Onyx inked a deal with Def Jam and were promised an album which became 1993’s Bacdafucup LP. The album met with great commercial success, including heavy airplay on radio and MTV for the single “Slam”. Onyx also performed with Biohazard on the tune “Judgment Night”, taken from the soundtrack album of the same name. Onyx also received critical acclaim, winning Soul Train’s album of the year.
In 1995, Onyx released their second album All We Got Iz Us. The release was followed by another gap in albums, but the members remained in the public eye by appearing in several movies, including Clockers, Sunset Park (1996), and Dead Presidents (1995). And TV on FX Network’s “The Shield” and on HBO’s “The Wire.”
Onyx returned in 1998 with their third album Shut ‘Em Down, which featured appearances from DMX, Lost Boyz, Raekwon, Method Man, Big Pun, Noreaga and a then-unknown 50 Cent. This album found critical as well as commercial success. The album produced two singles “React” and “Shut ‘Em Down”, the latter featuring DMX. After leaving Def Jam, the group returned in 2002 with Bacdafucup Part II and “Sa’ad Part 4” released on Koch Records, Followed by the 2003 release Triggernometry on D3 Entertainment.