Exclusive: Onyx explain their global view of Hip Hop, working with Snowgoons and beating Dr. Dre’s ‘The Chronic’ at the 1993 ‘Soul Train Awards.’ (‘Wakedafucup’ will be the group’s eighth album)
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Talk of the late Christopher Wallace is the jumping off point for a list of what Fredro refers to as fallen soldiers. Relationships with the likes of Jam Master Jay, Tupac Shakur and group members X-1 and Big DS pepper the conversation. If Nas’ infamous line about sleep being the cousin of death is any indication, that at least partially explains why Fredro and Sticky have been so charged for the last 20-plus years. In an industry that often caters to and rewards being mentally comatose, sometimes a well-executed scream is the best option…even at 7:00 a.m.
With aggressive tracks such as the iconic ‘Slam‘ or their latest track, ‘Wakedafucup,’ it’s easy to fall into the trap of assuming Onyx simply reserves their high energy level for the recording booth. That would be an incorrect assumption. When Fredro Starr and Sticky Fingaz call from Samara, Russia at 7:00 a.m. Pacific Time—due to the 12-hour time difference between Los Angeles and Samara—the pair are just as amped up as they sound on wax.
Sticky Fingaz yells, “Wake the fuck up!” at least twice. Maybe it’s in jest, given the early interview time, or maybe he’s dead serious in regards to how Onyx feel about Hip Hop. Either way, he and Fredro feed off of one another’s energy. This is especially true when discussing their upcoming Wakedafucupalbum, which was produced entirely by the Snowgoons.
‘I think this Wakedafucup album with these niggas from Germany is gonna set the fuse off for the New York sound again,’ Fredro explains. ‘You got other niggas coming out representing that New York sound, and this is gonna be the start of it. That’s why we’re dropping it on March 9, which is the anniversary of Biggie’s death…