DJ Mustard

DJ Mustard has become the go-to producer in recent years for beats, but he wasn’t always the biggest DJ in the game. Before we heard his signature “Mustard on the beat hoe,” DJ Drama was running the game.

Before his performance at Brisk Bodega’s SXSW showcase last week, the Los Angeles producer spoke to HipHopDX about the influence DJ Drama had on him from the beginning.

“I used to want to be like DJ Drama a lot,” Mustard explained. “That’s who I looked up to: Drama. I still look up to Drama, but Drama was like God. All I wanted to do was be a mixtape deejay. Drama’s bigger than a mixtape DJ now, but when I was coming up that was the dude. [He’s] the best mixtape deejay. I don’t think no other mixtape deejay is messing with Drama.

“I used to [wonder] what was gonna be my Gangsta Grillz. Drama didn’t play. If you got a Gangsta Grillz mixtape, you were official. I might do a Gangsta Grillz: Ketchup mixtape.”