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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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    Underground Hip-Hop
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    '80s Hip-Hop

    '80s Hip-Hop
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    '80s Urban Music

    '80s Urban Music
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Albums by

Top Songs by

  1.   Song
  2.   Slam
  3.   Throw Ya Gunz
  4.   Shifftee
  5.   We Get Live by Myster DL
  6.   Classic Terror
  7.   Shut 'Em Down
  8.   Onyx Is Here
  9.   Phat ('N' All Dat)
  10.   Bacdafucup
  11.   Most Def
  12.   Atak of da Bal-Hedz
  13.   Last Dayz
  14.   Tamaris Khan
  15.   Here 'N' Now
  16.   Live Niguz
  17.   All We Got Iz Us (Evil Streets)
  18.   Raze It Up
  19.   Blac Vagina Finda
  20.   Love Is a Gun
  21.   Veronica
  22.   Face Down
  23.   Rob and Vic
  24.   Broke Willies
  25.   Thangz Changed
  26.   Live!!!
  27.   Crime Pays
  28.   Robot World
  29.   Mad World
  30.   Ill Murda U featuring Gang Green
  31.   Free Style
  32.   Hydro
  33.   Hood Beef
  34.   Slam Harder
  35.   Bring 'Em out Dead
  36.   Walk in New York
  37.   Getto Mentalitee
  38.   Betta Off Dead
  39.   I Murder U (Skit)
  40.   Purse Snatchaz
  41.   Fuck Dat
  42.   Black Dust
  43.   React
  44.   The Worst
  45.   Judgment Night by Biohazard
  46.   Bichasbootleguz
  47.   Bust Dat Ass
  48.   Cops
  49.   U.S.G.
  50.   Bichasniguz
  51.   Theme From "Star Wars"
  52.   It's On Now
  53.   All Over by Busta Rhymes
  54.   What U Gunna Do
  55.   Call of the Wild
  56.   I Don't Want to Die
  57.   Wili'n Wili'n
  58.   Purse Snatchaz Pt. 2
  59.   O.N.y.X
  60.   Wet the Club
  61.   Clap and Rob 'Em
  62.   Maintain (Skit)
  63.   2 Wrongs
  64.   Shout
  65.   Take That
  66.   Da Nex Niguz
  67.   Nigga Bridges
  68.   Da Mad Face Invasion
  69.   Da Bounca Nigga
  70.   Jingle Bells, Shotgun Shells
  71.   Magnetic Eyes
  72.   Dirty Cops
  73.   If the Hood Was Mine
  74.   I'm So '90s
  75.   It's My Life
  76.   Mad Energy featuring Ill Bill
  77.   Belly of the Beast
  78.   Cuzo
  79.   Frontline by Raekwon
  80.   Ah, and We Do It Like This
  82.   Hard to Be a Thug
  83.   Evil Streets by Method Man
  84.   Onyx Is Back
  85.   Gangsta
  86.   Bang 2 Dis
  87.   Hold Up