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James Victor Heinz (born February 6, 1983 in Long Island, United States), professionally known by his stage name J57, is a Brooklyn-based American rapper, songwriter, record producer, & record label owner, that infuses hiphop with indie rock, pop, folk & Americana music. He is a member of the Brown Bag AllStars, a group of emcees he joined while working at Fat Beats in 2004, and Jamo Gang, a hip-hop group consisting of Ras Kass and El Gant. J57 cites DJ Eclipse and his mentor DJ Premier, as his musical influences.