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 his own multimedia company, Balancing Act Music & Media (BAMM!) LLC. Initially concentrating on R&B songwriting and production, he fuses his melodic roots with traditional hip hop approaches. His lyrical influences 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 producing for artists since 2003, crafting tracks for K-MOB (including solo projects 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 is the most popular song on his SoundCloud page) for Remix Kingz Music Group in 2008.
As a 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). He has also been featured on tracks 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 Cypher Crew assembled by Re'Gideon Peoplez.
Throwback released his debut single, “Proof of ID” featuring fellow "Brothers Of Sound" HËS & BRIXX, in 2017. He released his debut instrumental album, I Kinda Miss Southeast (2018), as well as its sequel, I Kinda Miss Southeast 2 (2019). Notably, the instrumental series inspired DMV hip hop artist Teddy Fatz to create a movie of the same name as well as the lead single for the soundtrack, "Super Duper Slick" by DMV hip hop artist Lady Cee (also featured on her latest album, Miss Merry Jane Chapter 420). In 2022, he released his debut EP series, The Late Bloomer andThe Late Bloomer 2, and launched The Maximum Sentence---a web series peeling back the layers of his lyrics.
After making his foray back into radio by deejaying for and co-hosting 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. He's also a regular guest 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.
Since August 2021, he has been 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., which stands for Balancing Act Trinkets & Clothing House.
Management & Booking
A.J. Throwback (Self-Managed)
Balancing Act Music & Media LLC