s not cute. And it sounds like r8 isn’t coming for a bit. It looks like she wants to make a really good record. 🙂

    • Jessica September 15, 2014

      So she wont be releasing in November!?? Shes going to struggle.

  5. Jessica September 15, 2014

    Jhene>>> Tinashe

    • TotallyTinashe September 15, 2014

      The charts say differently d***

    • The Wig Snatcher September 15, 2014

      They are Rihanna imitators and lessors who are here today and gone tomorrow. Who are Jhene and Tinashe? Correct.

  6. Beysus September 15, 2014

    A “ballad”??? LOL well it won’t be no Beyonce – Heaven or Beyonce – Pretty Hurts…

    • TotallyTinashe September 15, 2014

      Yup it may actually CHART

      • Beysus September 15, 2014

        Yup… If it’s actually PROMOTED…

      • booboo bye September 15, 2014

        Lol, @TotallyTinashe you better get her tired a** and her pussycat wanna be fave.

      • blue September 15, 2014

        @totallytinashe +1

      • The Wig Snatcher September 15, 2014

        Beysus got clocked. Bloop!

    • blue September 15, 2014

      remind me again who sang sia’s biggest charting hit? Not xtina, not celine, not katy, not sia and most def not bey…? Give you hint: at age 26 she already has two icon awards to her name…
      Seems people rather party to rih’s music and also just reflect with it too…lol iiwab just start playing on my phone.

    • Beysus September 15, 2014

      LOL errbody just STFU!

      • Lily September 15, 2014

        You’re the one that need to STFU. Always Mad/Pressed. Rih “Ballad” always on point.

  7. CherylSoldierr September 15, 2014

    Stay was a cute ballad that charted.

  8. Carmen September 15, 2014

    Whatever. Does anyone even care besides her devout fans? I havn’t heard anyone hype for new Rihanna music in the real world. Theres enough of it as it is.

  9. Jamie September 15, 2014

    Rihannas ballads chart unlike Beyonces

    • Valerie September 15, 2014

      Halo, listen and If I Were Boy disagree.

      • Jamie September 15, 2014

        Lol all those songs are from 6 years ago Beyonce can only chart with stripper music these days

      • blue September 15, 2014

        i see you three and raise you : take a bow, unfaithful, stay, hate that i love you, we ride, russian roulette, california king bed, loveee song.

    • The Wig Snatcher September 15, 2014

      Beyoncé is all about being ratchet and show in off her ass in order to keep up with Rihanna’s natural edgy appeal.

      • AmbeRussell September 15, 2014

        Natural edgy?! She ONLY became edgy after fashion designers, hair stylist and pr pplADE her edgy. Anyways beyonce ballads have charted but what’s important is that it charts AND gets the proper attention from the Grammy. Also, charting doesn’t really matter when said artist does not live up to the the vocals that are heard on a studio mix. That is all that REALLY counts besides the timelessness of the song’s ability to become a classic

  10. blue September 15, 2014

    rihanna is one of the few artists that can sell both tempo and slow ballads. One of the only current popstars to jumpstart and album with a ballad and even that went top ten.

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