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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

    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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    Classic Hip-Hop

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Albums by

Top Songs by

  1.   Song
  2.   Slam
  3.   Throw Ya Gunz
  4.   Shifftee
  5.   Classic Terror
  6.   We Get Live by Myster DL
  7.   Phat ('N' All Dat)
  8.   All We Got Iz Us (Evil Streets)
  9.   Da Nex Niguz
  10.   Most Def
  11.   Last Dayz
  12.   Shut 'Em Down
  13.   What U Gunna Do
  14.   Act up (Skit)
  15.   Bacdafucup
  16.   React
  17.   Raze It Up
  18.   Onyx Is Here
  19.   Atak of da Bal-Hedz
  20.   Nigga Bridges
  21.   Betta Off Dead
  22.   Black Dust
  23.   Face Down
  24.   The Worst
  25.   Hood Beef
  26.   U.S.G.
  27.   Getto Mentalitee
  28.   Bang 2 Dis
  29.   Bust Dat Ass
  30.   I'm So '90s
  31.   All Over by Busta Rhymes
  32.   Mad World
  33.   Wili'n Wili'n
  34.   Rock U
  35.   Hold Up
  36.   Bring 'Em out Dead
  37.   2 Wrongs
  38.   Fuck Dat
  39.   Veronica
  40.   Rob and Vic
  41.   Street Nigguz
  42.   Live!!!
  43.   Theme From "Star Wars"
  44.   Dirty Cops
  45.   It's My Life
  46.   Belly of the Beast
  47.   Frontline by Raekwon
  48.   It's On Now
  49.   Crime Pays
  50.   Call of the Wild
  51.   Robot World
  52.   Ah, and We Do It Like This
  54.   Love Is a Gun
  55.   Candy Man
  56.   Return of the Madface
  57.   Free Style
  58.   Purse Snatchaz Pt. 2
  59.   See U in Hell Pt. 2
  60.   Wet the Club
  61.   Feel Me
  62.   Onyx Is Back
  63.   Clap and Rob 'Em
  64.   Big Trucks
  65.   Slam Harder
  66.   What's Onyx
  67.   Walk in New York
  68.   Live Niguz
  69.   Shout
  70.   Life or Death (Skit)
  71.   Take That
  72.   Ghetto Starz
  73.   One Nation (Skit)
  74.   Cops
  75.   Broke Willies
  76.   Judgment Night by Biohazard
  77.   Thangz Changed
  78.   Getdafucout
  79.   Bichasbootleguz
  80.   Stik 'N' Muve
  81.   Blac Vagina Finda
  82.   Bichasniguz
  83.   Here 'N' Now
  84.   Da Mad Face Invasion
  85.   Jingle Bells, Shotgun Shells
  86.   Magnetic Eyes
  87.   If the Hood Was Mine
  88.   Mad Energy