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‘Ghetto Tales’ – Review Of DJ Mustard’s ’10 Summers’

By 08.28.14

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Exactly ten summers from now is August 2024. Whether or not DJ Mustard is a fixture in music by then remains largely up to his own ability to adapt with the times. Fans also still need to give a sh*t–quite the task in a genre as flavor-of-the-moment-heavy as Hip-Hop.

That being said, Mustard’s present-day stamp on the game is beyond evident. In fact, the most accurate moment of the producer’s debut album is ironically the Ty Dolla $ign interlude which features a brief conversation between a couple arguing over the DJ’s hostile radio takeover.

Where depth and introspection are M.I.A., Mustard and his who’s-who of guests create an impromptu party soundtrack with the skippable moments coming few and far between (though “Giuseppe” could’ve been left on the cutting room floor). 10 Summers defiantly kicks off the festivities with the Nipsey Hussle-commanded “Low Low.” From there, it’s more of the same as Mustard and company weave in between hood tales, like “Throw Your Hood Up” with Dom Kennedy, Royce and RJ which is vintage West Coast.

The project’s undeniable highlight, however, comes in the form of “Face Down,” an ode to exactly what it sounds like from heavy hitters Lil Wayne, Big Sean, YG and Lil Boosie. Following a string of post-prison appearances failing to incite excitement, Boosie continues a recent surge of quintessential exhibitions, delivering a slick hook coupled with a verse so descriptive that it’s more than apparent Bad Azz has more than made up for lost time with the opposite sex.

On 10 Summers, DJ Mustard executes two necessary tasks for a project of this ilk. One, he understands his bread and butter and comfortably rides in cruise control in his lane, keeping his presence to a minimum. Mustard allows his beats and the appearances to do the heavy lifting. And two, 10 Summers is only 12 tracks long, with two being interludes.

The album concludes almost as quickly as it begins, not allowing listeners the opportunity to lose interest. Mustard didn’t reinvent the wheel on 10 Summers mainly because there wasn’t a need to. That’s also because he’s too busy making the music you’re partying to anyway–for those out there that who still enjoy doing that sort of thing, of course.

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