17 episodes

Remember when Monica allegedly punched Brandy right before they performed live at the MTV Video Music Awards? When Freaknik took over Atlanta, and changed the game for parties everywhere? When tasteless critics panned Mariah Carey’s Glitter? (#JusticeforGlitter!) When Beyonce told Farrah that someone could send her luggage? We do!Back Issue tells the stories behind formative moments in pop culture. In each episode we look back at some of the moments that shook us, that changed us. Join Tracy Clayton (host of Netflix’s Strong Black Legends, Mailchimp’s Going Through It) and Pineapple Street Studios Producer Josh Gwynn as they reckon with some of culture’s biggest questions, from "How did we let this happen?" to ‘Why do we still love this?" Because nostalgia is more than just a feeling. Got an issue you’d like us to investigate? Hit the Back Issue Hotline at (678)-74ISSUE.

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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.7 • 353 Ratings

Remember when Monica allegedly punched Brandy right before they performed live at the MTV Video Music Awards? When Freaknik took over Atlanta, and changed the game for parties everywhere? When tasteless critics panned Mariah Carey’s Glitter? (#JusticeforGlitter!) When Beyonce told Farrah that someone could send her luggage? We do!Back Issue tells the stories behind formative moments in pop culture. In each episode we look back at some of the moments that shook us, that changed us. Join Tracy Clayton (host of Netflix’s Strong Black Legends, Mailchimp’s Going Through It) and Pineapple Street Studios Producer Josh Gwynn as they reckon with some of culture’s biggest questions, from "How did we let this happen?" to ‘Why do we still love this?" Because nostalgia is more than just a feeling. Got an issue you’d like us to investigate? Hit the Back Issue Hotline at (678)-74ISSUE.

    Remember When We Found Ourselves? (Feat. Jill Scott and Perry Fair)

    Remember When We Found Ourselves? (Feat. Jill Scott and Perry Fair)

    Before We Bid Season 1 Adieu, Did You Know Tracy Almost Got An Ankh Tattoo?
    This week, Josh and Tracy close out Back Issue's first season with one last trip, all the way back to the heyday of Neo Soul, from how the genre shaped them to their faves. They talk to Perry Fair, one of the creatives behind Coke’s iconic Nu Classic Soul ad. Then, they sit down with THEE Jill Scott (AHHHH!!!) to talk about her music, her legacy, and remembering our favorite parts of ourselves.
    Additional Material By: Motown/Control Freaq Records, Coca Cola, Smithsonian Institute, Hidden Beach, MCA, Blisslife, Virgin/EMI, Atlantic Records, Dreamworks Records, Motown/Universal, LaFace, CW/Warner Bros.
    Production Music courtesy of www.epidemicsound.com. For transcriptions, please visit our website at https://pineapple.fm/back-issue.
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    • 51 min
    Remember Backing That Azz Up? (Feat. Dr. Joy Harden Bradford and Mariah Moore)

    Remember Backing That Azz Up? (Feat. Dr. Joy Harden Bradford and Mariah Moore)

    Without A Doubt, I Miss The Cookout

    This week, take a break from your solitary quarantine as Josh and Tracy take you waaay back to some of the baddest, Blackest functions of all time, like ATL's Freaknik and the Kentucky Derby. Then, travel back in time with Josh and organizer Mariah Moore (of The Transgender Law Center, House of Tulip) to the celebration of life and death that was Aretha Franklin's second line in New Orleans. And because we all could use some therapy, Dr. Joy Harden Bradford of 'Therapy For Black Girls' drops in to offer some (non-medical!) guidance on how to get through this time of separation.

    Additional Material By: ViacomCBS, Warner Bros., Los Angeles Times, New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation, Atlantic/Warner Bros., CW/Warner Bros.

    Production Music courtesy of www.epidemicsound.com. For transcriptions, please visit our website at https://pineapple.fm/back-issue.
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    • 57 min
    Remember When We Caught The Spirit? (feat. Pastor Shirley Caesar and Ashon Crawley)

    Remember When We Caught The Spirit? (feat. Pastor Shirley Caesar and Ashon Crawley)

    Can You Hear It? I Know You Caught The Spirit
    This week, Josh and Tracy are taking you to church. First, they talk about their time in the pews, from the ways they've had to reconcile their faiths and identities to the music that has stuck with them. They hear about the deep, poetic roots of Gospel in Black identity from writer and professor Ashon Crawley. And they sit down with pastor and legend Shirley Caesar to talk about her reverence for the music, her unforgettable “greens, beans, potatoes, tomatoes” meme, and the importance of finding joy right now.
    Additional Material By: Arista Records, 20th Century Fox/Disney, Warner Bros Televison, Interscope Records/Universal, Universal Music Group, Malaco Music Group, SoSouth Music Distribution, Savoy Records/Univeral Music Group, Keep Cool/RCA, Light Records/Entertainment One, Columbia Records, eOne, ViacomCBS Domestic Media Networks, Urban One, Cameron J/Sony Entertainment, KevOnStage, TuneCore, The Orchard Enterprises, Christina Marie/Interscrope/Universal, B-Rite/Interscope Records, Columbia Records/Sony Music, Sony Legacy, Sony Music Entertainment, Paramount Domestic Television, Word Records, CW/Warner Bros, Parkwood Entertainment/Sony , TDE/Aftermath/Interscope, Priority Records/Universal, Dirty 3 Records
    Gospel Remix Provided by Donwill and 6th Sense. Production Music courtesy of www.epidemicsound.com. For transcriptions, please visit our website at https://pineapple.fm/back-issue.
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    • 58 min
    Remember What Beef Is? (Feat. Jean Grae)

    Remember What Beef Is? (Feat. Jean Grae)

    Day or Night, It's About To Be A What? Girl Fight! 
    This week, Josh and Tracy give you all things beefs, feuds, and squabbles. They explore one of the most formative feuds of their youth — Brandy vs. Monica — and get into where they were when one of the most shocking diss tracks of our time dropped (hint: it involves a pink diamond chicken wing chain). Then, rapper and talented multi-hyphenate Jean Grae joins to share why she thinks beefs are so essential to the world of hip hop.
    Additional Material By: GOOD Music / Def Jam Recordings, Island Records, ViacomCBS, Bravo/NBC, True Entertainment/Bravo/NBC, ABC, True Entertainment/Bravo/NBC, Vibe Magazine/Eldridge Industries, Bungalow Records/Universal, 20th Century Fox/Disney, TMZ/Warner Bros, ViacomCBS, True Entertainment/Bravo/NBC, ViacomCBS Domestic Media Networks, GOOD Music/Terrance Levarr Thornton, Atlantic Records, Epic Records / Columbia Records, PMRC, VladTV, Harpo Productions/Discovery Inc, NBC Universal News, Empire Distribution, A Band Apart / Miramax Films, Jean Grae, CW/Warner Bros., Dreamville Records/Universal Music Group, NONAME, BET HER/ViacomCBS.
    Production Music courtesy of www.epidemicsound.com. For transcriptions, please visit our website at https://pineapple.fm/back-issue. 
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    • 49 min
    Remember The Audacity of Daytime Talk Shows? (Feat. Sherri Shepherd)

    Remember The Audacity of Daytime Talk Shows? (Feat. Sherri Shepherd)

    Give Me A Break, You Ain't No Ricki Lake
    This week, Josh and Tracy take you through the world of daytime talk shows and unpack the fun, the messy, and the hard-to-reconcile parts of shows like Ricki Lake, Oprah, Jerry Springer, and Jenny Jones. Then, they sit down with Sherri Shepherd, Emmy-winning former host of ‘The View,’ to discuss why being on that show was the best and most painful experience of her career and what it was like to sit between Rosie and Elisabeth during that unforgettable split-screen showdown.

    Additional Material By: Sony Pictures Television, CBS Television Distribution/ViacomCBS, NBCUniversal Television Distribution, ABC/Disney, The Smoking Gun, and CW/Warner Bros.

    Production Music courtesy of www.epidemicsound.com. For transcriptions, please visit our website at https://pineapple.fm/back-issue.
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    • 59 min
    Remember When MTV Was That Girl? (Feat. Erika Clarke)

    Remember When MTV Was That Girl? (Feat. Erika Clarke)

    Young And Free, I Want My MTV!

    This week, Josh and Tracy are talking all things MTV. From ‘The Real World’ cinematic universe to the boom boom kacks of ‘Making The Band,’ they take you through the channel’s best (and messiest) moments. Then, they get a sense of what it was like to work there from Erika Clarke, a former MTV producer who spent 10 years working on iconic shows like ‘Cribs’ and ‘Diary’ (y’all, she worked on the Aaliyah episode!!!).

    Additional Material By: ViacomCBS, Walt Disney Television, NBCUniversal Television and Streaming, J Records/Trans Continental/BMG, and CW/Warner Bros.

    Production Music courtesy of www.epidemicsound.com. For transcriptions, please visit our website at https://pineapple.fm/back-issue.
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    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
353 Ratings

353 Ratings

AshleySalone ,

Please come back!

This was my new favorite podcast, and now I am jonesing for another season! All I want to do is listen to Tracy and Josh talk about the bygone days of black pop culture.

Jermaine Jr. ,

THIS PODCAST IS EVERYTHING, PERIODDTTTTTTTT!!!!!!!!

I don’t even know where to begin!
I said I was going to wait to comment until I BINGED the entire series up to the recent episode but I can NOT!!!!
You two are effin’ magic!
This is that lightning in a bottle magic that the Living Single cast knows about!
The world, the culture, this UNIVERSE does not deserve you both! The END! Love you!

Ps. Tracy and Josh, please be my friend.
PPPPSSSS. YESSS for the queer representation!
✊🏾🤎🖤✊🏾

Rachelyut ,

This podcast just makes me happy!

I am so thankful for finding this podcast! I’ve loved Tracy since her podcast Another Round, and I was sad when it ended. But Tracy and Josh are just killin it with this podcast! Loving the content and banter, as I knew I would. Love you both!!

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