Mustard looks to put the pressure on DJ Khaled with “Perfect 10.”
5. PERFECT TEN
Nipsey Hussle and Mustard were really friends. With that being said, I can’t imagine how Mustard felt after he found out that Nip passed. Luckily for us, the two hip-hop acts were able to link up for a bunch of music in the past, and “Perfect Ten” is one of the most passionate records they have together.
“Perfect Ten” falls in line with what Nipsey Hussle does best: Give us something powerful and heavy on the knowledge side. Throughout, our fallen hero makes sure he straightens up n***as, while also giving game on how to boss up. As usual, I f**k with how Nip drops his bars effortlessly and emotionally. I definitely took notes listening to him speak.
Man, I miss the s**t out of Nipsey.
4. 100 BANDS
- Does “100 Bands” have a club-ready beat that literally makes you want to shake your ass? Yes.
- Does “100 Bands” feature braggadocios bars about everything from making money to smashing chicks? Yes.
- Does “100 Bands” feature a fire ass hook by Quavo? Yes.
What I was impressed with the most was how competitive each rapper was on this track, with 21 Savage putting up a pretty appealing verse, YG actually focusing on delivering clever punchlines, and Meek playing the part of Heartbreak Kid extremely well. On the real, I didn’t expect this joint to have lyrical fire like this!
3. BAGUETTES IN THE FACE
I really enjoyed listening to “Baguettes In The Face.” The track is powered by this bass boomin’ instrumental that has a splash of cultural elements to it. Over this instrumental, Nav delivers a pretty solid performance, rapping relentlessly, melodically and gangsta-ly.
Playboi Carti and A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie are also featured on “Baguettes In The Face.” The former sounds inaudible, squeaky and kiddy, while the latter sounds like a savage n***a who’s trying to practice singing in the shower. Both rappers add very weird contributions to the song.
S**t, I can go for some baguettes in my face, too! Especially the ones you get from Panera Bread.
2. ON GOD
“On GOD” is a sacred banger that features a bunch of swears under oath, gangsta ass sentiments and sly vibes. While A$AP Ferg does his part in hyping the crowd up on the hook, YG, A$AP Rocky and Tyga take the ‘too cool for school approach’ on their verses, sounding unbothered and like n***as that stole all the bad b*tches in high school. As for the beat DJ Mustard was able to deliver on the track, it is riveting, giving off a sound that I can see easily getting burn at a trap opera.
They gave Tyga the last verse and a beat change on this song… The only person they do that for is the late great Notorious B.I.G. Is Tyga considered a legend now?
1. PURE WATER
“Pure Water” is an absolute banger! The beat that powers it is explosive, the contributions you get from each member of the Migos is vintage-sounding (Correct, all three of the members are on this song), and the hook that Quavo is able to lay down is perfect for the clubs. I f**k with the track for sure, especially considering that I haven’t heard all the Migos guys together in a while.
How about the ending to this song? Mustard says, “good night,” and the song ends… That’s what I call keeping s**t simple and straight to the point.
SONG BY SONG BREAKDOWN
1. INTRO (4/5)
2. PURE WATER (4.5/5)
3. ON GOD (4/5)
4. BAGUETTES IN THE FACE (3.5/5)
5. INTERSTATE 10 (3/5)
6. 100 BANDS (4/5)
7. WOAH WOAH (3.5/5)
8. SURFACE (4/5)
9. BALLIN’ (3.5/5)
10. PERFECT TEN (4/5)
I don’t know if you noticed or not, but Mustard removed ‘DJ’ out of his stage name. While the subtle difference may not indicate much to you, it says a lot, to me. What it tells me is that he wants to be known for being more than just a DJ/Producer — he wants full respect other musicians get in the industry. In my opinion, “Perfect Ten” is a great start.
First and foremost, the beats on “Perfect Ten” are damn-there flawless. Initially, I thought Mustard was a one-dimensional producer, but this album proves that he is much more than that. On it, you get dramatic beats, club beats, cinematic beats and R&B beats. I love the quality of each, especially when it comes to the order of where each one is on the album.
I thought Mustard gathered the right individuals for this project, plugging them into places where they can succeed. Additionally, I thought he did a great job of mixing both raw rap and melodic contributions, never over-killing either side.
DJ Khaled has been making compilation albums for quite some time now, but in my opinion, none of them have been as good as Mustard’s last two efforts. This particular effort is really good, especially when it comes to the beats and progressive club bangers.
Quincy is the creator of Ratings Game Music. He loves writing about music, taking long walks on beaches, and spaghetti that fights him back.