Eight Gigs: J. Stalin
Sat., Jan. 2, 7 p.m., The Boardwalk, $20-$25
Since 2006, Oakland rapper J. Stalin has released a massive body of work—12 studio albums, to be exact. Lineage of his region runs deep; J. Stalin’s latest record features a track entitled “Jacka’s Prayer,” referencing the befallen Bay Area legend, and declares J.Stalin as the “realest of the last left.” With the Jacka taken from this earth too soon, J. Stalin has merit to his claims. Tears of Joy is one of his strongest records to date. It’s deeply tied to street hymns, but is not above pop-culture crazes like the reemergence of “Bye Felicia.” 9426 Greenback Lane in Orangevale, www.jstalinlivewire.com.