A Super Producer Reviews The Songs Of The Summer

    Hit-maker DJ Mustard, 24, gives his gut reaction to this summer's hits, from Sam Smith (more, please) to Iggy Azalea (not so much).

    1. DJ Snake & Lil Jon - "Turn Down For What?" (prod. by DJ Snake & Lil Jon)

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    Columbia Records.

    "There's nothing I don't like about this song," Mustard says. "It was a nice crossover for Lil Jon; his voice really makes the song. The saying itself 'Turn down for what' was just really smart."

    2. Magic! - "Rude" (prod. by Adam Messinger)

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    Sony Music.

    "You know what's crazy? I thought this was Miguel when I first heard this guy's voice," says Mustard. "But the song is dope, though, I like the Caribbean vibe. It's crazy that it hit no. 1."

    3. Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX - "Fancy" (prod. by The Invisible Men and The Arcade)

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    Virgin EMI

    *Grunts.* "No comment," says Mustard. In a previous interview with Hot 97, he admitted that he thought the song sounded like one of his.

    4. Sam Smith - "Stay With Me" (prod. by Jimmy Napes and Steve Fitzmaurice)

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    Capitol Records.

    "Sam Smith is Amazing," says Mustard. "I love 'Latch' and to follow that up with a song like this and have them both hit? That's dope. This is one of those songs that I find myself singing all the time. Staaaayyyyy with meeee. The choir on this is my favorite part."

    5. Chris Brown ft. Lil Wayne and French Montana - "Loyal (East Coast version)" (prod. by Nic Nac)

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    RCA Records.

    "I always play this whenever I'm DJing — people love it," Mustard says. "I think Chris has another hit album in him. Even with all the controversy, that never stops the music. He always comes with hits, so I think he'll be good."

    6. Meghan Trainor - "All About That Bass" (prod. by Kevin Kadish)

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    Epic Records.

    "I've never heard this one before," says Mustard. "It's aight, I guess."

    7. Tinashe ft. Schoolboy Q - "2 On" (prod. by DJ Mustard)

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    RCA Records.

    "The best song of the year," says Mustard, laughing, after hearing the first note of his hit for the R&B up-and-comer. "Her label reached out to me and I did that one in one night. I like working with new artists. Anybody can get a hit with a big artist, but for a brand new artist like her to have a song that big is a good thing. I'm happy for her."