DJ Mustard – 10 Summers [Review]
Los Angeles, CA – You’d be in denial if you didn’t think that Summer 2014 belonged to DJ Mustard. The amount of hits behind his belt this season are somewhat of a phenomenon. “Paranoid”, “2 On”, “Don’t Tell ‘Em”, “Show Me”, “Main Chick,” “Who Do Ya Love” – you can’t turn on hip-hop radio or walk into a club without hearing those Mustard-produced beats (and that’s just to name a few).
He kicked off the season with Summer Jam (June 1) and basically wrapped it up, as the house DJ for the MTV VMA’s, on August 24. On top of all the madness – “Mustard on the Beat Hoe”, dropped his highly-anticipated debut album 10 Summers.
Starting with an early-release, exclusive to Google Play, on August 10, 10 Summers was finally available for all to download on August 25. With all eyes on him, the expectations for Mustard were high. This was his chance to shut down his haters and the jabs of him allegedly “biting” the Bay area sound. This was also his chance to give his fans yet another compilation of heavy-hitters, for those Saturday nights in the club (lets face it, we all need that “turn up” music in our lives). Right from the first track “Low Low”, (featuring Nipsey Hussle Tee Cee and RJ) Mustard set the tone and bodied that West Coast bounce. Moving on to “Ghetto Tales” and “Throw Your Hood Up”; you can’t help but be taken back to the glory days of Snoop, Dre, and Too $hort. Strategic or not – those first three tracks alone pay homage to the likes of Doggystyle and The Chronic.
Along with Nipsey – you’ll hear features from the likes of YG, 2 Chainz, Dom Kennedy, Ty Dolla $ign, and Jeezy among others. While Mustard does keep it safe with mainstream artists – he also took a chance and featured artists like Jay 305, RJ, and TeeCee who most likely wouldn’t have a platform at this caliber otherwise.
The whole compilation of 10 Summers snaps, with every beat grooving perfectly into the next. With records like “Down on Me”, it gives this 12-track piece extra replay value. Whether you’re down with DJ Mustard or not – he kept this album consistent and stayed true to his Cali-roots. With the summer season sadly coming to an end, download 10 Summers to make it last just a little bit longer.
Written by Rosa Jason for HipHopCanada