Ben Young

Ben Young lives a life of polarity. He has split his life between the coasts: half his life on the West (California) and half on the East (Georgia and Virginia). He has pursued careers in the art world (film school graduate) and the corporate world (executive with Fortune 500 companies). And he is Biracial, the personification of being two things at once. Ben’s musical influences were formed by music loving parents, raised in a world of John Coltrane and John Lennon, James Taylor and James Ingram, Huey Lewis and the News and Prince and the Revolution. Saxophones, electric guitars, synthesizers, and breakbeats filled the air Ben breathed from birth. And being born one year after the birth of Hip Hop, Ben has been joined at the hip with the genre his entire life.

What the Funk is This?

13 July 2022

Funk me? Funk you! And Rock you: Classic and New School. EDM you, Hip Hop you, and finally, Afrobeat you! Featuring artists like: Con Funk Shun, Mofak,Norman Greenbaum, The Black Keys, Jimi Hendrix, Kanye West, Peter Gabriel, Silvastone

Made by Ruth Langmore

30 June 2022

If you want to stop me, you’re gonna have to F***ING KILL ME!, featuring artists like: Nas, Wu-Tang Clan, Rage Against the Machine, Beastie Boys, Run The Jewels

Tick Tock

9 June 2022

Musicto V the Algorithm, featuring artists like: Aldous Harding • Blur • Faye Webster • Little May • Orla Gartland • Mazzy Star • Holy Hive

When The Live Track Is Better

8 April 2022

The record’s great but the live performance on YouTube is even better, featuring artists like: AC/DC, Lawrence, Desert Sessions, Staind, Paolo Nutini, Tamia, Garbage, Kanye West, Mac Miller, Erykah Badu, Charlotte Church,

Take a Break: The Greatest Interludes in Hip Hop History

4 April 2022

Are you ready to ride the wave of life? Jump in – featuring artists like Kendrick Lamar, Jay-Z, Vince Staples, Outkast, Drake, J Cole, Kanye West, The Weeknd

4×4

13 December 2021

Fast and aggressive, exactly what you wanted – featuring artists like Strapping Young Lad • Descendents • Architects • The Bronx • FEVER 333 • GHOSTKID • Loathe • The Virus

Song in 60 Seconds

24 September 2021

A MusicTo collaborative playlist of songs in and around one minute – featuring artists like The Clash • Bad Religion • M.I.A • Cru • Opeth • Pratley • BA Johnson • The Linda Lindas • Ramones

French Girl Nigerian Boy

22 September 2021

Do you want to get lost in a moment? – featuring artists like Lovage • WizKid • Burna Boy • DaVido • Sudan Archives • Juniore • The Avener • Sudan Archives

The French girl releases her legs from the Nigerian boy’s hips. The hem of her black mini-skirt slides down her thighs as her suede ankle boots graze the floor of the passenger train’s toilet. He tosses the condom into the metal bin and pulls up his zipper. Breathless, eyes glossy and sparkling, they embrace. He rests his forehead against hers. She smiles.

Stay — Where to Start With Jodeci • a playlist by musicto

2 September 2021

Every artist starts making music because they hear someone’s music that they enjoy, to the point they want to make it themselves. Jodeci was that group for me. Since the first time I saw them on TV as a child, I knew they were the coolest. The first member that I became enamored with was Devante Swing, A tall light-skinned pretty boy, with a high top fade, and dark sunglasses that gave him an edge that stood out to me as a youth. I would later come to find out that he wrote and produced every Jodeci record, until their sophomore album, Diary of A Mad Band. 

Hootie Hoo

2 September 2021

Retirement was invented to allow people, who were once but no longer good at something, to stop doing that thing they are no longer good at. That creation bore an offspring named Early Retirement, where they may still be good, but there’s someone better, cheaper, and/or fresher to take over.