Fredro Starr Introduces Onyx Spin-off, Yung Onyx


can't be the only one to bring New York back," said Onyx frontman-turned-actor

Fredro Starr. "Yung Onyx is here."With

a notable legacy that dates back to 1993, Queens, N.Y., rap team Onyx was among

the kings of gritty street anthems.No,

they aren't making a comeback, but their protégés, under the name

Yung Onyx, plan to offer that same rough edge with their own contemporary spin."There's

no more groups in the game now who bring that raw street s**t," Fredro Starr

told of the young rappers, one of which is the son of original Onyx

member Big Kie. "They

don't rap about jewelry and cars…they rap about the block."Onyx

first hit the Hip-Hop scene in 1993 with singles like "Throw Ya Guns"

and "Slam," which earned them a Soul Train Award for best rap album

that same year.Thirteen

years later, the new crew of youngsters--Khaos, 18; Khaos' cousin Skitso, 19;

M.I., 16; and Primo Starr, 19--assembled to re-create themselves in the image

of their predecessors.The

three MCs and R&B singer "Primo Starr" caught the ear of Fredro

Starr, who decided to executive-produce their debut album Bangout, which

was released on Sept. 11.The

Queens-based Hip-Hop quartet is set to release their first single "In Da

Hood Like" under South Side Records.Their

musical style, described as gritty, grimy, and "strictly for the streets"

is not only a reflection of former Onyx members, but also of present-day artists

such as Sticky Fingaz, whom the group looks up to."They

bring energy to the game and a crazy stage performance," Starr continued.

"Onyx already had a million fans worldwide for over ten years, [and] Yung

Onyx is for their little brothers. Like they say, history always repeats it self."


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