It’s the mad face invasion! Hip-Hop’s Heavy Metal (this and M.O.P.). Loved this album back in the day. Remember when Biggie said, “I let my tape rock until my tape popped”… That was this Onyx album for me. They were radically different for what East Coast Hip-Hop was doing in the very early 90s. Classic material right here… This week’s Re-Release is Onyx’s “Throw Ya Gunz In The Air”.
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. –Allmusic.com