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By Jack Barnes Known for his viciously real lyrics and his hypnotic and aggressive flow, J. Stalin represents the duality of street life in the Bay Area. Teaming with frequent collaborator Dj.Fresh, Stalin shares the bright and energetic “Livewire Party,” his latest video. Boasting a severely hyphy instrumental from Oakland production legends The Mekanix, Stalin […]

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By Jack Barnes A hero in the West Oakland streets, artist and entrepreneur J. Stalin is an expert conceptual thinker, consistently finding creative ways to illustrate his life on the street. Teaming up with a fellow Bay Area icon, taste-making DJ and producer DJ Fresh, Stalin announces Miracle & Nightmare on 10th Street Part 2, an upcoming […]

Too $hort By Jack Barnes “Hella Disrespectful” is the Too $hort‘s mixtape leading up to his highly anticipated studio album, “The Pimp Tape,” slated for release early 2018. This mixtape is Bay Area through and through, with features from G-Eazy, Mozzy, Mistah F.A.B., Philthy Rich, Lil Yee, E-40, Rayven Justice, Ezale and J. Stalin. Enjoy […]

J. Stalin By Jack Barnes A mob music master with a slick sense of street lyricism, J. Stalin is West Oakland’s favorite son. A respected businessman and a prolific rapper, J. Stalin exemplifies the Bay Area hustle. Riding roughshod over a slap-heavy mob instrumental, J. Stalin gives a glimpse into his life on “Reality,” his […]

Keak Da Sneak By Jack Barnes The progenitor of the hyphy movement, Keak Da Sneak’s rasp is one of the most distinctive and beloved voices in Bay Area Hip-Hop. Teaming with frequent collaborator E-40 for a supremely funky slapper, Keak shares “Ima Keep It Goin’,” his latest single. Eleven years ago, 40 and Keak collaborated on “Tell Me […]