The Story of an Original "Classic Man"...
A.J. Throwback (née Joseph Lawrence Goings) is a music producer, hip hop recording artist, songwriter, radio personality, content creator and music experience facilitator originally from Washington, D.C., currently residing in Silver Spring, Maryland. He is the founder & CEO of Balancing Act Music & Media (BAMM!) LLC, an independent multimedia company. Initially concentrating on R&B songwriting and production, he fuses his melodic roots with traditional hip hop approaches. His influences as a recording artist include Jay-Z, The Notorious B.I.G., Nas and Common and his production influences include Gamble & Huff, Just Blaze, RZA, 9th Wonder and The Neptunes.
Throwback has been professionally producing since 2003, crafting tracks for K-MOB (including solo releases for Klutch Da Rapper), Princess of Controversy, Ransom Rellic, Naim Brixx, Livefreerize, DH MVJOR, Lady Cee, Debo Wayne and Mic Mountain. Among his most notable work, he remixed Lil' Wayne's "Lollipop" and Teyana Taylor's "Google Me" (which has remained the most popular song on his SoundCloud page for nearly ten years) for Remix Kingz Music Group in 2008. He released his debut instrumental album, I Kinda Miss Southeast (2018), as well as its sequel, I Kinda Miss Southeast 2 (2019).
As a primary recording artist, A.J. independently released his first two mixtapes: Legend of the Fall (2009) and The 8-Track Bandit (2010). While promoting The 8-Track Bandit, his music was featured on DCMumboSauce.com (hosted by DJ Heat) and ForTheDMVOnly.com (hosted by Judah). Throwback released his debut single, “Proof of ID” featuring fellow "Brothers Of Sound" HËS & BRIXX, in 2017. In 2022, he released his long-awaited debut EP series, The Late Bloomer andThe Late Bloomer 2, and launched The Maximum Sentence---a web series digging deeper into the lyrics of his songs as well as the verses from featured artists. In 2023, he has been nominated twice in the "Best Hip Hop Song" category for "Jason's Lyric" and "Hustle & Motivate" (with DJ Shane) in the 35th Annual Wammie Awards. He released the final two singles in The Late Bloomer series: "Temple Thrills" (feat. Michael Jahlil) [b/w "Molly Webb-Walker"] and "The Mistress" (feat. scratches by Gladiator). As a featured artist, he has collaborated with K-MOB, Klutch Da Rapper, Gladiator, Ransom Rellic, Prodigal, Sly Dee, BRIXX, Kavah King, Zone Out, Pyro the Lyricist, Shan Major, Rated R the Mac, Folkz, HËS (fka PATH P), Tabou TMF, DJ Nate Geezie, DJ Shane and the R2BB Cypha Crew assembled by Re'Gideon Peoplez.
After making his foray back into radio on Breakout Kings Radio with Coach Taylor, Ransom Rellic and Gangsta B (2017 - 2018), A.J. created, produced, co-hosted & deejayed for The Balancing Act Radio Show (BARS) with Ramsey Brown (2018 - 2021). The show blended talk about music and entertainment, politics and social issues, relationships, entrepreneurship, sports, etc., with music from the best urban contemporary indie artists from the DMV and beyond. A.J. and Ramsey also expanded the BARS brand to several web series including the BARS On the Road extended profile series (2019-2021), the BARS: The Breakdown review series (2019 - 2021) and The Independence Avenue Drive at Five mix show series (2021). After ending the platform, BARS was nominated for "Best Radio Show/Podcast of the Year" in the 2022 Southern Entertainment Awards (SEA).
He is the co-host of Turntable Thursdays (2022 - present) along with show creator/co-host DJ Shane and fellow Fresh Tribe member Ryan Lucas every Thursday from 7 to 10 p.m. EST on The Underground Lab Radio (who has also been nominated in the "Music Media Award" category in the 35th Annual Wammie Awards). He's a regular judge on Friday Night Fights (2021 - present), a music matchup series hosted by DJ Shane, J. Jorae and Radio Rick which airs every other Friday at 7:30 p.m. also on The Underground Lab Radio. Along with R2BB Cypha Crew organizer & producer Re'Gideon Peoplez, he co-hosts The Return 2 Black Broadway Podcast--a platform centered around unifying the "DMV" region (D.C., Maryland & Virginia) and celebrating its culture rooted and grounded in the spirit of Northwest D.C.'s historic U Street corridor--Tuesdays at 9:30 p.m. EST on the Return 2 Black Broadway YouTube channel. He also hosts #FlowersFriday, a weekly series built to celebrate people and how they positively influence our lives, which airs Fridays at 12 p.m. EST via Instagram Live on his page.
Other notable accomplishments include his role in 2021 as the official DJ for The New Royal Family, a community service and homeless outreach organization based in the DMV. In March 2022, he was named Music Director for WINDCRadio and also opened his online clothing & merchandise store called batch. (Balancing Act Trinkets & Clothing House).
Management & Booking
A.J. Throwback (Self-Managed)
Balancing Act Music & Media LLC