Profile: Jayson Scott Musson (1977-)

Jayson Scott Musson is an artist who lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. He was born in Bronx, NY.


Early life

In an interview in Nat. Brut magazine, Musson said that he grew up in Spring Valley, New York, about 25 minutes from New York City.

He stated that he was “pretty much a very quiet kid” who “didn’t care too much for athletics or whatever, just drawing.”


Musson earned a BFA in photography from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In 2011, he completed an MFA in painting from the University of Pennsylvania.


Musson is an original member of the Philadelphian rap group Plastic Little, formed during the summer of 2001. Along with Plastic Little, Musson performed with British producer Mark Ronson as well as collaborated with a number of notable Philadelphian acts including Spank Rock and Amanda Blank.

Video Performance

In 2010, Musson created the character of Hennessy Youngman, which subsequently became an Internet phenomenon through the popularity of the “Art Thoughtz” video series. Musson publicly divides his persona with the character’s by referring to Youngman as his “cousin.” Musson’s “ART THOUGHTZ” series is distributed internationally by Electronic Arts Intermix.

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