J. Stalin (also stylized as J Stalin or J-Stalin), is a rapper from the Cypress Village housing projects in West Oakland.[dead link] 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.
He references Joseph Stalin in his stage name because they shared the same initials, and "he was short like me, but he was always smashin' on everybody." In a recent interview he remarked about his home and lifestyle, "This is West Oakland, man. This is the bottoms right here." He went on to say that the crime rate in his neighborhood was so high, the city had remodeled the housing units in his housing project to remove the back doors so that criminals could not escape from home raids by the police. His major influences Stalin claims came from a small town named Castroville. He claims he can relate to the poverty and hardships the town has to deal with and has major respect for the town. Stalin was also in the internet sensation video "Cupcakin" with J-Nash. J. Stalin's first widely released performances arose when a DJ Daryl, a local recording studio owner, placed him on a track he was recording. A colleague of Daryl's, Richie Rich was impressed enough to put J. Stalin on three tracks in his 2002 album Nixon Pryor Roundtree album and two more as a member of Rich's group, the Replacement Killers. He later recorded and performed with artists such as G-Stack, Beeda Weeda, Keak Da Sneak and San Quinn, E-40, The Luniz, The Team, The Frontline, Mob Figaz, Yukmouth, Numskull, Shock G, and others. As of 2006 he had released roughly 7 mixtapes and had four releases scheduled for 2007. Mekanix and Zoo Entertainment released "On Behalf of the Streets" in early May 2007. J. Stalin is the President of Town Thizzness, and the owner of Livewire Records. He is also the front man in his group, Livewire Da Gang The Livewire Gang consists of many artists from various neighborhoods in North, East, and West Oakland. Some of these artists include, Shady Nate, Jay Jonah, Philthy Rich, Stevie Joe, Lil Blood, Ruben Stunner, R.O.B., Ronald Mack, Kiwi, and Mayback.. Retro and TD slaps from Sacramento . Jon Jon on the beat from the 209. The Livewire R&B singer is L'Jay. Nano is the President Of Livewire From San Francisco J. Stalin Discography Studio Albums
2007 J-Stalin Presents Slappin In Trunk Vol. 4 2011 Livewire Records Presents I Pledge Allegiance To The Wire 2012 The Best Of J-Stalin Vol. 1 2012 Livewire Records Presents I Pledge Allegiance To The Wire 2 2013 Down To The Wire Compilation 2014 Street Platinum The Ultimate Album Collaborations
2007: DJ Fresh Presents: The Tonite Show (with Beeda Weeda) 2008 J-Stalin & Beeda Weeda - Quit Hatin On The Bay Town Thizzness (Special Edition) 2009: The Real World: East-West Oakland Edition (with Mayback) 2009: Giants & Elephants (with Guce) 2010: Women & Money (with Lil Kev) 2011 Hell Rell, J-Stalin, Lord Geez - Guilty By Association 2011 J-Stalin & Young Doe - Diesel Therapy 2012: Bottom of the 9th (with L'Jay R&B singer) Mixtapes
2006: Stamp of Approval: The Mixtape 2006: R.N.B. Mixtape 2006: Demolition Men Presents: Early Morning Shift (Mixtape Magazine Edition) 2007: Warning Shots Vol.1 (Mixed by DJ Edit) 2007: Demolition Men Presents: Early Morning Shift (EMS Mixtape Vol.2) (with Shady Nate) 2008: Welcome to da Slap House 2008: Warning Shots Vol.2 2009: Prenup: The Leak 2010: Demolition Men Presents: Early Morning Shift (EMS Mixtape Vol.3) (with Philthy Rich) Livewire Da Gang Discography Studio Albums
2007: Pay Ya'Self or Spray Ya'Self (Stalin, Shady, Jonah) 2009: Livewire Radio 2009: Livewire The Empire 2009: Livewire Radio 2 2010: Livewire Radio 3 Mixtapes
2008: Murder Fa Hire: The Hop Out (HD, Lil Blood, Ronald Mack, Lil Rue) Music Videos
2005: 808 2006: Let's Get It On Tonight 2008: Show Me 2008: Paint The Town 2009: Lyrical Exercise Pt. 1 2009: Try Again Tomorrow 2009: Rock Day 2010: D-Boy Blues 2010 2010: Across the Water Feat. Philthy Rich, GoldToes 2010: Stop My Shine 2010: Everyday my Birthday 2010: Last Night 2010: That Quick Feat. A1 2011: Lyrical Exercise Pt. 3 Feat. L'Jay 2011: Self Made Millionaire Feat. Lil Retro, Lil Blood & L'Jay 2011: Dopegame Feat. L'Jay 2011: No Middle Man Feat. Berner 2011: Colder Blood Feat. The Jacka, Berner, Fam Syrk 2012: Pigeon Coop Feat. Ya Boy, Shady Nate & L'Jay 2012: Who Are You (with DJ Fresh) 2012: Dope Game (with DJ Fresh) 2013: Molly Song ft Problem