Q&A: DJ Mustard Talks L.A.’s Rachet Sound & Upcoming ‘Mustard On The Beat’ Mixtape

DJ Mustard

While most may not know much about him, it’s likely you’ve heard his name muffled at the beginning of hits like Tyga’s “Rack City,” 2 Chainz’ “I’m Different,” or YG’s “I’m Good”… it’s Muuustard on the beat hoe. DJ Mustard, the man who created a west coast lane for “ratchet music”, talks touring, his sound and upcoming mixtape with BallerStatus.

Fresh off a tour with YG, the beatmaker tells us more about his influences, the “rachet” sound coming out of Los Angeles, and of course, his upcoming mixtape, aptly titled Mustard on the Beat Hoe, is slated to drop late fall.

When most people think of ratchet, they might think Lil Boosie. But you definitely created your own lane, what do you think makes up the “ratchet” sound of L.A.?

I listen to a lot of Boosie, Webbie, Trill Fam — I grew up on that. That’s ratchet from over there, but it’s a difference when you come to LA. They need to stop that gangbangin’ in the club, people just want to have fun and just bring the ratchet out of everybody and just have a good time. That’s how I separate it from down south.

In your opinion, what’s the hottest beat between “I’m Different” and “Rack City”?

I think “I’m Different” is giving “Rack City” a run for its money. I still DJ and I just did an after party in the Bay Area, and saw the same reaction for “I’m Different.” It’s like “Rack City” all over again.

When does the new mixtape, Mustard on the Beat Hoe, come out?

I don’t want to give a datem but it’s 75% done. I don’t want to rush it. I want to give the people what they want. Tyga, YG, Jeezy are on the tape. I have one of my artists from Seattle on it. He’s on the intro … it’s going to be a couple surprises, but I don’t want to give that away.

What were you listening to prior to the ratchet movement came about?

I was listening to a lot of Lil Boosie, Drake. As a DJ, I listen to everything, all the music that was out and a lot of underground.

How do you know a beat is complete?

I’m not the type to put all those musical sounds. My beat may be like five sounds. When I feel like it’s done, it’s done.

If you can sample any song, which would that be?

I don’t like to sample. I would not even want to sample. But I wish I could bring [Tupac] back and do a verse with him.

Who would you like to hear on one of your beats? Old and new school?

Old School, I want to hear Suga Free and DJ Quik. I had a chance to work with DJ Quik a few months ago and he was willing to do it. I’m trying to bring that reunion back. New School, I’ll have to say Drake, [Lil] Wayne, Nicki [Minaj].

What’s your favorite beat you made thus far?

I would have to be “I’m Good” by YG and “Bitches Ain’t Sh**” by YG. Both are my favorite, those are the two that got me started.

What are you listening to right now?

Big Sean, Chief Keef, YG, Wayne…

I read you actually prefer R&B over rap, can we expect any slow jams on the album?

I would rather do R&B music over rap music. I do a lot of rap beats, because it comes easy to me, but I do listen to a lot of R&B. I like bringing stuff back, like the “Bitches Ain’t Sh**” track. If I had a piano or knew someone who really knows how to play the piano and flip it, I can create anything.

What makes your beats different?

I just created my own sound. I mean, it’s a whole L.A. sound.

Anything you want to say to your fans?

I’m a family man and I’m about my money. Also look out for my mixtape. It will definitely be out late fall.

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