119: HIStory 25 Roundtable

Twenty-five years ago, Michael Jackson released what is arguably his most important, and certainly his most personal album, HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I. Emerging from the tumultuous mid-90s era, when Jackson was treated more harshly than ever by the media, the album is an explosion of his rage and frustration. It is the most raw of any of his studio work, addressing the media, race relations, and tapping into his personal struggles in a way he never had before. Despite the fact that the album was reviewed negatively by some critics (primarily those who had written him off after the 1993 allegations), it would go on to become one of the best-selling albums of all time, and the bold messaging of the songs would endure. Ultimately, these iconic tracks feel more relevant than ever today.

To celebrate twenty-five years of this masterpiece, The MJCast brings together a roundtable panel of Michael Jackson experts and mega-fans to discuss this landmark album, analyzing it track-by-track, discussing the short films, and exploring its relevance in the 1990s, and today. This discussion is hosted and moderated by James Alay, and includes panelists Rickey Alexander, Maria Paalberg Musoga, John Cameron, and Samar Habib.

Participants
James Alay, host/moderator.
Rickey Alexander, author of “A Track-By-Track Synopsis of Michael Jackson’s History 25 Years Later”.
Maria Paalberg Musoga, creator of a short documentary on the #BlackLivesMatter protests in Sacramento, California.
John Cameron, creator of the #JCsMusicology podcast.
Samar Habib, creator of The Michael Jackson Academia Project.

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114: Season Five Mixtape

Are you ready to party? It’s that time of year when The MJCast gives their listeners a special treat: the fourth annual MJCast mixtape! This curated collection of tunes is made up of our favourite Michael Jackson and Jackson Family songs from Season Five. While the team is on their break before launching the next season, take a moment to turn up your speakers and celebrate the artistry of the King of Pop. Enjoy!

Tracklist
1. Michael Jackson – Off The Wall (Nick Party People Remix)
2. Michael Jackson – Remember the Time (Nick* Deep Mix)
3. Michael Jackson – Take Me Back (Regrooved by Parker)
4. Michael Jackson – Another Part of Me (Regrooved Fire Remix)
5. The Jacksons – Walk Right Now (Nick* Redux)
6. Jackson 5 – I’ll Be There (DJ Hasebe Remix)
7. Taryll Jackson – Make You Mine, available on Apple Music
8. Jaafar Jackson – Got Me Singing
9. Michael Jackson – Privacy (Reconstructed NOT GUILTY Remix)
10. Michael Jackson – Tabloid Junkie (Michael Jackson vs. Will Smith Mix)
11. Janet Jackson – Son of a Gun (P. Diddy Explicit Radio Remix)
12. Michael Trapson – F*ck Wade
13. Omer Bhatti – Life Is a Movie
14. Dane Thomson – Smooth Criminal (Instrumental Acoustic Cover)
15. The Jacksons – Lovely One (Groovefunkel Remix)
16. Michael Jackson – Thriller 35th Anniversary (SWG Remastered Extended Mix)
17. Michael Jackson – Beat It (Mute Mutant Remix)
18. Michael Jackson – Why You Wanna Trip On Me (DJ MGR Trip On Mix)
19. Janet Jackson – Escapade (Nick* Maui Sunset Mix)
20. Michael Jackson – Man In the Mirror (30th Anniversary (SWG Extended Mix Overture)

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