J. Stalin
J. Stalin

J. Stalin

About J. Stalin

Veteran Oakland rapper J. Stalin has been holding it down for the Bay Area with streetwise tales since debuting in the early ’00s.

• J. Stalin grew up in West Oakland’s Cypress Village housing project. As a teen he followed in his mother’s footsteps and started selling drugs. He didn’t stop until 2009, years into his rap career.
• He was a protégé of producer DJ Daryl, the man behind 2Pac’s 1993 smash “Keep Ya Head Up.” Daryl introduced Stalin to Richie Rich, who introduced J. as a guest on 2002’s Nixon Pryor Roundtree.
• The rapper chose the name “Stalin” as a deliberate nod to Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin. “He was short like me,” J. Stalin says, “but he was always smashin’ on everybody.”
• J. Stalin released his 2006 debut, On Behalf of the Streets, on late rapper Mac Dre’s Thizz Entertainment imprint.
• Although he’s never been a mainstream star, J. Stalin has released more than 20 albums and mixtapes, and many of his songs have streamed in the millions.

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