DJ Mustard’s muddy afternoon HomeAway set was a chaotic inferno full of EDM hedges, novice mosh pits, and ironic Adele singalongs. He’s a Los Angeles producer and one of rap’s most vital craftsmen. But Saturday at ACL, he basically shared his Vegas bachelor party playlist.
Rocking white headphones and engaging Austin’s rich high school ruling class, he played the EDM game of prioritizing the drop, party, and mass audience. LOUD NOISES and all that.
“We got any hop-hip fans?” was more of a room-reading, hopeful question. The kids did fine with DMX, Jay Z, and “Get Low.” He spun Drake and Future’s “Jumpman” until the part where Drizzy name-checks DJ Mustard. There were bursts of flames onstage.
“This is the part where we sing all the songs that I make,” he said before pivoting into a block of originals.
It was a peaceful anti-hater demonstration full of familiar, modern club classics.
“Can I put you on my Instagram?” he asked at the end.
Overall, however, Mr. Mustard lorded over a generic showing that lacked creative direction and a sense of authorship. And so as a public service, here is a key list of brilliant rap songs that the 26-year-old producer has given us since his 2012 ascent. (That he performed in Zilker Park.)
1) “Who Do You Love?”
2) “I Don’t F*ck With You”
3) “Show Me”
4) “Don’t Tell ‘Em”
5) “Na Na”
6) “I’m Different”
7) “My N*gga”
8) “Whole Lotta Lovin'”
9) “Want Her”