What a time to be alive
According to Complex, the NYC-based rap group Onyx experienced one of the worst fall-offs “in rap history.” Breaking out in the late ’80s, the group’s claim-to-fame came after their hit “Slam.” Following their debut LP, they gave hip hop albums like All We Got Iz Us and Wakedafucup. Onyx even graced ASAP Ferg’s debut studio album, Trap Lord.
They’ve been quiet recently, but during an interview with DJ Vlad, Onyx’s Fredro Starr and Sticky Fingaz brought fans back to the “height of the east coast/west coast” rivalry. The New York natives talked about their relationship with the late Tupac Shakur, before touching on their infamous performance of “Walk in New York” at Los Angeles’ House of Blues.
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“We had a good relationship with him. Very good,” Fredro said about Onyx’s rapport with Tupac. “I mean, it wasn’t like… I wasn’t callin’ the ni**a up, like, ‘Yo, my ni**a, come through.’ But when I saw him, it was like, ‘Yo, hood up my ni**a.'”
Fredro then began recalling a memory he’d “never forget,” the time him and Pac partied at The Tunnel together. “The Tunnel was the illest club in New York at the time. Funkmaster Flex. Rest in peace, Big Kap. Cipha Sounds. All that whole s**t,” he said. “The Tunnel was crazy, cause you run in The Tunnel, they was robbing ni**as right in front of you in The Tunnel. You walk in The Tunnel, ni**as walkin out with they face slashed.”
“One time we was in The Tunnel with Pac,” he continued. “The nigga had the ill cross on. Diamonds! And I said, ‘Yo, my niggia, I shoulda wore my sunglasses. We start laughing and s**t. We pop bottles and s**t.”
Moving on to discuss their House of Blues performance, the duo remembered being “back stage contemplating” whether or not to perform “Walk in New York.” The song — which was a NYC anthem of sorts, detailing “the way we walk in New York” — could have easily been a flop in the West Coast.
“And when we did ‘Walk in New York,’ guess what Pac did… Came to the front of the stage, like ‘Yeah, that’s my s**t,'” Fredro said. “And I’m like, ‘Oh, s**t, this ni**a Pac right there.'”
Fredro and Sticky aren’t the only ones who have recently reminisced about Tupac. During an interview with Steve Harvey, Keyshia Cole recalled the last time she spoke to Tupac and reveled how “Playa Cardz Right,” her collab with the rapper, came to fruition.
“He told me that we were gonna do a song together the night that he got shot in Vegas. And it was just weird though because, like, the night that he was saying that he wanted me to work with him when we get back to LA… It seemed like he was talking like he knew he wasn’t gonna make it,” she shared on Steve Harvey’s talk show. “Like, literally. So, I was just like, ‘Well why you just said that we were gonna do a song together… Like why are you talking to me like you’re not gonna make it back to LA.’”
She went on to say that Tupac offered her “a lot of advice” about her career, telling her that she’ll be “a huge star” and to just “stay focused.”
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