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Mustard has been switching up the way many of us enjoy hip hop with his signature style of production and how he’s changing the game with many artists today. Stopping through the Cruz Show, the “Pure Water” creator talks his career, his current health journey as a new vegan, what it’s like being up for a couple Grammy nods, and much more.
While the Los Angeles native has stepped away from much of his beginning production tags and “new artist behavior,” Mustard confesses that his growth in music was necessary for him to endure the success he has today. The super-producer is currently working on his next album which could include appearances from Cali rappers and a possible Latin collab.
Since spearheading full production behind the development and success of break out R&B singer Ella Mai, Mustard praises the vocalist for her achievements but also for allowing him to secure his first Grammy nods.
Speaking on the duo’s success with Mai’s charting singles and debut album, Mustard says:
The compound is just me and Ella right now. I’m super proud of her! I’m championing her. I think that people don’t understand what it takes to like break a artist like that. I’m more proud of her than I am myself, for even breaking into R&B. But, it’s like she just did like two nights, sold out, in London. You know, she’s doing the whole world! She did the Bruno Mars, she’s doing her own tour, she’s about to come back to the states.
The new Grammy nods came as a surprise for the now experienced “Big Bank” music producer who confesses he would have never imagined he’d be in the Grammy running for crafting R&B music for his own artist. Mustard says, “What’s even crazier is that we got two Grammy nominations. I never got nominated for a Grammy. “Boo’d Up” is my highest song to date and her highest song, obviously. Out of all the songs I did, it’s kind of crazy that I got one with my artist, it’s wild.”
Next month Mustard will be hitting the Super Bowl to root on the Los Angeles Rams, and while the controversial topic of his peer Travis Scott performing at the Atlanta based NFL game is still at the top of everyone’s mind, Mustard details his stance on NFL boycotting.
I think if you don’t support the NFL, you shouldn’t watch it either. Or play in it either. I think that where they get money from is you watching it. The halftime show is just the halftime show. You watching the game is you supporting it. You going to the game, you’re supporting it. It’s a thin line. Who am I to make that call.
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