Latin Grammys 2018
DJ Mustard & YG Celebrate Reunion, Present New Labels at 'Allies Dinner' in L.A.
YG and DJ Mustard are toasting to a new chapter in their personal and professional friendship. Following their recent reconciliation after settling a royalties dispute earlier this year, the hip-hop tag-team held a private candlelit "Allies Dinner" party in Los Angeles’ House of Macau on Thursday night (Sept. 15) where they were joined by friends including Nick Cannon, rapper Kamaiayah and singer Sevyn Streeter.
"We started with each other before all the industry s--t," YG told Billboard at the dinner. "We’ve been through a lot of f---ed up s--t the past year and a half so we finally got our s--t right and we back like how we was from day one."
But the event, which featured on-the-spot GIF creators by Giphy and specialty D’ussé cocktails, was also a way for the longtime friends to commemorate a new phase in their careers. "This ‘Allies Dinner’ was about me and YG coming together and bringing our labels together," Mustard added.
In between plates of kung pao chicken and pan fried salmon, Mustard and YG presented their label rosters. Representing Mustard’s 10 Summers imprint was British songstress Ella Mae. "[She’s a] great artist,” Mustard said. “Super talented. Super hungry. Super everything. She’s a superstar.”
Meanwhile, Santa Barbara, California’s Sad Boy and Compton’s Slim 400 repped YG’s 4Hunnid Records at the function. Speaking of Sad Boy, YG said Snoop Dogg once advised him to sign a Hispanic artist given his influence with Latino audiences. Two years later, he found Sad Boy, a Mexican-American MC. "We f--k with Sad Boy heavy," YG said. "He really represents for his people, his culture."
YG and Mustard also announced that L.A.’s RJ is their joint signee. Mustard called him a "superstar" while 4Hunnid Records President Brandon Moore said, "RJ has been able to build his OMMIO brand in the streets." Moore also said that he’s been "a real factor in L.A." Fans looking for more from the 400 signees won't have to go too far. Both RJ and Sad Boy will join Kamaiyah as acts on YG’s F--k Donald Trump Tour, which kicks off Sept. 18 in San Diego.
For Moore, these signings signify a fruitful future for YG and Mustard. "For them to take it to the next level to open up the doors and create platforms for new artists is incredible," he said. "This is just the beginning of a 20, 30-year run."
While making moves in the boardroom, Mustard and YG haven’t forgotten about the studio. The pair recently worked on three bangers for Mustard’s upcoming effort Cold Summer that the producer is excited to share.
""Been a Long Time" is one of the first songs we did in us getting back cool," Mustard said of his collaborations with YG. “‘Want Her’ is just the typical YG that people haven’t heard in a long time. Ratchet meets YG again. He’s been political for a long time so this is his ratchet s--t. The other one is 'Party' and it’s party music with him and Young Thug. It’s all great songs.”
As if that wasn’t enough, the pair is also currently working on a joint project titled 400 Summers, a nod to their two label names. "I don’t know when it’s coming out, but we in the studio and it’s a blessing," said YG. "We be having fun. This shit ain’t work to us. It’s like a dream.” YG also said that fans can expect music that “turnt up." "Everything is slappin’," he added.
As the evening came to a close following a custom cake unveiling, Mustard reflected on the lesson learned from his reconciliation with YG. "Don’t let this music industry or any industry come between friendship," he said. "Just stay focused on your goals. We did and now we’re here."