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Onyx is an American East Coast hardcore hip hop group from South Jamaica, Queens, New York. The group consists of Sticky Fingaz, Fredro Starr and Sonsee (formerly Suavé and Sonee Seeza). The late Big DS (Marlon Fletcher) was also a member, but left after the group’s debut album.
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”. 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. After leaving Def Jam, the group returned in 2002 with Bacdafucup Part II and “Sa’ad Part 4″ released on Koch Records, Followed by the 2003 release Triggernometry on D3 Entertainment.
There has been a low-level argument between Onyx member Fredro Starr and 50 Cent. According to the Rap News Network, 50 Cent started a confrontation with Fredro Starr at the 2003 Vibe Awards. In a 2003 interview Fredro Starr explained, “50 Cent basically started shit with me, started a scuffle, and a bodyguard broke us up. He’s a punk. He’s disrespectful to Jam Master Jay ever since he passed”. In an interview with the Source magazine, Fredro Starr said that 50 Cent had been disrespectful towards the Onyx rap group even though Onyx had given him his first breakthrough on a song called “React” from the 1998 album, Shut ‘Em Down. Former member Big DS released one solo album after his departure from the group. On May 22, 2003 he died from complications from cancer. In the summer of 2006, Fredro released a project known as Yung Onyx. In June 2008, Onyx released their debut DVD: “Onyx: 15 Years of Videos, History and Violence”. The DVD contains every Onyx video digitally remastered with optional commentary, all solo videos, and over an hour of rare footage all the way back from 1992. A new Onyx album, titled The Black Rock, was rumoured for a 2006/2007 release but did not surface. The album is now scheduled for a release at the end of 2010, with a new title, 100 Mad. Prior to the album release, Onyx released a new project which is called “Cuzo”.
Onyx performed in August 2012 at the 13th annual Gathering of the Juggalos in Cave-in-Rock, Illinois. Onyx also performed in 2009 at the 10th annual Gathering of the Juggalos. In August of 2012, Onyx also released their first “new” album in years, titled “Cold Case Files: Vol 2″. The album is unique in that it is only available from OnyxDomain.com; as the purchase is digital, all proceeds go to the group. On October 31, 2012, fresh from touring overseas, ONYX released the Official Video on YouTube from their first single off of the new album “CUZO” entitled, “BELLY OF THE BEAST”.