23-year-old LA producer DJ Mustard, one of FADER's four Producers to Watch last year, has signed to Roc Nation as a solo artist. As announced in a video for Jay Z's Life + Times, Mustard plans to release a for-pay album under his own name and tour behind it. “What I wanted to do was just put out an album and go tour off of my own album, and have people come see me like they see David Guetta,” he says. “What I’m doing now is just trying to convert over and to just show people that I can do more than just club records…Just growing up and changing the outlook of what people think of me."
The new deal expands the management deal Mustard signed with Roc Nation back in April. (Founded by Jay Z in 2008, Roc Nation functions as a label but also handles artist management, music publishing, touring and merchandising.) Mustard blanketed rap radio this year, with songs like Young Jeezy's "R.I.P.," 2 Chainz' "I'm Different," YG's "My Nigga," Ty Dolla $ign's "Paranoid" and TeeFLii's "This Dick." He released a free mixtape in June, Ketchup. Mustard's solo deal follows producer Mike WiLL Made It's September signing to Interscope.