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08-17-2009, 10:02 AM
Sticky Fingazís has seen some extreme highs and some lows, but heís made it farther than anybody imagined when Onyx hit the scene with ďThrow Ya Gunz.Ē The raspy, rugged baldhead clique pioneered a heavy metal, hyper-masculine brand of music thatís still seen in live shows. Now, heís created a Hip-Hop movie where actors do nothing but rap. Admittedly underrated but characteristically outspoken, Onyx front man Sticky Fingaz talks about 10-plus years in Hip-Hop and his future in the entertainment game. Oh, heís also got a word for those that donít think heís worthy of Top 5 Dead or Alive Honors.

AllHipHop.com: What makes touring overseas and doing shows in other countries different than doing shoes in America?

AllHipHop.com: Itís a long flight for starters. [laughs] I think people overseas appreciate Hip-Hop music a little but more than the States. Not that the States donít, but theyíre just crazy over there and s**t. Itís like a time warp.

AllHipHop.com: Are you surprised at the number of fans that you still have or the amount of people who are still into classic Onyx?

Sticky Fingaz: No Iím not surprised. Weíve been going over there since like í94, í95, so itís been a minute, you know what I mean? Itís just a worldwide thing. We just finished an overseas tour a few months ago. We were everywhereóRussia, Germany. It was crazy over there. You feel like you Michael Jacksonhttp://images.intellitxt.com/ast/adTypes/mag-glass_10x10.gif (http://allhiphop.com/stories/features/archive/2009/08/17/21897788.aspx#) or some s**t over there. We still poppiní over here, though. Definitely still poppiní. The whole music era has changed in the States. You got all these new cats coming up with the new sound and the down South and the T-Pains, so itís a little bit different. Itís like that happy, danciní, singiní type Hip-Hop. Itís made a complete f**kiní circle back to the Salt Ďní Pepa days and s**t when Kane and Scoob and Scrap was making up dance moves and s**t where overseas, they still stuck in the classic era, which is the Onyx era. They still want the aggressive music, the angry s**t.

AllHipHop.com: Are you critical of it coming full circle, as you say? Of what you call the ďhappy musicĒ?

Sticky Fingaz: What do you mean by critical of it?

AllHipHop.com: Do you think that it dumbs down Hip-Hop or do you think that itís just another phase of the music?

Sticky Fingaz: I donít think itís good or bad. It just is. Either you embrace it and change with the time or you change the times, you know what Iím saying. I think Iím one of the changers. I change times. I donít really jump on the bandwagon. When Onyx came out, we was the same s**t. We had changed the times because s**t was on some happy s**t back then. De La Soulhttp://images.intellitxt.com/ast/adTypes/mag-glass_10x10.gif (http://allhiphop.com/stories/features/archive/2009/08/17/21897788.aspx#) was out, Q-Tip and themóit was a happy era. And then Naughty by Nature came out. They was more street, but they still had a little bit of happy music. You down with OPP? And thatís my dude, you know what Iím sayiní?

"The reason that ďDebo the GameĒ has Autotune on it is because Iím debo-ing n****s. I was telliní T-Pain Iím deeboing s**t. that s**t was out before Hov put out ďDeath of Autotune.Ē Tell Hov to stop biting my s**t."

-Sticky Fingaz

AllHipHop.com: So who do you make your music for?

Sticky Fingaz: I make my music for myself and then I just feel like maybe I have a universal opinion so maybe what I like, everybody else likes.

AllHipHop.com: If you could mentor somebody in Hip-Hop right now, someone with raw talent but lacks direction, who would it be? Would you even do that?

Sticky Fingaz: I donít know. Probably a couple of those dudes. Nothing comes to mind immediately, though.

AllHipHop.com: Do you consider yourself Top 5 dead or alive?

Sticky Fingaz: Definitely. I feel like Iím one of the most underrated artists out there and s**t. Iím like one of the illest and I donít even get the proper due. N****s be writing albumsóI wrote a whole f**kiní movie in rap. Ainít nobody doiní that s**t. The s**t is ill, too. It got favorite actors in there. N****s ainít raising the creative bar like I am. Not to toot my own horn and s**t. Thatís why I did the movie, to let people know yaíll n****s ainít ill. Iím f**kiní ill. So yeah, you know, I see everybody else getting the critical acclaim and the money that comes with it. Meanwhile, Iím like underrated and s**t. Iím murderiní and been doing this s**t for yearsófor instance, Hip Hop Honors. They ainít never honored f**kiní Onyx. I be seeiní these little magazines and s**t, they be doing the 10 years in Hip-Hop. My name donít be nowhere in there, Onyx name donít be nowhere in there, like they trying to write us out the book of rap or some s**t.

"I feel like Iím one of the most underrated artists out there and s**t. Iím like one of the illest and I donít even get the proper due....[It's] like they trying to write [Onyx] out the book of rap or some s**t."
-Sticky Fingaz

AllHipHop.com: So why you think youíre so underrated? What is it?

Sticky Fingaz: I donít know. Maybe I started at such a young age that I didnít have my business in tact. I left too many gaps in my career. Gaps as far as not putting out albums, like concentrating on movies and s**t and forgetting about the music for a few years and coming back. S**t like that. Maybe that has something to do with itópeople want consistency I guess, you know? That never changes the illness in the person that weíre speaking about.

AllHipHop.com: So how long did it take you to write the material for ďA Day in the LifeĒ?

Sticky Fingaz: Oh, that s**t was easy. I wrote that s**t in a flash. It took me a long time to film it because I was spending my own money shooting the movie and I was working with other peopleís schedules and s**t. So it took a long time to shoot it, but writing it was easy. I already wrote the second one. The second one is shot, in the can and everything. Itís got Vivica Fox, Cedric the Entertainer, Angie Stone, Joe Torrey, Malik Yobaóitís crazy.

AllHipHop.com: So itís a sequel?

Sticky Fingaz: Nah, itís not a sequel, but itís the same concept where the whole movie is in rap. But itís a different story and different actors, you know what I mean? Just like my niche. Iím good at that and it just flows freely, so I said Ďhey, let me just do another one and keep doiní that s**t. So if somebody else do one, they be like, Ďoh thatís Sticky s**t. Get the f**k outta here.í

Sticky Fingaz "A Day In The Life" trailer
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AllHipHop.com: Where did the concept come from? Why a whole movie in rap?

Sticky Fingaz: I got the concept a while ago cuz you gotta figure my first album, Black Trash, was just like that. The whole entire album was a movie and s**t. But I never had the funding to make the actual movie. So the album was the movie. This time, I got the funding. First I started spending my own money, then I got finishing funds from Lions Gate, you know what I mean? I just feel like if you wanna do something, you gotta just put your mind to it and donít let nothiní stop you. So I did the s**t. And itís doing well. The streets is receiving well, the numbers are great, so I think people are startiní to realize and recognize the s**t. But it donít stop there. Then Iíma do another and another, then Iíma do a TV series like that and keep droppiní these s**ts on muthaf**kas.

AllHipHop.com: Speakiní of which, do you miss ďPlatinumĒ? We loved that show.

Sticky Fingaz: Oh, I loved that s**t. That was like a party on set everyday. Sticky had the party trailer. It was poppiní. I was like, Ďoh, Iím gettiní paid to do this s**t. Are you serious?í I was just having too much fun.


AllHipHop.com: I know you were disappointed when it got canceled.

Sticky Fingaz: I wasnít disappointed. It was what it was. It was fun while it lasted. Good things donít last forever, you know what I mean. All good things must come to an end. It was fun while it lasted, boom. Move on to the next show. Next show after that wasóI was playing a soldier in the TV show ďOver There.Ē After that, I was the first rapper to ever be a superhero. I played ďBladeĒ in a TV show. Thatís what it is, man. The world may not know this, but weíve always been the first to do s**t, to change s**t. As far as Onyx, we the first rappers to make Black street kids slam dance and stage dive, the first rapper to ever be a f**kiní superhero, the first rapper to ever put out a whole entire movie in rap. We donít follow other people. We make our own paths.

AllHipHop.com: I asked you how you felt about being in the Top 5 but I didnít get the rest of your picks.

Sticky Fingaz: I donít got a Top 5 Dead or Alive. Itíd take me too long to think about it. I donít know. Iím not a chooser. People be like, "hey, what you want for dinner?" or some s**t. Well, I donít eat beef and I donít eat pork so get whatever, you know what Iím saying? Iím not really a chooser like that. I would just definitely be one of the people in my own top 5.

AllHipHop.com: Thatís funnyómy next question is about you choosing acting roles.

Sticky Fingaz: People approach me, sometimes I audition and sometimes I make my own movies.

AllHipHop.com: OK. So do you plan to release a version of ďDeebo the GameĒ with no Autotune?

Sticky Fingaz: Umm, nah not really. Itís already out so just leave that s**t like that. The reason that ďDeebo the GameĒ has Autotune on it is because Iím deeboing n****s. I was telliní T-Pain Iím deeboing s**t. Gimme that, homie. But he can have that s**t back now. I used it once. Thatís enough. I actually have a record we was gonna put out called OnyxDomain.com and it says ďIím bout to take that T-Pain s**t and break that s**t.Ē Actually, that s**t was out before Hov put out ďDeath of Autotune.Ē We just didnít mass release it. We just released it on the Onyx website, like a little teaser for the fans and s**t. Tell Hov to stop biting my s**t.

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AllHipHop.com: Can you tell me about the rock album that Onyx is working on?

Sticky Fingaz: Yeah, that s**t is crazy. I think itís gonna be Onyxís biggest album. Just like ďSlamĒ was Onyxís biggest song, I think this is gonna be Onyxís biggest album cuz you know we just embrace things. All our shows we go to, majority of them, overseas, in the States, is like 80% white peopleógoing crazy, slam dancing, stage diving, throwing water, climbing podiums. It got that rock element, so we just embracing it. we still keeping it street, still keeping it hard.

08-21-2009, 11:14 AM
Sticky Fingaz is a funny guy. I've always liked his lyrics and he says some funny stuff sometimes. I don't wanna hear Onyx doing a rock album. I won't be listening to that. I wanna hear that hardcore shit from them like on their first 3 albums. Fuck a rock album LOL. He commented on Platinum tv show. I liked that show. I got all the episodes on dvd. There was only 5 episodes LOL. I hate it when these gay tv networks cancel shows that are good. Sticky Fingaz sister on Platinum is hot and he fucked Melyssa Ford on one episode LOL.