ONYX – WORLD TAKE OVER

Onyx drops a brand new album that has more of a worldly feel than previous albums. On this one, not only do they give you their hardcore, gritty, street lyrics from their members, but they also employ foreign MCs from around the world to assist them. The rhymes are just as hard as you would expect with Sticky Fingaz sticking out the most as usual. The features they have on here aren’t really listed in the track listing which is odd, but at the same time, not many Americans may be familiar with these international MCs. The beats on here knock, but they also have a worldly vibe to them as well. This might not be your most New York sounding Onyx album, but fans should appreciate Onyx’s efforts to reach out, differentiate their sound, and try to appeal to the masses while still staying true to their core fanbase.


OVERALL RATING: 3.5 out of 5 Cheesesteaks


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ONYX – ONYX VS EVERYBODY

Onyx drops a brand new album that is definitely 100% in their signature lane. The sound is grimy but also updated to sound current. It has a great sound but the length of the album is too short. By chopping songs down so short, it really takes away from the joy of listening to it. These songs that are under 3 minutes has got to go. If a beat is dope and you have great MCs like the members of Onyx on it, let that song run a bit longer. Anyway, Onyx sounds great on here. They have energy and go hard on every track. The bars are great and very appropriate for the sound. They keep the beats hardcore and grimy. There is a lot of boom bap for fans to revel in. This is the soundtrack for robbing someone right here. A great job done by Onyx but it could have been longer. It was almost over before it started.


OVERALL RATING: 3.5 out of 5 Cheesesteaks


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ONYX – 1993

Onyx drops a slamming new project that sounds like it came straight outta the title of the album. 1993 is a dope album that takes it back to the glory days of Onyx. The production is slamming and definitely sounds dated like it came right out of the early 90s. It’s dope to hear that style again. There was a part of me that thought, “We can’t go back there though. That time happened and it’s over.” Nevertheless, Onyx sounds fresh as ever on this new one. Sticky Fingaz spits crazy, scary rhymes in his usual style. Fredro definitely keeps his flow strong as well. They even slightly rework some of their classic songs on here. Even though this was an older style album, it sounded fresh and projects like this are definitely needed from time to time. All hail the mad face invasion that is Onyx.

OVERALL RATING: 4 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

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ONYX – ONYX 4 LIFE

Onyx comes back hard as ever with their brand new project Onyx 4 Life. They sound as hardcore as they ever have on here. This album is chock full of boom bap, gritty street beats for you to blast in your jeep. Drums come across very hard as they keep trying to recreate more street anthems. The vocals sound pretty dope as well. You can tell they have aged a bit, but I think the intensity is still very much alive and well. Sticky Fingaz is still always trying to go for the shock value with his rhymes, but to be clear, I believe him when he says he is going to do something. All in all, this was a pretty dope album that should play through very well for Onyx fans.


OVERALL RATING: 4 out of 5 Cheesesteaks


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DJ ILLEGAL – 100 MAD MIXTAPE

DJ Illegal from the Snowgoons releases a mixtape featuring mainly Onyx with a few special guests sprinkled in. This was a pretty dope mixtape from front to back. Onyx handles the majority of the bars and they sound just as good as they ever did. You get that famous gritty and grimy New York sound from all of them. With members of the Snowgoons on production, they definitely match that sound and intensity of Onyx. They keep it raw the whole way through. There are a couple good guest features from the likes of Planet Asia, Termanology, Sean Price, and more. Another good observation about this project is that it is very cohesive. A lot of the tracks sound like they need to go together. They definitely create a good vibe both on the lyrical side and on the production side. This is one that true grimy hip hop heads will definitely want to comb through.


OVERALL RATING: 4 out of 5 Cheesesteaks


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STICKY FINGAZ – IT’S ABOUT T.I.M.E. (THE ILLEST MAN EVER)

Sticky Fingaz releases the long-awaited T.I.M.E. album and this one fell way short of what it should have been. Sticky Fingaz was always the one from Onyx that really stuck out and shined. He had crazy lyrics and an aggressive attitude which everyone loved. Hearing him sort of “sing” or have a sing-songy flow on this new project is absolutely not what anyone wanted to hear. His first solo album¬†Black Trash¬†was amazing and he just hasn’t recreated that feeling since then. Songs like “Made Me This Way” featuring Cassidy and “S.T.F.U.” featuring M.O.P. actually have some dope lyrical content and some decent beats, but it seems to be more because of the featured artists if anything. The production was pretty sub-standard over this whole project. You don’t really get any of the old bangers that Onyx was known for. This was a pretty disappointing album overall.

 

OVERALL RATING: 1 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

 

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Sticky Fingaz - It's About T.I.M.E.