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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.   Shifftee
  5.   We Get Live by Myster DL
  6.   Classic Terror
  7.   Shut 'Em Down
  8.   2 Wrongs
  9.   Da Nex Niguz
  10.   Veronica
  11.   Last Dayz
  12.   Slam Harder
  13.   For Nothin' (Skit)
  14.   Live Niguz
  15.   The Worst
  16.   Robot World
  17.   Hold Up
  18.   Live!!!
  19.   What U Gunna Do
  20.   Call of the Wild
  21.   Candy Man
  22.   Purse Snatchaz Pt. 2
  23.   O.N.y.X
  24.   Wet the Club
  25.   Clap and Rob 'Em
  26.   Bring 'Em out Dead
  27.   What's Onyx
  28.   Tamaris Khan
  29.   Walk in New York
  30.   Getto Mentalitee
  31.   Betta Off Dead
  32.   Shout
  33.   All We Got Iz Us (Evil Streets)
  34.   Life or Death (Skit)
  35.   Rob and Vic
  36.   It Was Onyx (Skit)
  37.   React
  38.   Phat ('N' All Dat)
  39.   Da Bounca Nigga
  40.   Atak of da Bal-Hedz
  41.   Bacdafucup
  42.   Bichasniguz
  43.   Here 'N' Now
  44.   Take That
  45.   Mad World
  46.   Onyx Is Here
  47.   Problem Child
  48.   Dirty Cops
  49.   If the Hood Was Mine
  50.   I'm So '90s
  51.   Mad Energy featuring Ill Bill
  52.   It's On Now
  53.   Ah, and We Do It Like This
  54.   Love Is a Gun
  55.   Ill Murda U featuring Gang Green
  56.   Free Style
  57.   Feel Me
  58.   Big Trucks
  59.   Hood Beef
  60.   Maintain (Skit)
  61.   Most Def
  62.   Ghetto Starz
  63.   Street Nigguz
  64.   Raze It Up
  65.   Getdafucout
  66.   Stik 'N' Muve
  67.   Rock U
  68.   It's My Life
  69.   Cuzo
  70.   Hard to Be a Thug