J. Stalin

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“Vibrant and exploding with personality, J. Stalin is a knowing, mischievous wise-ass whose charisma hangs between unapologetic cockiness and the ability to cut through rap’s fantasy-addled drug fetishism and provide sobering reality.”Pitchfork

“One of Oakland’s illest MCs”XXL

“As the owner of Livewire Records, West Oakland rapper J Stalin provides a place for the growth of incredibly creative, meat-and-potatoes Bay Area hip-hop. The label hosts gritty rubbery street music that navigates crack dealing devastation and grounded partying tracks with equal aplomb, with artists that range from Stalin himself to MCs like Shady Nate and Philthy Rich among others.” – SPIN

“This is what Stalin does: he takes things–sounds, human beings, grocery stores–and warps them into something extraterrestrial. It’s eerie, but you’re dancing anyway.”Passion of the Weiss

J. Stalin, born Jovan Smith, is a rapper from the Cypress Village housing projects in West Oakland. In 2007, he signed to Zoo Entertainment Production Company run by artist Mekanix, who described his style as a variant of Hyphy known as “Go”. He is also the Owner of Livewire Records, President of Town Thizzness ENT, which is a sub-division of the late Mac Dre’s Thizz ENT.

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Press Releases

J. Stalin Enjoys the Sweet Life with Beeda Weeda in the XXL-Premiered “Bubble Gum Candy Fruit”
J. Stalin Shares “Livewire Party,” the Latest Video From His Miracle & Nightmare On 10th Street Returns Album, Via an XXL Premiere
J. Stalin and Dj.Fresh Don’t Play Games…Unless It’s “Cops & Robbers”
J. Stalin & Dj.Fresh Explore the Flip Sides of Hood Life in a New Double Album, New Video Premiered by XXL
Trap Addict and West Oakland Hero J. Stalin Lives Lavish in His Latest Video, Premiered by HYPEBEAST
West Oakland Street Hero J. Stalin Prepares Double Album with DJ Fresh, Shares Harrowing HipHopDX-Premiered New Single 🎃
Insanely Prolific Oakland Rapper J. Stalin Shares His New “Reality” in Latest Video
Bay Area Entrepreneur J. Stalin Drops Gas Nation 2, His 18th Studio Album
J. Stalin Sips Patrón in the Cinematic Clip for the Optimistic, Slap-Heavy “I Can’t Wait”
J. Stalin Sits in a 4-Cornered Room Counting Cash on the Emotional “In My Feelings” Video
Streetwise Bay Area Entrepreneur J. Stalin Announces Gas Nation 2, His 18th Studio Album; Shares “Battery Acid” Video via The Boombox
J. Stalin Releases Video for the Perfect Mob Music Anthem “It Ain’t No Thang”
West Oakland’s J. Stalin is No Prince Charming on “Cindafella”
West Oakland Slick Talker J. Stalin Releases On Behalf of the Streets 2, a Sequel to His 2006 Debut
J. Stalin and G-Eazy Make The Party Jump in this Sequel to a 2006 Stalin Track
J. Stalin Mobs in Muscle Cars with Nef The Pharaoh and Lil Blood in “Get Me Some,” Premiered by Passion of the Weiss
Ten Years After His Debut Record, J. Stalin Announces On Behalf of The Streets 2, Drops Single
Debuted by HotNewHipHop, Bay Area Rap Veteran J. Stalin Finds Love In New “Going Steady” Visual From His Tears of Joy Album
Bay Area Legend Releases His 14th Solo Album + Heartfelt Video on the Realities of His Former Hustling Days
Debuted by East Bay Express, Bay Area Legend J. Stalin Releases Hard-Hitting “Face Shots” Visual From Tears of Joy Project Set to Release on October 30th
J. Stalin Announces Tears of Joy Album, Shares Visual for “Bye Felicia” Single ft. L’Jay
Bay Area Legend J Stalin Releases Video From Recently Released Album SID – Shining in Darkness, Premiere via The FADER
HipHopDX Premieres Visual from SID (Shining In Darkness) Album, Now Available on iTunes
Bay Area Rapper J Stalin Releases His 14th Studio Album SID (Shining In Darkness) Album, Premieres via SPIN
iTunes Bonus Track from J. Stalin’s Upcoming SID Album, Featuring Problem Premieres on XXL
Third Single from J Stalin’s Forthcoming Album, SID, Premieres on Southern Hospitality
Second Single from J Stalin’s Forthcoming Album, SID, Premieres on VICE/Noisey
Complex Premieres J Stalin’s “Fuk That” from His Upcoming Album, SID, Due April 22nd

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