14 Songs, 45 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Best known for their chart-topping 1993 hit single "Slam," New York City's Onyx got their start in the late '80s in the Queens neighborhood of Jamaica. Discovered by Jam Master Jay, the group (Sticky Fingaz, Fredro Starr, and Sonny Steeza) had an explosive, hyperactive style, mixing extreme violence with both humor and social commentary. Their first full-length, Bacdafucup, easily went platinum, and they went on to release four more albums over the next 10 years. Their fame would dim in the '00s, but they kept busy with various tours, solo albums, guest appearances, acting careers, and indie compilation projects (two volumes of Cold Case Files). On Wakedafucup, the group's first studio album since 2003's Triggernometry, they sound as good as ever, hooking up with the German production crew Snowgoons, who provide them with a gang of appropriately hardcore beats. Their sound may be too roughneck for today's younger emo-rap fans, but older heads are definitely in for a treat. Guests include Cormega, Papoose, Reks, A$AP Ferg, and Sean Price; don't miss "We Don't F*ckin Care," "The Tunnel," "Dirty Cops," and "Buc Buc."

EDITORS’ NOTES

Best known for their chart-topping 1993 hit single "Slam," New York City's Onyx got their start in the late '80s in the Queens neighborhood of Jamaica. Discovered by Jam Master Jay, the group (Sticky Fingaz, Fredro Starr, and Sonny Steeza) had an explosive, hyperactive style, mixing extreme violence with both humor and social commentary. Their first full-length, Bacdafucup, easily went platinum, and they went on to release four more albums over the next 10 years. Their fame would dim in the '00s, but they kept busy with various tours, solo albums, guest appearances, acting careers, and indie compilation projects (two volumes of Cold Case Files). On Wakedafucup, the group's first studio album since 2003's Triggernometry, they sound as good as ever, hooking up with the German production crew Snowgoons, who provide them with a gang of appropriately hardcore beats. Their sound may be too roughneck for today's younger emo-rap fans, but older heads are definitely in for a treat. Guests include Cormega, Papoose, Reks, A$AP Ferg, and Sean Price; don't miss "We Don't F*ckin Care," "The Tunnel," "Dirty Cops," and "Buc Buc."

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