"It took me approximately 30 minutes to make that beat": DJ Mustard on producing Kendrick Lamar's chart-topping Drake diss track Not Like Us

DJ Mustard Shares 5 Things You Didn’t Know About Kendrick’s “Not Like Us” | Billboard - YouTube DJ Mustard Shares 5 Things You Didn’t Know About Kendrick’s “Not Like Us” | Billboard - YouTube
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Many of us spend days or weeks tirelessly working on our music, devoting hour after hour into painstakingly refining the details of each song. Sometimes, though, the most impactful ideas can come together in very little time at all

This was seemingly the case for hip-hop producer DJ Mustard, who has revealed in an interview with Billboard that he made the beat for Kendrick Lamar's chart-topping Drake diss track Not Like Us in "approximately 30 minutes".

Released in May, Not Like Us was the final blow in Kendrick Lamar's feud with Drake, the fifth instalment in a series of takedowns that many believe ended with Lamar coming out victorious. The track was a huge commercial success, landing at No 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and breaking the record for the most Spotify streams in a single day for a rap song in the platform's history.

Elsewhere in the interview, Mustard gives fans a number of insights into the making of the track, name-checking Dr. Dre as a conscious influence. "When I was making it, in the back of my head it was 'what would Dr. Dre do if Lil Jon was in the studio and they were collaborating on a beat'? That was my thought process," he says.

Mustard also refutes speculation that he used a sample from Nas' 2001 track Ether, another diss track aimed at Jay-Z, and reveals that he didn't hear the finished song until it dropped online. "I heard the song when everybody else heard it," Mustard says. "I never heard it before - I was never in the studio with them". 

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Matt Mullen
Tech Editor

I'm the Tech Editor for MusicRadar, working across everything from artist interviews to product news to tech tutorials. I love electronic music and I'm endlessly fascinated by the tools we use to make it. When I'm not behind my laptop keyboard, you'll find me behind a MIDI keyboard, carefully crafting the beginnings of another project that I'll ultimately abandon to the creative graveyard that is my overstuffed hard drive.

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