Hardcore hip-hop group Onyx looked like they were poised to take over the world in 1993. Their debut album, Bacdafucup, went double platinum on the strength of the hit single “Slam” and underground banger “Throw Ya Gunz.” Already popular with white rock audiences, the group crossed over further when they rerecorded “Slam” with Biohazard. The Shut ’Em Down album from 1998 featured early appearances by DMX (“Shut ’Em Down”) and 50 Cent (“React”). The group dissipated, then reformed in 2002, still led by mainmen Sticky Fingaz and Fredro Starr. Last year, the group had two major releases. The DVD Live Overseas: Da Illest Show on Earth captured the group making big crowds bounce all over the world. The album Cold Case Files: Unsolved Murders collected previously unreleased mid-’90s material, including the Method Man collaboration “Evil Streets Remix.” The vaults aren’t empty; the band still plans to release the shelved Black Rock album, a rock-oriented set that would have been its second LP. Starr told allhiphop.com, “Hopefully the hip-hop fans in Brooklyn will feel it, but it’s really not for them. It’s Hip Rock. It’s for the Lollapalooza niggas.” Onyx and Bazaar Royale play Peabody’s (2045 E. 21st St., 216.776.9999) at 7 p.m. Tickets: $10 advance, $12 day of show. — D.X. Ferris
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