In one year, DJ Mustard went from practically anonymous to $20,000 a beat. That’s how it goes. All you need is one hit and Mustard’s “Rack City” became Las Vegas’ most significant cultural contribution since Fear and Loathing (or maybe “Leaving Las Vegas:” Sheryl Crow edition.) But at home in Los Angeles, Mustard had earned love for years. First as the mixtape DJ for Y.G., later as the guy who made hood house party classics like “I’m Good.” No, it’s not on here. There is only so much Y.G. one mix can handle.
There’s no secret to this shit. The guy has only been producing for two or three years and when I interviewed him, he basically admitted that there was a formula: same BPM, same snares, same sinister groove. He branded well too — calling it Ratchet Music — giving full attribution to Boosie and Trill for the name. It’s basically if you took jerkin’ and mixed it with “Do the Ratchet.” So it is pretty much perfect party music. As an early start to our year-end features, Son Raw made a mix of the best of the man born Dijon McFarlane. Shea Serrano is the irrepressible culprit behind the cover art. Credit due to Trey Kerby for nomenclatural inspiration.
Download link, tracklist, and twerk videos below the jump.
1. Pink Dollaz – Bad Bitch
2. Tyga ft. Y.G. – Bitch Betta Have my Money
3. Iamsu ft. Kool John – Facetime
4. Problem – TO
5. Kid Ink – Last Time
6. 2 Chainz – I’m Different
7. Freddie Gibbs – Every City
8. TY$ – All Star
9. Souljah Boy – FAN
10. E-40 – Over here
11. TY$ – Weekend
12. Joe Moses – I Do it For the Ratchets
13. Red Cafe – Game Over
14. Tyga – Rack City
15. Meek Mill – I’m Rolling
16. YG – I Like Money
17. Dom Kennedy – When I Come Around
18. TY$ – Overtime