What do you do when you’ve proven time and time again your ability to churn out hit records?
DJ Mustard doesn’t need the money anymore. He’s proven he can top the charts, he’s proven that he can craft acclaimed albums. This year he’s even broken into the world of EDM with his Travi$ Scott assisted single ‘Whole Lotta Lovin’. Now, after spending Summer Sixteen touring with Rihanna, spreading his brand worldwide and making up with YG after a public feud, he’s taking it back to the music.
While everyone was looking the other way, Mustard has unleashed his Cold Summer album. He’s made tracks with Young Thug, Nicki Minaj, Rick Ross, John Legend, Jeremih, Meek Mill and Nipsey Hussle that aren’t just designed to get the party moving and reach the top of the charts. He’s showing off his versatility with a spectrum of sounds and feelings.
And aside from that he’s been hard at work on his 10 Summers imprint, on which his first artist – London’s own Ella Mai – has just released her second EP.
DJ Mustard continues to grow, explore and navigate the road to more success. Another Summer is complete.
How are you feeling so far about the reception to Cold Summer?
It’s doing just what I wanted it to do. I didn’t expect no crazy outrage, but I knew my immediate fans wanted to hear from me. It worked in that aspect, so it’s cool.
One of the highlights was hearing you back with YG and Ty Dolla $ign on the opening track. Why did you decide to kick off the album with ‘Been a Long Time’?
That was YG’s idea to start the album with that. That wasn’t even on the album at first, it was just an idea that he had. It was a song that we had laying around and he was like, “You should use that for the intro.” I was like, “All right, cool.” It happened to fall into place at the time.
And then another song that really stood out was right at the other end of the album. Finishing up with ‘Another Summer’ featuring Rick Ross, John Legend and James Fauntleroy shows a completely different side. How was it pulling that one together?
That one was always a thought, but I didn’t think it would actually come together like that. I went Ross’ house in Miami, he did it for me, and John Legend was just there. So it was just a idea, I didn’t think was gonna actually happen and he ended up doing it. It ended up coming together how it was supposed to.
Why did you think it was important for you to jump on that one and speak to the fans directly?
I think somebody on my team told me to do it. I wanted to get somebody else on the song, but at that time I couldn’t think of nobody else. They was just like, “You should just talk. Because you haven’t been doing any interviews, you haven’t been in the spotlight like that. You should just talk about all the shit you went through in 2016 so people know what’s been going on in your life.” And I just talked.
During that monologue you talk about growing into the person you wanted to be. What do you consciously do in order to move closer to becoming that person?
I just think a little differently. I don’t think there’s so much of a thought process in growing. I’m thinking about trying to do good, I’m just being better. I’m just growing up and growing older by the day. I not reacting off of feelings like I used to. Just being a better person overall.