Guest Star: "Nowadays, Some Of These Rappers Are Nerds"

Monday, Sep 10, 2012 7:00PM

Written by Amber McKynzie for Sticky Fingaz

[With the popularity of rap crews like Wiz Khalifa's Taylor Gang and Lil Wayne's Young Money in full effect, Onyx's Sticky Fingaz gives SOHH readers his take on the craze and depletion of authenticity.]

I think that hip-hop is moving away from the authentic-ness, 'cause back in the day you had to be an ill person.

Like, forget the music, you're just an ill person, period! If you walk into a room, you're standing out. You're shining. The eyes are on you. You're drawing attention without even being a rap artist. You're just an ill as a person and those type of people became a few of the biggest stars.

Nowadays, some of these rappers are nerds. Some might have questionable careers before the music, and things of that nature. I think that people wanna hear what they consider good music whether it's real or unreal, which is making [the culture] more [about] entertainment.

Before, it was an art, now it's entertainment. Because Al Pacino ain't really kill all those people, but he can get on a movie and act the part! So now, I think people are just acting the parts, and that's entertainment not art. But it's cool if it works for them.

Onyx was so authentic. We ain't drop an album in 10 years. Online we just dropped an album the other day. It's a digital release on That's the only place you can get it. It's like a prequel to the album to come -- like a collection of unreleased material that we just threw out there for the hardcore Onyx fans.

Onyx was so authentic when doing our stuff, and sticking to the craft and the art of it that we didn't release an album in 10 years and we're still traveling the world. We're still packing houses; still nice. We'll go to a show or a concert, different city, different country, and will do a rap session with other dudes and da-da-da-da-da and we still shutting them down.

I think it's more important to be treated as an art than an entertainment because I think art lasts longer than entertainment.

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.

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