ARTIST PROFILE

Dj Mustard

Name: Dj Mustard

Birthday: June 5, 1990

Fav Dish: Chicken Wings

Dijon Isaiah McFarlane (born June 5, 1990), professionally known as DJ Mustard, is an American record producer, songwriter and DJ from Los Angeles, California. He is a frequent collaborator of Compton-bred rapper YG, and has produced numerous singles for hip hop and R&B artists since his entrance into mainstream music in 2011.

Mustard’s production style has been described as an up-tempo, club oriented, catchy yet rudimentary melodic hip hop style. This style has snowballed into the contemporary production style of West Coast hip hop during the early 2010s, which he calls “ratchet music”.

Almost all of his productions begin or end 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, as well as claps and repetition of the word “hey”. Mustard’s debut album, 10 Summers, was released on August 26, 2014.

Mustard’s production style has been described as an up-tempo, radio-friendly, club oriented, catchy hip hop style to which he calls “ratchet music”.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.Most apparent is his producer signature “Mustard on the beat, ho!” which prefaces the beat drop in many of his songs.

This signature is often strategically placed to span the third and fourth counts of the measure preceding the song’s drop to make it more memorable. On a compositional level, however, Mustard’s motifs also include: an ambient chant of “Hey!” on the off-beats in the background of his music; the emphasized, minimalist bass synth opening to many songs, notably My Nigga, R.I.P., and Rack City;, 808 kicks and the use of crisp hand-claps and snap-snares.

As a result of the recognizably 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. Like many of Mustard’s songs, Fancy includes a minimalist G-funk style synth opening and samples a “Hey” chant.

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