Onyx

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Onyx

Onyx hailing from South Jamaica, Queens, New York, consists of Sticky Fingaz, Fredro Starr and Sonsee (formerly Suavé and Sonee Seeza).

The group was formed in 1988 and Onyx released its first 12″ single, “Ah, And We Do It Like This”, in 1990. The song revealed a jazz influence, unlike their later work. In 1991, Onyx was going to present a demo to Jam Master Jay at Def Jam, but Big DS and Sonee Seeza (then only known as Suavé) were in Connecticut at the time, so Fredro Starr called up his cousin Sticky Fingaz (who lived in Brooklyn). Once Sticky Fingaz joined the group, the group released Throw Ya Gunz in 1992.

After the track Onyx signed a recording contract with Def Jam and were promised an album which became 1993′s Bacdafucup LP. The album met with great commercial success, including heavy airplay on radio and MTV for the single “Slam”. During this years they met Italian rapper Duke Montana. Onyx also performed with Biohazard on the tune “Judgment Night”, taken from the soundtrack album of the same name. Onyx also received critical acclaim, winning Soul Train’s album of the year.

Big DS left the group during the recording of All We Got Iz Us because he felt he wasn’t getting enough time on the microphone.[citation needed] In 1995, Onyx released their second album All We Got Iz Us. While the album was much less successful commercially, it proved to be a critical success. In the August 2008 issue of VIBE, All We Got Iz Us was listed as the best produced rap album of 1995 and one of twenty albums every fan of hip-hop must own.

The release was followed by another gap in albums, but the members remained in the public eye by appearing in several movies, including Clockers, Sunset Park (1996), and Dead Presidents (1995). Both rappers continue to appear in movies and television, appearing on the FX Network on The Shield and on CBS’s CSI: Miami. Onyx returned in 1998 with their third album Shut ‘Em Down, which featured appearances from DMX, Lost Boyz,Raekwon, Method Man, Big Pun, Noreaga and a then-unknown 50 Cent. This album found critical as well as commercial success. The album produced two singles “React” and “Shut ‘Em Down”, the latter featuring DMX.

 

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Since 1984: Onyx Released Their Third Album, "Shut 'Em Down" On Def Jam Recordings

Since 1984: On this day, June 2, 1998, Onyx released their third album, “Shut ‘Em Down” on Def Jam Recordings. What was your favorite track from this album? Tell us below in the comment section.

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Nah Right "Top 20 Videos of 1993" #14: Onyx - "Slam"

Nah Right recently put together a very impressive and detailed list of their “Top 20 Videos of 1993″; coming in at #14 is the classic Def Jam hit by Onyx “Slam”. And if you were around in 1993, who could forget “Slam”… Onyx was huge in 1993! Yo, Sticky Fingaz verse on this? Wow. Rap…

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"React"

“React” was the lead single released from Onyx‘s third album, Shut ‘Em Down. It featured Onyx affiliates X-1, Bonifucco and Still Livin’ and a then unknown 50 Cent in his first official appearance on a song. React was released on June 2, 1998 through Def Jam Recordings and was produced by Bud’da. This was the…

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"Shut em Down" Ft. DMX

“Shut ‘Em Down” was the first single released from Onyx’s third album, Shut ‘Em Down. The song featured labelmate DMX and was the group’s final single to enter the Billboard charts, peaking at 61 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks. The official remix, which also appeared on the Shut ‘Em Down album, featured rappers,…

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"Live Niguz"

“Live Niguz“, also known by its censored title “Live!!!” is a single by Onyx from Def Jam’s The Show: The Soundtrack. Produced by all three members of Onyx, “Live!!!” only found minor success on the R&B and rap charts, becoming the group’s first single not to reach the Billboard Hot 100. The song also appeared…

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"Shiftee"

“Shifftee” was the third and final single released from Onyx’s debut album, Bacdafucup. Produced by Chyskillz and Jam-Master Jay, “Shifftee” was not as successful as the first two singles, but it still managed to make to four different Billboard charts, peaking at 2 on the Hot Rap Singles.

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"Judgement Night"

Watch Onyx’s video for “Judgement Night”.

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"Slam"

“Slam” was the second single released from Onyx’s debut album, Bacdafucup. Released on May 11, 1993 as the album’s lead single, “Slam” was Onyx’s breakthrough single, making it to 4 on the US Billboard 100 and was the group’s second straight single to make it to 1 on the Rap charts. The main chant of…

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