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Onyx Biography

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Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York
Years Active: 1988 - present
Genres: Hip Hop

Onyx is a hardcore hip-hop group with its members originating from South Jamaica and Queens, New York. The group consists of the trio Sticky Fingaz, Fredro Starr and Sonsee, with the late Big DS departing the group after their debut album.

The foursome came together in 1988 released the 12-inch single, “Ah, And We Do It Like This,” in 1990. 1992 marked the arrival of their second single, “Throw Ya Gunz,” which led to a record deal with Def Jam Records.

The group's debut album, “Bacdafucup,” was issued in 1993, and was met with positive reviews and heavy airplay on the radio and MTV, particularly the hit single “Slam” which reached #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. The album was certified platinum by the RIAA and reached #17 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart.

The group hit the studio and began to work on their second album, “All We Got Iz Us,” however Big DS left the group during the recording as he felt he wasn't getting equal creative input with the group's music. Onyx released, “All We Got Iz Us,” in 1995 to less critical acclaim and commercial success. Despite the warm reviews the album achieved moderate sales.

The group took some time off from making another album and appeared in a number of feature films for the next few years, such as 1996’s “Clockers, Sunset Park” and 1995’s “Dead Presidents,” in addition to television appearances on FX's “The Shield” and on HBO's “The Wire.”

Onyx re-emerged in 1998 with their third album, “Shut 'Em Down,” which featured appearances from DMX, Lost Boyz, Raekwon, Method Man, Big Pun, Noreaga and 50 Cent. The album was a critical and commercial success, reaching #10 on the Billboard 200. It spawned two hit singles, “React” and “Shut 'Em Down.”

The trio left Def Jam Records and released, “Bacdafucup Part II” in 2002 on Koch Records, followed by, “Triggernometry,” on D3 Entertainment in 2003. Former member Big DS embarked on a solo career after his departure from the group, releasing one solo album before his death from cancer in 2003. A new compilation album, “Cold Case Files: Murda Investigation” arrived in 2008. It was followed by a second compilation album, “Cold Case Files Vol. 2” in 2012.