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Onyx's shouting, in-your-face brand of high-volume rapping proved to be more at home in the slam pit than on the dancefloor and brought the rap quartet instant chart success. Originally formed in Queens, NY, during 1990, the members of Onyx (Fredro Starr, Sticky Fingaz, Big DS, and DJ Suave Sonny Caeser) met while working as barbers. The band honed their rhyming skills and act by performing at local clubs, which eventually gained the attention of Run-D.M.C.'s Jam Master Jay, who signed the group to his label, JMJ Records, and even helped produce Onyx's debut full-length, Bacdafucup, in 1993. The album turned out to be a platinum-certified smash, spurred on by the runaway success of the hit single "Slam," which went on to become one of the year's biggest rap hits. The group confirmed that they were just as content attracting a heavy metal audience by a pair of collaborations with the N.Y.C. hardcore metal outfit Biohazard (a remix of "Slam" credited to Bionyx, and the title track to the motion picture Judgment Night). The album even beat out such stiff competition as Dr. Dre's rap classic The Chronic at the Soul Train Awards for Best Rap Album that year. But Onyx was unable to continue their commercial success as such subsequent albums as 1995's All We Got Iz Us and 1998's Shut 'Em Down came and went without much fanfare. The late '90s saw members Sticky and Fredro try their hand at acting, landing spots on HBO's Strapped, Spike Lee's Clockers, the Rhea Pearlman/Danny De Vito-directed Sunset Park, and Brandy's hit TV show Moesha. The various members tried to launch solo careers, but the records never connected with audiences. With the rap genre's continuous changes and shifts, they decided to try a comeback and reappeared with 2002's Bacdafucup, Pt. II. ~ Greg Prato
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Top Songs by

  1.   Song
  2.   Slam
  3.   Throw Ya Gunz
  4.   Classic Terror
  5.   Shifftee
  6.   We Get Live by Myster DL
  7.   Raze It Up
  8.   Magnetic Eyes
  9.   Da Mad Face Invasion
  10.   Shout
  11.   Last Dayz
  12.   Clap and Rob 'Em
  13.   Return of the Madface
  14.   Call of the Wild
  15.   What U Gunna Do
  16.   Shut 'Em Down
  17.   Bacdafucup
  18.   Problem Child
  19.   Jingle Bells, Shotgun Shells
  20.   Theme From "Star Wars"
  21.   I'm So '90s
  22.   It's My Life
  23.   Crime Pays
  24.   Ah, and We Do It Like This
  25.   Wili'n Wili'n
  26.   See U in Hell Pt. 2
  27.   Ghetto Way of Thinking
  28.   Slam Harder
  29.   What's Onyx
  30.   Getto Mentalitee
  31.   Black Dust
  32.   It Was Onyx (Skit)
  33.   The Worst
  34.   Nigga Bridges
  35.   Da Bounca Nigga
  36.   Blac Vagina Finda
  37.   Bichasniguz
  38.   Bichasbootleguz
  39.   Act up (Skit)
  41.   Live!!!
  42.   If the Hood Was Mine
  43.   Do U Bac Down
  44.   Robot World
  45.   Candy Man
  46.   U.S.G.
  47.   Feel Me
  48.   Onyx Is Back
  49.   Hood Beef
  50.   Hold Up
  51.   Walk in New York
  52.   Most Def
  53.   Punkmotherfukaz
  54.   Live Niguz
  55.   Betta Off Dead
  56.   Ghetto Starz
  57.   Veronica
  58.   Rob and Vic
  59.   Street Nigguz
  60.   React
  61.   Onyx Is Here
  62.   Atak of da Bal-Hedz
  63.   Purse Snatchaz