Minutes before his performance during Brisk Bodega’s SXSW showcase (March 13), DJ Mustard detailed the influence Aphiliates-founder, DJ Drama had on his career.

“I used to want to be like DJ Drama a lot,” Mustard said in an exclusive conversation with HipHopDX. He continued:

“That’s who I looked up to: Drama. I still look up to Drama, but Drama was like God. All I wanted to do was be a mixtape deejay. Drama’s bigger than a mixtape DJ now, but when I was coming up that was the dude. [He’s] the best mixtape deejay. I don’t think no other mixtape deejay is messing with Drama. I used to [wonder] what was gonna be my Gangster Grillz. Drama didn’t play. If you got a Gangster Grillz mixtape, you were official. I might do a Gangster Grillz Ketchup mixtape.”