DJ Mustard has added another layer to his budding relationship with Roc Nation. The West Coast producer is officially an artist on Jay Z's imprint, joining a roster that includes J. Cole, Bridgette Kelly, Jay Electronica and more.
After signing a management contract with The Roc earlier in the year, this new step is "a blessing" the producer tells BET.com. "I can't complain, I'm enjoying it."
Now that he has a record deal, a studio release is in the works, but it's not next on the agenda. Instead, Mustard says he's started work on a "couple of songs" for the second installment of his Ketchup mixtape series, due out at the top of the year. "I can do whatever I want basically," he explains. "It's not like they [Roc Nation] have super control. They just letting me get a feel for what I'm doing and stuff like that."
Aside from personal music projects, the 23-year-old West Coaster — known for his signature "ratchet" sound — switched it up sonically for a collaboration with Jay and Barneys New York. Mustard put together all of the music for the "A New York Holiday" display, curated by his new label boss.
"It's nothing like you've ever heard before," he assures. "I got one of the producers I deal with a lot to come in and play like the piano, and I did all the drums, I just tried to [pair] the music with [what's on] the screen. It's like a virtual screen inside the store, so you'll see Brooklyn....and subways, and I kinda just tried to paint the picture."
The future will bring similar collaborations, Mustard hopes. "I plan on doing it all. I wanna score movies…there's nothing that I don't wanna do," he says, adding, "But right now, I'm real focused on the music side."
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