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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
    1 song

    '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.   Classic Terror
  5.   Shifftee
  6.   We Get Live by Myster DL
  7.   Shut 'Em Down
  8.   Slam Harder
  9.   Bacdafucup
  10.   Onyx Is Here
  11.   Magnetic Eyes
  12.   U.S.G.
  13.   Most Def
  14.   Live Niguz
  15.   Raze It Up
  16.   The Worst
  17.   Stik 'N' Muve
  18.   Betta Off Dead
  19.   For Nothin' (Skit)
  20.   Walk in New York
  21.   Da Nex Niguz
  22.   If the Hood Was Mine
  23.   Belly of the Beast
  24.   What U Gunna Do
  25.   Robot World
  26.   Hard to Be a Thug
  27.   Wili'n Wili'n
  28.   Rock U
  29.   See U in Hell Pt. 2
  30.   O.N.y.X
  31.   Onyx Is Back
  32.   Clap and Rob 'Em
  33.   Big Trucks
  34.   Bang 2 Dis
  35.   Hold Up
  36.   2 Wrongs
  37.   Shout
  38.   Ghetto Starz
  39.   Fuck Dat
  40.   Veronica
  41.   Black Dust
  42.   Cops
  43.   Street Nigguz
  44.   React
  45.   Last Dayz
  46.   Da Mad Face Invasion
  47.   Return of the Madface
  48.   Live!!!
  49.   Dirty Cops
  50.   It's My Life
  51.   Frontline by Raekwon
  52.   It's On Now
  53.   Crime Pays
  54.   Love Is a Gun
  55.   Candy Man
  56.   Mad World
  57.   Ill Murda U featuring Gang Green
  58.   Purse Snatchaz Pt. 2
  59.   Hydro
  60.   Evil Streets by Method Man
  61.   Wet the Club
  62.   Bring 'Em out Dead
  63.   What's Onyx
  64.   Tamaris Khan
  65.   Maintain (Skit)
  66.   Getto Mentalitee
  67.   Punkmotherfukaz
  68.   Purse Snatchaz
  69.   All We Got Iz Us (Evil Streets)
  70.   Take That
  71.   Face Down
  72.   It Was Onyx (Skit)
  73.   Judgment Night by Biohazard
  74.   Thangz Changed