DJ Mustard speaks on his recent altercation with Mistah F.A.B., an upcoming collaboration with Lil Boosie, and more.
DJ Mustard made headlines last week when video of a scuffle between Mistah F.A.B.'s crew and his own hit the web. The tension between the posses was rooted in F.A.B.'s belief that Mustard had not properly credited the Bay Area with informing his sound. In a new interview with HipHopDX, the DJ explained exactly what happened that night, as well as speaking on the direct influence of Lil Jon on his sound, and working with Lil Boosie (the man who popularized the term "ratchet", which Mustard and YG have coined as the name of their style.)
Read some excerpts from the interview below.
On the Mistah F.A.B. scuffle:
The internet can make it whatever they want to make into. LA to the Bayâitâs not like that. I have some real friends in the Bay Area. I got some family in the Bay Area. It was never that. He felt how he felt, I guess. He swung. I guess he didnât know that all those people were with me. I only run with one security guard. So, it wasnât the security. Everybody keeps saying it was the security, but you know, thatâs how it goes sometimes. I done got into millions of fights. That was just one of the fights that people have seen because of who I am. When people's careers go down, theyâll do anything to get back up. You've gotta expect stuff like that and you've gotta tighten up your security and make sure nobody can get to you like that.â
On his disinterest in fighting:
What I look like fighting? Iâve a million-plus dollars. Iâm a millionaire now so I ainât really worried about fighting. I donât wanna fight niggas when I see them. I ainât tryna fight. I got a hundred niggas for that. Thatâs not what that was for. I didnât come to the Bay to start nothing. I ainât gonna start a fight or do nothing like that. Thatâs not what itâs about. Itâs about getting your money, feeding your family. If you wanna holler like men, we can holler like men after that.Â
On learning about the Bay Area sound:
I met with my boy Dame, he works down there. He played me this beat. I never got why they were saying that. Why do they keep saying I sound like [The Bay]? He played me a song calledÂ âDope Fiend BeatâÂ byÂ Too $hortÂ and I was like, âOh. OK.â And Lil Jon got his style from that. Iâm like, âI get it. I get what you mean, but at the same time it was like, thatâs why I really push the Lil Jon thing, because I always listened to Lil Jon. That was my era. I was born in the 1990s. [Mistah F.A.B.] canât blame me for not knowing where the Lil Jon sound came from.âÂ
On working with Boosie:
Me and Boosie got some stuff going on. We already talked on the phone, so us hanging out was just to do some more music. Heâs cool. Heâs like a regular dude from the streets just like me and YG from the streets. We used to listen to him a lot. Thatâs where the Ratchet thing came from. It was real dope.Â
On YG getting recognition:
Iâm just happy that everybodyâs giving [YG] the credit that heâs always deserved because a lot of people was doing the same type of music he was doing and he wasnât getting credit for it. Iâm just happy heâs on top and heâs doing what heâs supposed to do and what we always thought we was gonna do, really.