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 AllHipHop.com 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."