“Mustard on the beat hoe!” Hearing this phrase is a sure indicator that the song that started playing is going to be a banger. The West Coast DJ, producer, and label owner — whose real name is Dijon McFarlane — has been the mastermind behind some of the biggest hits to grace the rap and R&B game recently such as “My N*gga” by YG, “I Don’t Fuck With You” by Big Sean, “Don’t Tell Em” by Jeremih and YG, “I’m Different” by 2 Chainz, “Needed Me” by Rihanna — the list goes on.
Mustard unleashed his critically acclaimed album Perfect Ten earlier this summer, which hails standout singles “Pure Water” with Migos, “Ballin’” with Roddy Ricch, and even a posthumous feature from his good friend, the late Nipsey Hussle. The 10-track project serves as his third studio album, and shows a much younger Mustard on the cover.
And all the while, he’s developing his artist Ella Mai, the UK singer who took home the award for Best R&B Song at the 61st Grammys with “Boo’d Up.” Beyond the accolades, Mustard keeps his family first, often bringing his oldest son Kiyan out to his shows, and even onstage to hang with the big dawgs.
On Aug. 13, the hitmaker threw an explosive Summers Fest at The Novo in Los Angeles and sold out the venue. He even hosted a contest to his two million followers on Instagram to giving away $10,000 to one lucky winner, who was able to guess all seven artists he was bringing to the stage. The special guests ended up being A$AP Ferg, Roddy Ricch, Ella Mai, YG, 2 Chainz, Big Sean, and Migos — along with Los Angeles’s own RJ and Joe Moses.
REVOLT TV caught up with Mustard after the show to talk about the eventful evening, early convos with YG, and his last studio session with the late Nipsey Hussle. Check out the discussion below!
The first Summers Fest was a success. How do you feel about selling The Novo out?
It was amazing, man. It was everything I expected.
The stage production with the massive ‘10’ sign in the background and you were deejaying in the middle — insane!
Mike man, that n*gga came up with that shit. He’s a creative director for M99Studios. I called Meko (his manager), they’re like, ‘Man, we have to do a show. Let’s just do the Shrine.’ I didn’t do it. We were talking about doing a show here (The Novo) first, and I was like, ‘We can do Shrine, let’s sell out the Shrine.’ So, Mike created that stage for the Shrine. When I got bumped back down to this, I said, ‘You know what? Let’s just do this because I want it to be more intimate.’ I wanted to sell it out and make sure it was a successful first year. He asked, ‘Do you want to scale down on production?’ I’m like, ‘No, I want to make it as big as possible. I want to break the record for the biggest shit.’ It turned out great.
Did anyone figure out the seven surprise guests you were bringing?
Everybody got really close. Ty [Dolla $ign] was supposed to come out, but he didn’t. So, a lot of people got knocked off for that. A lot of people got knocked off because Tyga had shows overseas. So, he couldn’t come either. I think one person actually got it right.
What made you say $10,000? That’s a lot of money.
[My debut album was] 10 Summers. Everything is 10! I’m not going to give them $10.