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.

Blessed – Buju Banton

30 June 2020

Is there a more universal genre of music than reggae and dancehall? There’s a reason Bob Marley is the first international superstar from a so-called “Third World” country…

Free – Teenear

22 June 2020

A worthy entry in the “R&B as empowerment anthems” genre

Do What You Like – Phenomenal Handclap Band

9 June 2020

While the country seems stuck in the 70’s with our backwards race relations and anti-fascist power struggles, might as well jam to some Space Disco…

Find A Way – Duckwrth feat. Alex Mali & Radio Ahlee

1 June 2020

Chance The Rapper and Ariana Grande if they were transported to 1984, over an synth-pop track

Paradise – Tha Third I

12 May 2020

Music is art. Art is subjective. Some art is considered indisputably great, with critical and commercial acclaim….

TakeCareSoul!!!! – 9th Wonder

5 May 2020

We are currently living in the #QuarantineEra, where creatives are forced out of their comfort zones to stay productive, happy, and paid. There have been some moves that have catapulted artists into hero status, credited for saving us during these isolated times…

In Search of Balance – Reginald Omas Mamode IV

28 April 2020

Stay-at-home orders excuse us to do things we would otherwise do in selfish embarrassment in a free-range world…

Dancing in the Rain – Blu & Exile

21 April 2020

Everyone has their comfort food. In times like these, we may be overindulging on it. Molasses cookies. Mexican food. Those are my go-to’s when I need my food to hug me. The same can be said with music…

BOSS – The Carters

6 April 2020

In these uncertain, unprecedented, and unfathomable times, it’s always good to be surrounded by the familiar…

Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be) – Sly & The Family Stone

31 March 2020

If you know the phrase Que Sera, Sera, it’s likely you heard it sung in “The Man Who Knew Too Much”, the 1956 classic from my all-time favorite film director, Alfred Hitchcock…