The Dutch producer is one of the top users on music marketplace BeatStars, where he sold the instrumental that became “Old Town Road” to Lil Nas X
“Old Town Road,” 2019’s defining number one hit didn’t arise from a songwriting camp, or the office of a major publishing company, or the mind of a Grammy-winning star. Instead, rapper Lil Nas X and producer YoungKio, two teenagers separated by thousands of miles and the Atlantic Ocean, connected on BeatStars, the world’s leading music marketplace. Atlanta rapper Lil Nas X gets the headlines and the TV appearances, but Amsterdam producer YoungKio, a top-selling artist on BeatStars, is an interesting figure in his own right. Below are some quick-hitting facts about YoungKio and BeatStars:
- “Old Town Road” originated from an instrumental track called “Ninety,” which sampled Nine Inch Nails’ “34 Ghosts IV,” billed as a “Future-type beat” and a “Kodak Black-type beat.”
- Before selling to Lil Nas X for $30, nine other rappers licensed the right to use “Ninety” for one of their songs.
- YoungKio has more than 300,000 total streams on his productions on BeatStars
- Kio has uploaded over 1,000 tracks to BeatStars to date, and is one of the site’s Top 300 sellers of all-time.
- Kio, a resident of Amsterdam, is one of over 1800 producers located in The Netherlands. There are over 325,000 active sellers on the platform out of a total of 1.5 million users.
- Rappers like Future, 6ix9ine, Flipp Dinero, and Joyner Lucas have purchased beats on BeatStars.
Notable beats sourced from BeatStars:
- Lil Nas X & Billy Ray Cyrus – “Old Town Road” (Remix) (prod by YoungKio)
- Future & Rihanna – “Selfish” (prod by Mantra)
- Future – “Fresh Air” (prod by Mantra)
- 6ix9ine – “Kooda” (prod by Koncept P)
- Flipp Dinero – “Leave Me Alone” (prod by Young Forever Beats)
- Queen Naija – “Medicine” (prod by 30Hertz)
- Joyner Lucas – “I’m Not Racist” (prod by The Cratez)
- Youngboy Never Broke Again – “Highway” (produced by The Martianz)
Founded in 2008, BeatStars is the leading global music marketplace connecting over 1.5 million recording artists and music producers, helping them collaborate, network and license beats. Since inception, BeatStars has paid out over $45 million to music producers licensing beats to recording artists on the platform. Founded by Abe Batshon, BeatStars currently has offices in Austin, Texas, Funchal, Portugal and Porto Alegre, Brazil.