Manic rap trio Onyx returns after a four-year break with its fourth album, “Bacdafucup: Part 2,” due June 26 from Koch/In The Paint. Named after the group’s 1993 breakthrough debut, the album will reportedly feature the hard rhythms and energetic lyrical delivery that propelled that album and its platinum-selling, No. 4 Hot 100 hit single “Slam.”
Mobb Deep’s Havoc and X-1 guest on the new album, contributing to the fast-paced “Hold Up.” Other cuts include the ode to females “She’s Straight Gangster” and “Gun Clap Music,” on which the trio pays tribute to three of its late hip-hop heroes — Fredro Starr apes the Notorious B.I.G.’s style, Sonee Seeza raps like Big Pun, and Sticky Fingaz delivers a 2Pac-esque verse.
“We’re bringing it back to the streets,” Fingaz said in a statement about the new album. “A lot of things that’s on the radio nowadays is candy-coated. I’ll be listening to radio and I want to hear the hard s***, but it don’t exist no more.”
Fingaz and Starr, who both have been pursuing acting careers in film and TV, each released a solo album last year. Fingaz’s “[Black Trash] The Autobiography of Kirk Jones” (Universal) debuted at No. 10 on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, while Starr’s “Firestarr” (Other Peoples Money/In The Paint) debuted at No. 18 on the same tally.
“Bacdafucup: Part 2” is the first effort from Onyx since 1998’s “Shut ‘Em Down” (Def Jam), which debuted at No. 3 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and has sold 362,000 copies in the U.S. to date, according to SoundScan. The title track featuring DMX reached No. 61 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks.