Prolific Oakland rapper J. Stalin strolls through downtown San Francisco with his boo in the video for “Going Steady”. The track is from his recently released ‘Tears Of Joy‘ album that debuted last month, marking it as the emcee’s 14th solo project to date. J. Stalin’s cavalier delivery over shimmering production melds together with the Jae Synth-directed visual.
“I consider this to be my best body of work since ‘Prenuptial Agreement’ because I just went in & did the best songs. Usually my street music be my best music & this one has a lot of that. I like the Bay Area & the California rap scene overall because it’s getting back to gangsta music.”
Staying true to his street style has proven it’s value over J. Stalin’s lengthy career. With features from Iamsu!, Riff Raff, Snow Tha Product, Mistah F.A.B., The Jacka, Rayven Justice, D-Lo, B-Legit, & Jonn Hart, as well as production from The Mekanix, DJ Fresh, Junonnabeat, ‘Tears Of Joy‘ is his name on reality-driven street raps,
J. Stalin built up buzz prior to ‘Tears Of Joy‘ by releasing a series of video singles, including the Damon Jamal-directed visual for “Bye Felicia”, featuring Lil Debbie, “Face Shots”, & “Selling Crack“. Hailing from West Oakland, J. Stalin has long been one of the Bay Area’s most respected artists whose style fits with the vibe of the city.
“I judge what’s hot by taking notice of what people are playing in their cars. The industry don’t really know shit. If you go to Oakland & listen to what everyone is riding around to in their car, it’s not shit that people are going crazy on the Internet or the radio. It’s some hood shit.”