Most artists strive to score the song of the summer, but this year DJ Mustard had the whole damn sound. Everywhere you turned, Mustard was on the beat, dominating radio waves with his signature variety of minimalist west coast bangers. Everyone from Miley Cyrus to 2 Chainz, from Iggy Azalea to Drake jumped on a Mustard track, and just about every one was a certified hit. What the Neptunes had in 2004, DJ Mustard has here and now: a ubiquitous sound, and his finger firmly on the music pulse.
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