Happy Birthday, DJ Mustard!
The summer is here and the changing season into the warm weather months brings to mind a producer who ruled June through August just one year ago. His name is Dijon Isaiah McFarlane, professionally known as DJ Mustard. The turn-up architect from Los Angeles turns 25 years old today (June 5).
DJ Mustard officially blew up last year, but that wasn't the first time his production broke speakers and clubs across the nation. His most famous song before then was Tyga's "Rack City," an ode to ratchetness and money that was bolstered by that grimey synth. The single dropped during winter 2011 and was on constant repeat through the spring of 2012.
His rise to 2014 prominence also started the prior fall. He produced a little track called "Paranoid" -- Ty Dolla $ign's catchy, career-making song focused on one of every players' worst fear.
The consequent streak added flavor to a dry year in hip-hop. There was YG's My Krazy Life, an album notable for its acclaim and being produced almost entirely by DJ Mustard; Tinashe's "2 On," her breakthrough hit; Kid Ink's club mainstay "Show Me"; and Trey Songz's flagrantly sexual "Na Na."
Summers end, but DJ Mustard is still one of the top mainstream hip-hop producers. You can even argue that he saved Big Sean's career. The G.O.O.D. Music rhymer officially bounced back from the disappointing Hall of Fame with the joyfully narcissistic "I Don't F--- With You," which was produced by DJ Mustard, Kanye West and Key Wane.
"IDFWY" is DJ Mustard's last hit that was truly powered by his production. "Post To Be," also produced by him, is still high on the charts, but it was Jhene Aiko's "groceries" line that made the song. This isn't to say DJ Mustard is flaming out. He's only 25. Plus, the summer is still young.
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