Did DJ Mustard produce a number of the hits he’s taken credit for?
Well, let a former friend of the artist tell it and the answer is simply…no.
A surprising story below…
After joining the singer Tinashe to celebrate the success of their hit single ‘2 On’, Mustard learned than an old friend, Mike Free, had filed a lawsuit against in the December of 2014.
His problem? The credit he claims Mustard took for eight songs he claims to have co-produced, accusing the ‘Rack City’ architect of failing to commit to an oral agreement they came to before his meteoric rise to fame.
Mike’s story begins in 2011. Back then, he was a high school student who began producing tracks he says Mustard took a liking to.
In an interview with ‘Complex’ and the aforementioned lawsuit, he says the producer claimed to place the tracks with artists he was beginning to work with, promising to make sure the teen was given credit for his work.
Alas, Mike now says things took a turn for the worst when Mustard placed the cuts but failed to acknowledge the part he played in creating them, going on to claim that he had produced them himself.
A year would pass before the pair would reach a new agreement in which Mike stipulated his share of fees, advances and royalties from bops he built for the ‘L.A Love’ producer.
Unfortunately, Mike now says Mustard breached that contract and terminated it via text message, and now claims that he is responsible for 20 (and not eight) of the songs Mustard has sold to artists as his own.
Mike’s lawyer,intellectual property attorney Robert Allen, shares:
Mike is a real class guy. All he’s looking for is to be properly credited and paid for the things that he did. He doesn’t have any ill will toward Mustard. No bad blood. It’s just about the work that he did in creating these songs, and the masters, and being properly credited and compensated.
Though Allen does not have an estimate for how much Free is owed in total, he claims a percentage that roughly breaks down to 25 percent of musical compositions he co-created with Mustard and 20 percent of songs containing a sample (such as “24 Hours,” which samples YG’s “I’m Good”). “My Nigga” and “Show Me,” both of which Free asserts he wrote the whole musical composition, entitling him to the entire share attributable to the creator of the music, minus the samples (in this case, 40 percent).