A raspy-voiced hustler with slick wordplay and a refined ear for mutated hyphy beats, J. Stalin is one of the Bay Area’s most respected emcees. Ten years after releasing his debut album ‘On Behalf Of The Streets‘, Stalin returns with ‘On Behalf Of The Streets 2‘. Produced entirely by Bay Area duo The Mekanix, ‘OBOTS 2‘ is a worthy sequel to the original, illustrating Stalin’s transformation from a young upstart to an established veteran. Featuring appearances from IAMSU!, K Camp, Nef The Pharaoh, Lil Blood, G-Eazy, Philthy Rich, Slim 400, Rayven Justice, Celly Ru, 4Rax of The Mekanix, Young Doe, G-Stack, Erk Da Jerk, and a posthumous appearance from The Jacka, among others, ‘OBOTS 2‘ is an epic listening experience, effortlessly gliding from style-to-style, never growing stale or repetitive, and featuring some of Stalin’s best bars. Following up last year’s ‘Tears Of Joy‘, ‘On Behalf Of The Streets 2‘ is one of J. Stalin’s strongest full-length efforts yet.
Over the past month, the Livewire CEO treated fans to a variety of quality pre-release singles. Earlier this week, he dropped the G-Eazy & The Jacka-featuring “Party Jumpin 2”, a sequel to one of Stalin’s best loved songs, a track from the original ‘On Behalf Of The Streets‘. Prior to “Party Jumpin 2”, Stalin shared the visual for “Get Me Some”, featuring Nef The Pharaoh & Lil Blood. Last month, Stalin dropped the K Camp-featuring “Could Be Worse”.
To accompany the album’s release, Stalin shares the visual for “West Oakland Nigga”, which features J. Stalin boasting about his hometown bonafides over a bass-heavy instrumental with bright organ and twinkling keys. Filmed in West Oakland, the video finds Stalin showing off his neighborhood, posting up outside a Tenth Street store with a huge posse, including The Mekanix, grilling some meat, and driving around in a boxframe muscle car. “West Oakland Nigga” and its visual demonstrate many of the strengths of ‘On Behalf Of The Streets 2‘: the subtle inversion of classic Bay Area styles, the specificity of the local references, & Stalin’s eccentric, outsized persona.