(13) Videos From "West Oakland's"
"J Stalin" CEO-Rapper Of "Live Wire" Records


"Try Again Tomorrow" (Official Video) 
"Everyday My Birthday" (Official Video) 
"Rock Day" (Official Video) 
"Self Made Millionaire"(Official Video)
"Stop My Shine"(Official Video)
"Last Night"(Official Video) 
 "Across the Water" (Official Video)
Philthy Rich f/ J. Stalin & Clyde Carson 
"What U Know" (Official Video)
Philthy Rich f/ The Hoodstarz & J. Stalin 
"10 Feet Deep" (Official Video)
Philthy Rich,J Stalin, Beeda Weeda & Stevie Joe  
"Straight From Oakland" (Official Video)
"Lyrical Exercise" (Official Video) 
Philthy Rich ft J Stalin & Lil Blood 
"So Hard" (Official Video)
Guce, J. Stalin, and Shady Nate 
"ANOTHER QUELO" (Official Video)

"Jovan Smith", better known in and out the "Bay" as, "J. Stalin",  is one of the hottest rappers in the "Bay Area", coming live and direct from "Oakland, Ca". "J. Stalin" grew up in the "Cypress Village"  housing projects in "West Oakland". Not unlike many youth in "West Oakland" "J. Stalin" did not grow up rich, and he always had a thirst for money

"J. Stalin" at a young age learned that making his own money, was the only money to make. As a young child he began selling candy bars on the "BARTtrains. At 13, he began to record and sell rap music, and this began his love for music and money. Unfortunately, he began to sell drugs in his neighborhood, got caught, and at the age of 17 spent eleven months on parole and doing weekends at the "Juvenile Hall" for a year.It was here that "Stalin" began to realize that there was money to be had, and he picked up a pen and a pad and began to create an arsenal of demos, that would eventually end up in the hands of "Richie Rich".

"J. Stalin", may have a young and boyish-look, but on the mic, you will get shook. "J. Stalin" came up with his rap name from dictator"Joseph Stalin", because they shared the same initials, was shot call'n and was an all around beast, who was feared, loved and respected by many. As "Stalin" says when asked how and why he jose the name, "He was short like me, but he was always smashin' on everybody".

"J. Stalin's" big break came from "DJ Daryl", who is the 
owner of a local recording studio. "DJ Daryl" slapped "J.Stalin" on a track, "Bay Area" rap veteran, "Richie Rich", heard it, and was impressed enough to put "J. Stalin" on three tracks in his 2002 album "Nixon Pryor Roundtree". "J. Stalin" became a member or "Richie Rich's" group called "The Replacement Killers", and went on to record several tracks on two more of "Richie Rich's" albums. 

Chosen by "E-40" and "Too Shoort" as the "Next Big Thing Out Of The Bay", "Stalin" began to record and perform with "Bay Area" heavy hit'n artists such as "G-Stack", "Beeda Weeda", "Keak Da Sneak" "San Quinn", "E-40", "The Luniz, "The Team", "The Frontline", "Mob Figaz", "Yukmouth", "Numskull", "Shock G", "Jacka" "Yukmouth" and many others.

By 2006 "J. Stalin"  had released roughly 7 mixtapes and had four releases scheduled for 2007. "Mekanix" and "Zoo Entertainment" released "Stalin's" first studio album called "On Behalf of the Streets" in early May 2007, which arrived just as the "Bay’s"-"Hyphy" movement was fading away and turning into a more dirty and more street-level sound that was dubbed “Go.” By the release of "Gas Nation", in 2008, he had become a local hero, but on a national level his name was only known by hip-hop heads. But now, this all changed a year later when his collaborative effort with "Guce" on "Giants and Elephants", plus a new solo album, "Prenuptial Agreement", which both made waves. But the ones that took him around the park, and smacked him off da charts, was his hit singles "Rock Day", "Birthday" & "Try Again Tomorrow".

"J. Stalin" is the President of "Town Thizzness", which is a sub-division of the late "Mac Dre's" company called "Thizz ENT". Seeing that you make more money by calling the shots, he became owner of his own record label called "Livewire Records". "Stalin" 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. With a heavy hitter roster with "Shady Nate", "Jay Jonah", "Philthy Rich", "Stevie Joe", "Lil Rue", "Lil Blood", "R.O.B.", "Ronald Mack", "Kiwi Da Beast", "HD", "L Jay", "Ant Mack", "Ruben Stunner", "Will Da Thrill", "Maj Guttah" and "Mayback", they just can't come whack!

  • 2006: On Behalf Of The Streets
  • 2006: The Real World: West Oakland
  • 2007: DJ Fresh Presents: The Tonite Show (with Beeda Weeda)
  • 2008: Gas Nation
  • 2009: The Real World: East & West Edition (with Mayback)
  • 2009: Giants & Elephants (with Guce)
  • 2010: Prenuptial Agreement
  • 2010: The Anullment
  • 2010: Women & Money (with Lil Kev)
  • 2010: The Real World: Part 3
  • 2011: Memoirs of a Curb Server
To see "J. STALIN" live check out his "One Man Band Tour"

July 14th & 15th in Kansas City, Mo 
July 16th & 17th in Ohio
July 21st in Vacaville, Ca @shady28nate release party
Aug. 6th Gstown, Ohio
Aug. 12th Reno, Nv 
Aug. 30th Bakersfield, Ca
Sep. 1st Fresno, Ca 
Sep. 23rd Paso Roblos, Ca 
Sep. 24th San Luis Obispo, Ca

Myspace: jstalinofficialpage

J. Stalin 
"Try Again Tomorrow
(Official Video) 


 "Rock Day
(Official Video)

J Stalin ft. Lil Retro, Lil Blood & L'Jay 
"Self Made Millionaire"
(Official Video)

Philthy Rich f/ J Stalin & Lil Blood 
"So Hard
(Official Video)

"Stop My Shine"
(Official Video)

J. Stalin starring Pinky XXX 
"Last Night"
(Official Video) 

J Stalin 
 "Across the Water"
(Official Video)

Philthy Rich f/ J. Stalin & Clyde Carson 
"What U Know"
(Official Video)

Philthy Rich f/ The Hoodstarz & J. Stalin
 "10 Feet Deep
(Official Video) 

"Straight From Oakland
Philthy Rich, J. Stalin, Beeda Weeda & Stevie Joe

 (Official Video) 

Guce, J. Stalin, and Shady Nate 
(Official Video)