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Episode 29: Tell Your Friend Veronica It's the Season 1 Finale!

We cover a lot of albums we said we would cover*, Snoop Dogg shows love to his extended family, J is deemed most "adventurous" and listens to songs from "1966," and M stans Adam Sandler no she does not but it's in the episode summary so it's too late now. Featuring Hayley Kiyoko, SZA, onlytom, Earl Sweatshirt, adam&steve, Cautious Clay, lil aaron. See the show notes or go to for the companion playlists! *and they are all pretty heavy - The 1975 covers...


Episode 28: Despacito As Well

In this episode, we tactfully procrastinate on many many albums, Black Thought rhymes everything with everything, M recaps Meek Mill’s journey to Championships, Elvis Crespo follows up on whether he was besado suavemente, and J fangirls over Cashmere Cat. Also featuring John Mayer, Alessia Cara, JID, Winnetka Bowling League & RAC, Big K.R.I.T, KEY, Maite Hontelé, umru. See the show notes or go to for the companion playlists!


Episode 27: When I'm In The Dark, Can't See

In this LA-based pre-Thanksgiving episode, Anderson .Paak makes a wonderful album about the Oxnard Strawberry Festival, 88GLAM’s doors are butterflutted, M rants about Thanksgiving #classic, J shouts out a variety of trans artists and rants about performative allyship #alsoclassic, and Hannah Diamond reports that her album Reflections is coming soon #alsoalsoclassic (we still love u tho). Featuring VanJess, Left At London, Mariah Carey, Tyler The Creator, Leikeli47, Girlpool, Fresh Hex, LIZ....


Episode 26: Rebranding As A Podcast About Only Old SoundCloud Vibes

We've finally done it, we're starting over anew as a podcast that talks about only African diasporic music and 2013-2016 SoundCloud. You're welcome. Other things that happen: Daylight Savings Time ends and makes us all (nope, just M) really emo, 21 Savage whispers sweet nothings directly into our ears, J mixes up Riff Raff and Vanilla Ice but like don't we all sometimes, and M mispronounces "Lagos." It's LAY-gos people. Learn from our mistakes. Featuring Tunji Ige, Radiohead, King Princess,...


Episode 25: The Chill-Hype Dichotomy

We start the par-dee with ~spo0oky~ Halloween vibes, J is somehow too young for Boy Meets World references but old enough for Space Jam references, Cardi B makes a delicious omelette, M wants Alex Aiono’s wardrobe, and we relive the Mashup Era (™). Also we're off next week :)! Featuring Madeon & Mark Foster, MIA & Robokid & Alt-OK, GAWVI, KWAYE, NAO (hitting that all-caps game harder than ever), Smino, Onlytom, Louis The Child, Joji, Promnite. See the show notes or go to...


Episode 24: Nuts Like Some Cashews

Lil Yachty is a Virgo to the Nth degree, M has a That's So Raven Moment (not to be confused with a Raven-Symone moment), Juice WRLD & Future almonst spend their money on Snickers, and Tennyson remixes The Lion King's I Just Can't Wait To Be King. Alternate episode title: "Cold, Slimy" per J's request. Featuring Swindail, Naji, Sachi, Cherokee & Gibbz, Open Mike Eagle, Empress Of, MØ, BKBeats, Novo Amor, Khalid. See the show notes or go to for the companion...


Episode 23: We Actually End In A Reasonable Amount Of Time

In this concise, digestible episode, J shows off their SAT vocab skills, M breaks the fundamental format of the podcast, J Balvin has his memory wiped, and Lloyd (yes, that Lloyd) yodels. Featuring Wave Racer, DZZ, Harrison, Ella Mai, Bad Bunny & Drake, Lando Chill, Hi Tom. See the show notes or go to for the companion playlists!


Episode 22: This One's Gonna Be A Genuine Thrillah

On this episode, the Mo Bamba producers get 5's on the AP Music Theory exam, Logic and Lil Wayne emerge from the oven, J gets ready for Halloween, Jaden Smith feels like he's Goku, and M contributes a weird amount of teen pop #90skidsremember #90-90-9. CARE WARNING (during Lil Wayne): guns, self harm, depression. Starts at 49:20, ends at 54:14. Featuring QUITAPENAS, Guy Akimoto, Griffin McElroy, Kelela, Ghostface Killah, Jack & Jack, Kim Petras, Tofubeats, Kero Kero Bonito, boy pablo. See...


Episode 21: We're So 3000 And Late

M & J fulfill their promise to see Smallfoot on opening weekend (happy birthday, J!), a new policy on albums is implemented, M lauds Lil Wayne while conveniently forgetting his ill-conceived rock album, The Knocks release an album that is so 3008, and J’s deep cut Soundcloud skills come to the forefront of Duke Dumont’s new single. Featuring Ryan Playground, Nezi Momodu, RALPH, Riton & Kah-Lo, Mark Redito, Common as Stonekeeper. See the show notes or go to


Episode 20: This Is The Drivel You Love

In this episode, Zendaya Is Meechee and Lebron James is Gwangi. That's really all you need to know. But also, BROCKHAMPTON and Ryan Hemsworth release albums, Lupe Fiasco releases a rapped-through work of afrofuturism, and the dream team (Gallant, Sufjan, and Rebecca Sugar, obviously) come through for a new single. Featuring Starrah, Charli XCX, Japanese Wallpaper, Nao, Gabriel Gundacker (the genius behind Zendaya as Meechee). See the show notes or go to for...


Episode 19: Albumgeddon III: Stay With Me San Francisco

In this episode, we cannot stop with the albums and we did our best to keep the rambling short (and the playlist so, so, so long). M & J recap a couple concerts, Mariah Carey says goodbye to the hauntingly beautiful robot world she created, M roasts David Guetta, and J provides some mid-week inspiration in the first track and some much-needed optimism in the back track. Rest In Peace Mac Miller, 1992-2018. See the show notes or go to for the companion...


Episode 18: Your Kacheek Is Dying

In this [short] episode of Backtrack, M changes a tire (like, not figuratively), Eminem pulls a reverse Offset :(, Mitski’s twin sister makes an appearance, and J reactivates their Minecraft account. Also, this happened after we recorded and we’re skipping a week so we can’t cover it in a ~timely fashion~ but everyone really needs to read this crazy thread about Drake and Kim and Kanye (linked in the show notes)... Featuring No Rome, John Splithoff, Troye Sivan, Eminem, Jerry Folk, and Elsie...


Episode 17: Eat More Tomatoes

We recap the VMGays, and review a shocking amount of albums for a soft Albumgeddon 2.0. J tricks M into believing that "pestulence" is a real word (it's pestilence), Blood Orange makes us both cry, Disclosure release their new remix of Mr. Santa, and M accidentally does a segment on the hyphy movement off the dome. Featuring Ozuna, Bacilos, Brasstracks, Bas, R3hab, Blood Orange, Life Of Dillon, UNIIQU3, and E-40. Yes, all of those artists released albums or EPs. Yes, we attempt to discuss...


Episode 16: Slime All Your Friends Out

Doja Cat provides the perfect intro except a few days too early, The 1975 keeps us on our toos, our android friend Miquela releases new music with Baauer, Missy Elliot chews on fresh grapes, J gets derailed by a previously undiscovered remix, and M finally gets to listen to her favorite artist’s new album. Featuring Porter Robinson, Ariana Grande, Doja Cat, Aminé, Young Thug, Sarah Reeves, Mitski. See the show notes or go to for the companion playlists!


Episode 15: Lamb Talk Lamborghini

M dishes out some pop music trivia, J listens to Wizkid on repeat, and together they make their way through a very long Nicki Minaj album. Also, shout out to Chace for putting out new music just 4 days after M requested it! This episode is brought to you by Grey Poupon, Avatar: The Last Airbender, and "Night Driving" Playlists. Featuring 3 Monkeyzz, Lontalius, R.LUM.R, Quavo, Ash, Tobi Lou. See the show notes or go to for the companion playlists!


Episode 14: That Other DJ He A Bozo

Travelin' Pain stars as himself on We Bare Bears, J is still salty about a Halloween party from October 2017, Travis Scott re-establishes himself as more than a Kardashian partner, and M & J fanboi over A-Trak and Terry Todd. Featuring Chace, Yellowclaw, Cazzette, The High, A-Trak, A-Trak's Brother In Chromeo, Mac Miller, No Rome, Mura Masa, Silk City. See the show notes or go to for the companion playlists!


Episode 13: Wait! We Was Just Hangin'

M conquers the Think loop, Lil Wayne doesn't make the callbacks for the 2018 re-release of I'm The One, Lil Yachty announces the blockbuster smash of the summer, Denzel Curry pays homage to Schnitzel, and J gets sassy about The Chainsmoker's Sick Boy. Featuring Towkio, Lido, Saira Kariya, DJ Khaled, Mac Miller, Airynore. See the show notes or go to for the companion playlists!


Episode 12: Go Best Friend! Go Best Friend!

On this episode of Backtrack, M & J prove the Theory of Zedd, announce a few singles, review a few albums, and that’s it. Oh, and then they spend 25 full minutes breaking down Ciara’s Level Up, Jersey Club samples, and one particularly iconic Baltimore Club sample that M spectacularly fails at identifying. M also plays some bluegrass… ish… stuff. It's real good though. See the show notes or visit for the companion playlist! Featuring Masego, Mars Today,...


Episode 11: Benny Blanco Fancast, Episode 1

Well we thought it was a weekend update but the music industry moves in Friday waves, so its really just a full-length episode. Benny Blanco (RESTON, VA RESIDENT #NOVA #BORNANDRAISED) steps into the spotlight after having co- written/produced every major hit for the last decade, M tries and fails to pronounce Nigerian names, J talks about walk cycles, and M and J argue about Baauer's signature style while deeply and visibly struggling to use their fancy new sound equipment #fireinthebooth....


Episode 10: It (was) my BRRRRRRRRRRA

Drake was silent for a month, then released a 2 disc album. Drake is trendy, so we decided to do the same thing - we took a week off and then released a 90 minute episode. In that week, a lot happened. The music industry now only allows releases of either double singles or fatty albums, Mark Morrison sings different words than the lyrics to Return Of The Mack, Brockhampton returns with a new single featuring what you think are all your 90s faves but it's actually just them sounding like your...