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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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    '90s Hip-Hop

    '90s Hip-Hop
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    Underground Hip-Hop
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    '80s Hip-Hop

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Top Songs by

  1.   Song
  2.   Slam
  3.   Throw Ya Gunz
  4.   We Get Live by Myster DL
  5.   Shifftee
  6.   Classic Terror
  7.   Last Dayz
  8.   The Worst
  9.   Bichasniguz
  10.   Getto Mentalitee
  11.   Take That
  12.   Bacdafucup
  13.   Frontline
  14.   Wet the Club
  15.   Clap and Rob 'Em
  16.   Feel Me
  17.   Mad World
  18.   2 Wrongs
  19.   Bust Dat Ass
  20.   Problem Child
  21.   Jingle Bells, Shotgun Shells
  22.   What U Gunna Do
  23.   I Don't Want to Die
  24.   Ill Murda U featuring Gang Green
  25.   Wili'n Wili'n
  26.   Rock U
  27.   Evil Streets by Method Man
  28.   Big Trucks
  29.   Slam Harder
  30.   Bring 'Em out Dead
  31.   Walk in New York
  32.   Punkmotherfukaz
  33.   Live Niguz
  34.   Betta Off Dead
  35.   Fuck Dat
  36.   One Nation (Skit)
  37.   Face Down
  38.   Rob and Vic
  39.   Raze It Up
  40.   Judgment Night by Biohazard
  41.   Thangz Changed
  42.   Da Nex Niguz
  43.   Da Bounca Nigga
  44.   Ah, and We Do It Like This
  45.   Da Mad Face Invasion
  46.   If the Hood Was Mine
  47.   It's My Life
  48.   Do U Bac Down
  49.   All Over
  50.   Crime Pays
  51.   Robot World
  52.   Hard to Be a Thug
  53.   Free Style
  54.   Hydro
  55.   Ghetto Way of Thinking
  56.   U.S.G.
  57.   Onyx Is Back
  58.   What's Onyx
  59.   All We Got Iz Us (Evil Streets)
  60.   Veronica
  61.   React
  62.   Shut 'Em Down
  63.   Getdafucout
  64.   Onyx Is Here
  65.   Blac Vagina Finda
  66.   For Nothin' (Skit)
  67.   Here 'N' Now
  68.   Atak of da Bal-Hedz
  69.   Magnetic Eyes
  70.   I'm So '90s
  71.   Mad Energy featuring Ill Bill
  72.   Belly of the Beast
  73.   Cuzo