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Finding The GOAT Group: ONYX vs. M.O.P. Who Is Better?

“Finding the GOAT Group,” the fourth installment of Ambrosia For Heads’s annual battle series features Hip-Hop’s greatest collectives vying for the #1 spot. Sixty-two groups have been pre-selected by a panel of experts, and one slot will be reserved for a wild-card entry, including the possibility for write-in candidates, to... Read more

25 Years Ago, ONYX Knew Just How To Make Heads Back Up & Slam (Video)

On Friday (March 30), ONYX's debut album Bacdafucup turned 25 years old. The LP is quintessential Big Apple "tough-guy Rap" and perhaps one of the more hardcore Hip Hop albums of all-time. Back in 1991, the group sent a demo of some of their earliest music to Jam Master Jay,... Read more

Wu-Tang Clan & ONYX’s “The Worst” Was 1 Of The Best Crew Collabos (Video)

When Wu-Tang Clan emerged with their debut album Enter The Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers in 1993, it warned the Rap world to protect its neck from the collective's chokehold. ONYX did the same when they "slammed" anything and anyone in their way. Five years later, in 1998, Wu-Tang and ONYX reached... Read more

Respect The Sole: A New Collection Of Hip-Hop Sneakers Is Genius (Video)

Sneakers and Hip-Hop have been hand-in-hand for more than 30 years. In 1986 Run-D.M.C. screamed "My Adidas" so loud that the German apparel brand responded with a check. That relationship has evolved to JAY-Z, 50 Cent, and Kanye West signing off on shoe lines, and some equally great Rap lines... Read more

ONYX May Have Never Slammed If They Weren’t Stuck In Traffic With Jam Master Jay (Video)

Run-D.M.C.'s Jam Master Jay was instrumental in the development of fellow Queens, New York Hip-Hop group ONYX. Later on, Jay would ink Jayo Felony and 50 Cent, but no artist experienced more success on JMJ Records than Fredro Starr, Sticky Fingaz and company. Jay signed ONYX and secured the Def... Read more

Dres, Ras Kass, ONYX & More Bring Great ’90s Rap Back (Audio)

The Snowgoons are gifted in helping veteran Hip-Hop artists find new dimension in their catalogs. That is precisely why M.O.P., Parrish "PMD" Smith, ONYX, Reef The Lost Cauze and others have trusted the German quarter with major albums in their respective discographies. On their own, Det Gunner, Sicknature, DJ Illegal,... Read more

Seth Rogen Smashes The Roots’ “Mellow My Man” In An Epic Lip Sync Battle (Video)

Among the many stunts Jimmy Fallon stages with his guests, some of the best are his lip sync battles. Over the years, he's waged war with Tom Cruise, Will Ferrell, Ellen DeGeneres and Kevin Hart, to name a few. His latest matchup was against fellow funnyman Seth Rogen and, as... Read more

Ras Kass, Bumpy Knuckles & ONYX Troll Internet Thugs, Like Mr. Robot (Video)

Ras Kass, Bumpy Knuckles and ONYX are from a different school, and they wear that distinction with pride. There's is one where quality comes first, and trends are to be made, not to be chased. On Ras' "Downward Spiral," Bumpy and ONYX join him in the fight to save Hip-Hop... Read more

Listen To The Best Hip-Hop Of April 2016 In One Playlist (Audio)

For years to come, April 2016 will be remembered as the month that brought purple snow in the form of Prince's death. In the wake of his departure, there have been countless tributes in the form of covers of his songs, new releases dedicated to him, and vaulted gems that... Read more

ONYX & Chris Rivers Unite Against Dirty Cops (Audio)

In 2014, ONYX released their first album in 11 years. While the LP, which was produced by the Snowgoons, maintained the hardscrabble Rap style that is core to ONYX, the substance of their raucous rhymes was different. Rather than slamming and taking out their competitors, Fredro Starr and Sticky Fingaz... Read more

Hear The Best Hip-Hop of March 2016 In One Playlist (Audio)

For Hip-Hop fans, March 2016 will forever be associated with the loss of Phife Dawg from A Tribe Called Quest. Less than 2 weeks after his sudden passing, fans worldwide are still mourning. While March 22 undoubtedly will become an annual day of reflection and celebration for Hip-Hop, there were... Read more

Ras Kass, Bumpy Knuckles & ONYX Take It Back To The Days Of Hard-Nosed Hip-Hop (Audio)

Yesterday, Ras Kass announced that he is working on Soul On Ice 2, a sequel to his heralded debut album, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. Ras has started a crowd funding campaign to raise money to record the album and he is seeking $35,000. He wastes no time... Read more

ONYX’s Sonny Seeza Goes For His By Slamming A Classic Breakbeat (Audio Premiere)

ONYX's Sonny Seeza has been instrumental to the group's success since the early 1990s. Along with the high-profile personalities of MC/actors Sticky Fingaz and Fredro Starr, Sonny added a ruggedness, anger, and aggression that forever mean-mugged the face of Hip-Hop since. The Brooklyn, New Yorker is a platinum artist (thanks... Read more

M.O.P. vs. ONYX May Make Heads Ante Up & Slam Down Some Cash (Video)

M.O.P. and ONYX both emerged on the scene around the same time. These early 1990s New York City Hip-Hop crews won over Rap fans and beyond with an energy that at times, was Punk Rock and Heavy Metal. Both acts loved yelling, screaming, and barking into the microphones, as they... Read more

Keith Murray Apologizes For His Poor Battle Against Fredro Starr & Says He Was on Meds (Video)

Earlier this week, Keith Murray and Fredro Starr battled at Brooklyn, New York’s Milk River. The battle was over a year in the making, having already been postponed once. When the event finally did take place, fans were incensed by what they viewed as a completely one-sided performance, in favor... Read more

Fredro Starr Dismantles Keith Murray In Their Battle & They Nearly Come To Blows (Video)

After more than a year of hype, promotion, and anticipation, Keith Murray and Fredro Starr finally battled. Yesterday, the October 4 battle at Brooklyn, New York's Milk River saw the two 1990s major label stars from their crews (Def Squad and ONYX, respectively) square off in a crowded boxing ring.... Read more

Keith Murray & Fredro Starr’s MC Battle Is Back On The Books (Video)

UPDATE: In the summer of 2014, it was announced that veteran 1990s MCs Keith Murray (Def Squad/UnderGods) and Fredro Starr (ONYX) would face off in a competitive battle. After the event was promoted, it postponed. More than one year after it was first reported, the match-up is back on. Next... Read more

Travel Back To A Funkmaster Flex Playlist With ONYX, Redman & Kool G Rap (Mix)

Even before he was dropping bombs, Funkmaster Flex was explosive to airwaves. On May 7, 1993 the DJ assisted the newly-launched HOT 97 set the weekends off proper. The Bronx, New York mixmaster began an 11pm-2am "Friday Night Street Jam" show on 97.1 FM, bringing the energy of the streets... Read more

Listen to the Best Hip-Hop of April 2015 in One Playlist (Audio)

The month of April 2015 in Hip-Hop brought some welcomed surprises. A slew of artists released high quality freestyles over classic 90s beats, including Fabolous, Jadakiss, Styles P and Lloyd Banks, to name a few. Raekwon laid the groundwork for his F.I.L.A. (Fly International Luxurious Art) album, with releases featuring... Read more

ONYX’s Latest Protest Song Advocates “No Justice, No Peace” (Audio)

ONYX (Sticky Fingaz and Fredro Starr) recently released "Against All Authorities," an outcry against the agencies that are not protecting nor serving all people. The New York City vets rallied up the troops and pointed fingers at law enforcement, courts, and legislators. Now, the stripped-down lineup of the 100 Mad... Read more

ONYX Are Back and Ready to Revolt Against All Corrupt Authorities (Audio)

Since the days of "Slam," ONYX have always made fighting music. As the years have progressed, so has the message for Sticky Fingaz and Fredro Starr. The two have returned with more riot music but the target is very different than before. "Against All Authorities," their new release and the... Read more

This Throwback Hip-Hop VIDEO Mix Will Blow Your Mind (Video)

Here's an absolutely devastating throwback Hip-Hop video mix from UK DJ E Double D. The mix and song selection, from the late 80s and early 90s, would be enough but, the added layer of overlaying visuals takes it to a completely different level. E Double pulls out clips featuring Eric... Read more

ONYX Attacks For Halloween In The Realest (Video)

Complete with 100 MAD jack o'lanterns, ONYX's "The Realest" is right and exact for the Halloween season. Sticky Fingaz and Fredro Starr travel to Lancaster, Pennsylvania to mash out and put their hands on folks in this pumped-up Snowgoons production from this year's WakeDaFucUp. Security cameras can't save you from... Read more

Fredro Starr Takes Heads For A Walk In His New York (Video)

Over a year ago, ONYX's Fredro Starr and Brown Bag AllStar's Audible Doctor released "That New York." The track illustrates the NYC that Starr come up in, from stick-up kids, to bodegas, stuntin' on 7th Avenue, to ski-mask maneuvers. So for the video, Fredro gives it to you live: Related:... Read more

Discover The Origins Of ONYX Straight From The Source (Audio)

One of the first groups to show the East Coast exactly what wilin' out means was the fearsome foursome known as ONYX. Formed in 1988, Sticky Fingaz, Fredro Starr, Sonny Seeza, and Big DS would go on to create their critically acclaimed, Def Jam released, debut album, Bacdafucup in '93... Read more

This Week in Hip-Hop Brought a Righteous Verse from Lecrae, Videos from Common, Cormega, ONYX, YG & More (Video Playlist)

This week in Hip-Hop video brought some heavy hitters, including Lecrae conquering Sway's 5 Swingers of Death MC challenge with a righteous verse, 19-year old Kanye freestyling, new music videos from Cormega, Common, ONYX, YG, 2 Chainz, Chance the Rapper and more, Snoop interviewing Jimmy Kimmel, short clips on Apollo... Read more

ONYX Relesase Some More Mean-Mugging Fight Music (Video)

Aside from M.O.P., few artists consistently release music more riot-inspiring than ONYX. Sticky Fingaz and Fredro Starr are back with a video for one of their latest head clappers. Check out "Turnda___up." Related: ONYX Kicks That 100 Mad Rah-Rah In Buc Bac (Video)... Read more

ONYX Kicks That 100 Mad Rah-Rah In Buc Bac (Video)

Less than three months removed from WakeDaFucUp, ONYX is far from done promoting the Snowgoons-produced LP. Sticky Fingaz and Fredro Starr have no love for weakness on "Buc Bac." The apocalyptic, black-and-white visual finds the Queens-Brooklyn tandem down in their bunker, ready for war on the happy-go-lucky, soft-hearted Hip-Hop out... Read more

New DJ Quik, Cam’ron, Talib Kweli, ONYX, The Roots…Here’s The Week in Hip-Hop Video (Video Playlist)

This week in Hip-Hop video brought new music videos from DJ Quik, The Roots, Cam'ron, Talib Kweli & Raekwon, unbelievable freestyles from Black Thought and Prevail, a stylized faux trailer from Jay Z & Beyonce and more. See it all in the video playlist below. Related: Last Week in Hip-Hop... Read more

DJ Kay Slay Releases a Video for His Grimy ONYX & Outlawz Collaboration (Video)

Last week, DJ Kay Slay released The Last Hip Hop Disciple, a mixtape chock full of grimy goodness. One of the most rugged tracks was an unlikely collaboration between ONYX and 2Pac's Outlawz. That record, My Brother's Keeper, now gets the video treatment. Check it out. Related: Here’s Kay Slay’s... Read more

Here’s Kay Slay’s New Mixtape Featuring Raekwon, Young Buck, ONYX, Jay Rock, Joell Ortiz, Tony Yayo & Many More (Mixtape)

DJ Kay Slay has released his new mixtape, The Last Hip Hop Disciple. The project is STACKED with artists of all styles, including Raekwon, Young Buck, ONYX, Jay Rock, Joell Ortiz, Tony Yayo, Papoose, Jon Connor, Memphis Bleek, Sheek Louch, Vado, Gunplay, Trae tha Truth, Saigon, Chi Ali, Locksmith and... Read more

DJ Kay Slay Brings The Outlawz & ONYX Together on My Brother’s Keeper (Audio)

DJ Kay Slay brings together ONYX and 2Pac's Outlawz on My Brother's Keeper. This is from Kay Slay's upcoming album, The Last Hip Hop Disciple. Check it out. Related: ONYX - Whut Whut (Video)... Read more

Watch ONYX’s Sticky Fingaz & Fredro Starr Brutally Body A Freestyle (Video)

HipHopDX & Team BackPack's Rooftop Freestyle series in Hollywood has included some buzzing names in Hip-Hop's come-up scene. Additionally, a host of veterans have rolled through and kicked some verses in the sunshine. However, can anybody ever say they came as hard as Fredro Starr and cousin Sticky Fingaz? The... Read more

WakeDaFucUp With The New ONYX LP, Their First Studio Album In 11 Years (Album Stream)

After a strong buzz building, ONYX's sixth studio album (and first true LP in 11 years), WakeDaFucUp, hits retailers. This LP is produced entirely by veteran European production crew The Snowgoons. Featuring Cormega, Sean Price, A$AP Ferg and others, WakeDaFucUp (released on the Queens crew's own Mad Money label) is... Read more

Stairwell Jux, Timberland Beat Downs & Mean Mugs Flourish In ONYX’s Whut Whut (Video)

Last week, ONYX unleashed "Whut Whut," the Snowgoons-produced fight-inciter from WakeDaFucup. The album, an homage of sorts to BacDaFucUp, drops tomorrow (March 18th). So with that, Sticky Fingaz and Fredro Starr drop off the visual, which could be easily mistaken for a 1992 leftover, with the attitude, the imagery, and... Read more

Feeling Stressed? ONYX Knows The Time In Whut Whut (Audio)

Like confrontational Rap? ONYX are living, breathing, active masters in the angst-ridden, combative Hip-Hop that emerged in the Horrorcore era, but applies especially in today's stressful times. Sticky Fingaz and Fredro Starr link with The Snowgoons production outfit (Ill Bill, Sean Price, Slaine) for "Whut Whut." The song fits nicely... Read more

This Week in Hip-Hop Video Brought an Eclectic Mix of Gritty Visuals & Old School Memories (Video Playlist)

The past week in Hip-Hop video brought our first look at Andre 3000 as Jimi Hendrix, Schoolboy Q revealing that he wanted the world to end in 2012, Game throwing flames at 50 Cent & Suge Knight, Marley Marl reminiscing, and new music videos from Run the Jewels, Smif-n-Wessun, The... Read more

ONYX Take it Back to the Tunnel with Cormega & Papoose (Audio)

In the '90, NYC's club The Tunnel was a premier destination for listening to Hip-Hop, particularly when you wanted to get raucous. ONYX pay homage to the venerable venue, on their single The Tunnel, and they bring Cormega and Papoose along for the celebration. Check out the video. Related: ONYX... Read more

Here’s a Playlist of the Best Hip-Hop to Drop in February 2014 (Audio Playlist)

February was a short month but it was not short on good music. Here's a playlist of some of the best Hip-Hop to drop in the month. You'll hear music from Schoolboy Q, Big Boi, Slum Village, Inspectah Deck, Black Milk, Rick Ross, Onyx, Snoop & Madlib, Prodigy & Alchemist,... Read more

ONYX Brings Worlds Together, Courtesy Of A$AP Ferg & Sean Price On This Defiantly New York Track (Audio)

Last year, A$AP Ferg recruited ONYX for his major label debut, Trap Lord. Sticky Fingaz and company shined on the album, bridging the generations... and showing how not giving a f**k never really ages. The favor is returned now, as ONYX get Ferg, and an early '90s Rap contemporary for... Read more

The Week in Video Featured Kanye Uncut, Words by Rakim, Redman’s Release & More (Video Playlist)

Last week was a strong one in Hip-Hop video programming. We got a spectacular short film on Rakim, a hilarious promo from Redman, a behind the scenes look at how Ice Cube got his name on the Goodyear blimp, an uncut speech from Kanye West, music videos from Phife, Mac... Read more

ONYX Punched Hip-Hop Dead in the Face with WakeDaF*cUp. Here’s the Video (Video)

ONYX issued the supreme wake up call earlier in the week that they are back and here to get Hip-Hop back on track with their new single, WakeDaF*cUp. They bring just as much energy and aggression to the video. Check it out. Related: Onyx is Reuniting in 2014…But First Here... Read more

ONYX Put Their Hands Around the Throat of Hip-Hop and Shake It on Their New Single (Audio)

ONYX is back with an aggressive new track addressing all the things they think are wrong with today's Hip-Hop. In a word, they see the music as "soft" and this is their collective call to all MCs to Wakedaf*cup. Check it out. Related: Onyx Reminds Listeners That They Still Get... Read more

Onyx is Reuniting in 2014…But First Here are a New Album and Video from Fredro Starr (Audio & Video)

In advance of Onyx's upcoming reunion album (see below), Fredro Starr has released a solo project that was produced entirely by Audible Doctor. You can stream all of Made in the Streets below, as well as watch the first video from the LP below. And about that new album... MAD... Read more

Onyx Reminds Listeners That They Still Get Live, With A Hand From Statik Selektah (Audio)

Arguably, Onyx has not made a new studio album since 2003's Triggernometry. The Cold Case Files series balanced new recordings with old recordings in the digital format. However, Sticky Fingaz, Sonsee and Fredro Starr have all stayed busy in various forms. Now working on Cuzo the mad-face is back at... Read more

Fredro Starr – That New York

Fredro Starr spits that Onyx flame over a rolling funky bass line. His delivery is more low key than back in the day but it still knocks. Check out That New York. Related: Oh No – Whoop Ass ft Sticky Fingaz (Audio)... Read more

Onyx – Cuzo (Video)

Onyx are back with a new video. Check out Cuzo. Related: A look at why Def Jam is the most important hip-hop record label of all time (Video Playlist)... Read more

Was there ever any question that Def Jam Recordings would be the #1 most important hip-hop record label of all time??? Here’s a 30-song playlist of music from some of the legendary Def Jam artists: LL, Public Enemy, The Beastie Boys, Redman, Method Man and more.

Before record labels were considered “the enemy” their brands actually meant something. Artists dreamed of being on the same label as the MCs they grew up idolizing and some labels had such credibility fans would buy the record just because it was on that label. We decided to look at... Read more

Ed Lover – Yo! MTV Raps Old School Mix (Mixtape)

Yo! MTV Raps is making a return for 1 night only tonight at midnight on MTV2, right after the Sucker Free Awards. To commemorate the event, Ed Lover got on the wheels at New York's Hot 97 to do an old school mix of music from the Yo! era (Nice... Read more