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. 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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