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All We Got Iz Us is the second album by American hip hop group Onyx, released on October 24, 1995 by JMJ Records and Rush Associated Labels. The album was produced by Onyx. The album features guest appearances from rap group All City and rapper from Queens, Panama P.I.

All We Got Iz Us
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Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 24, 1995 (US)
Recorded1994-1995
StudioLGK Studios, Leonia, New Jersey
GenreEast Coast Hip Hop, Hardcore Hip Hop
Length44:58
LabelJMJ Records
Rush Associated Labels
ProducerOnyx, 8-Off Assassin
Onyx chronology
Bacdafucup
(1993)
All We Got Iz Us
(1995)
Shut 'Em Down
(1998)
Singles from All We Got Iz Us
  1. "Live Niguz"
    Released: July 18, 1995
  2. "Last Dayz"
    Released: October 3, 1995

All We Got Iz Us debuted at number 22 on the US Billboard 200, and number 2 on the Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums chart. The album has sold over 500.000 copies, but it never came anywhere near the success of the first album.

Two charting singles were released from the album, "Last Dayz" which made it to 89 on the Billboard Hot 100 and 10 on the Hot Rap Singles and "Live Niguz", also known as "Live!!!", made it to 17 on the Hot Rap Singles and 81 on the R&B charts. "Live Niguz" was appeared in the soundtrack to the 1995's documentary The Show and "Last Dayz" was used in the film "8 Mile".

Contents

BackgroundEdit

In March 1994, when Fredro Starr was on the set of Dangerous Minds, Lyor Cohen came to him and offered him a million dollars for recording a new album, All We Got Iz Us.[1] Big DS left the group at the same time to start a solo career. Onyx recorded 25 songs for this album, but only 15 of them were included on the album by Jam Master Jay's decision.[2]

In the same year members of Onyx have formed a label, Armee Records, and have signed production and distribution deals with Capitol Records and Mercury Records. Onyx signed contracts with the artists All City (Greg Valentine and J. Mega) and Panama P.I., who featured on Onyx's sophomore set, "All We Got Iz Us", Gang Green and singer Choclatt (Jared Crawford).[3][4]

AliasesEdit

On the album two group members came up with new aliases:[5]

Conception of album titleEdit

The title All We Got Iz Us came up because it was a state of mind of Onyx members at that time.[6]

"...We made that title one day at the studio. At that time niggas was on the knees, crying, praying almost like 'I love you my nigga' and that's how All We Got Iz Us album came about. That album was pain. Now you got to run around with a Mac-12 in your trunk, bulletproof vest, mad money niggas, you think that niggas going to kill you, so this is was our frame of mind."

LyricsEdit

All We Got Iz Us this name was chosen because it is much more grimy than Bacdafucup. It is widely considered to be a great follow up to their debut Bacdafucup with many fans actually citing it as Onyx's best album. Turning away from the more humorous approach of their debut, All We Got Iz Us had an overall darker and more serious tone, dealing with subjects such as suicide, heavy substance abuse and racism. For example, the intro/opening track features a split-personality monologue: Sticky Fingaz threatening himself at gunpoint, eventually committing suicide.

Album coverEdit

For the cover of the album All We Got Iz Us, Sticky and Fredro just wanted to paint a cracked mad face. Probably, it was a bad idea, because it was the beginning, when the sales of Onyx albums started to "crack". The cover for All We Got Iz Us was 6-inch metal plate, and the photographer just took a picture of this plate, and the mad face that you see on the back cover of the album Shut 'Em Down it was a real lump of metal.

SinglesEdit

Two singles were released from this album: "Live Niguz" and "Last Dayz".

The first single, "Live Niguz", also known by its censored title "Live!!!", was released on July 18, 1995 as a single from Def Jam's The Show: The Soundtrack and as the first single from Onyx's second album, All We Got Iz Us. Produced by 8-Off Assassin and all three members of Onyx, "Live!!!" only found minor success on the R&B and rap charts, becoming the group's first single not to reach the Billboard Hot 100.

The second single, "Last Dayz" was released on October 3, 1995. Produced by 8-Off Assassin and Onyx, Last Dayz making it to number 89 on the US Billboard Hot 100. Instrumental of this song was used in the film 8 Mile for the rap battle between Lotto and B-Rabbit. In 2013, the song was re-recorded by Fredro Starr and Sticky Fingaz, and released on a compilation album Songs of the 90's.

Music videos were released for the tracks "Last Dayz", "All We Got Iz Us", "Walk In New York" and "Live Niguz".

Appearance in movies and on televisionEdit

Critical responseEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
The Source      [9]
Q     [10]
Allmusic     [11]
Rate Your Music     [12]
RapReviews.com          [13]
NME          [14]
Sputnikmusic     [15]

All We Got Iz Us was met with generally positive reviews from music critics. Raymond Cunningham of The Source gave the album three and a half stars out of five, saying "...Although the LP is packed with sure shots, there are a few sure misses. "Shout", which has no business being on the LP, has a solid beat. But the hook is as corny as the Onyx comic book. Then there's "All We Got", a song that discusses the streets and isn't all bad, again, until the cheesy chorus. It may be a case where the quality of the other songs brings these down. In any event, they definitely stand out as weaker representations of the group's efforts."

Q gave the album three stars out of five, saying "...The lyrics are quickfire and the sound is dense..."

Bonz Malone of Vibe said "...Now, after a two-year hiatus, they're back with All We Got Iz Us, and the shit is hardcore. "Purse Snatchers" and "Better Off Dead" are probably the wildest. It's made by thugs for thugs...spits the real poison as seen on the streets. It's intended for immature audiences, so they'll wise up and realize that all we do have is one another. People need to hear these interesting characters."[16]

NME gave the album seven stars out of ten, saying "although there's nothing to rock the Wu's place at the top of the NY tree, Onyx sound convincingly with it. They still paint pictures of NY that turn it into a warscape, but they've deliberated their moves so as not to re-emerge as the latest rap washouts...".

Rate Your Music gave the album three and a half stars out of five, saying "...This record is one of the darkest, bleakest, grimiest, nastiest records ever made. The production on here is more like a gothic landscape than the jazzier Boom Bap shit of the early '90s. It evokes memories of abandoned crack houses and police chases with it's sub bass lines, gritty kicks & snares, and atmospheric sounds."[17]

Rowald Pruyn of RapReviews gave the album nine and a half stars out of ten, saying "...In Onyx' New World Order, everything is upside-down. Black is white, bad is good. Suicide? No ultimate shame, but an honorable way out of a shitty situation. People? Either bitchassniggas or punkmotherfuckas. The first group can get a bullet in the back, the second can get it in their grills. History? Miserable Slavery and rape of great-grandmothers by greedy plantation owners. Music? Selling drugs to your own people is more profitable. Future? Drop the microphone. Drop your principals. Who needs morals when you're living in hell already?"[18]

Max of Hip Hop Isn't Dead said "...Most critics agreed that All We Got Iz Us was a worthy addition to not only Onyx's catalog, but to hip hop as a whole. I'm certain that there are a ton of bloggers who believe that this album should have been more successful than it was. And yes, I'm one of them."[19]

Shoe-In of Boom Bap Reviews said "...Unlike Bacdafucup, this album is a record label's goddamned nightmare. Sticky, in particular, received a lot of accolades for his contributions, and believe me they're well deserved."[20]

AccoladesEdit

In 1995, the album is broken down track-by-track by Onyx in Hip-Hop Connection magazine, issue #79 (September 1995).[5] In 1996, CMJ New Music Monthly placed the album in their list 25 Best Hip-Hop Albums of 1995.[21] In 2008, Keith Murphy of Vibe named it the best-produced album of 1995 and selected as one of the magazine's 24 Lost Rap Classics.[22] In 2012, Ernest Baker of Complex placed the album in his list A$AP Yams' 42 Favorite Albums.[23] In 2015, Christopher Pierznik of Medium placed the album in his list The 20 Best Hip-Hop Albums of 1995.[24] In 2016, Dustin J. Seibert of The Root listed the album in his list 15 Truly Underrated Hip-Hop Albums.[25] In 2016, Cis Van Beers of Hip Hop Golden Age placed the album in his list Top 40 Hip Hop Albums 1995.[26] In 2018, Stitcher Radio dedicated an episode of their program BUMS to review Onyx's 1995 album, "All We Got Iz Us".[27]

Publication Country Accolade Year Rank
CMJ New Music Monthly United States 25 Best Hip-Hop Albums of 1995 1996 *
Vibe 24 Lost Rap Classics 2008 *
Complex A$AP Yams' 42 Favorite Albums 2012 *
Medium The 20 Best Hip-Hop Albums of 1995 2015 *
The Root 15 Truly Underrated Hip-Hop Albums 2016 1
Hip Hop Golden Age Top 40 Hip Hop Albums 1995 2016 *

Track listingEdit

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# Title Performer(s) Producer(s) Samples Length
1 "Life Or Death" (Skit)
  • Sticky Fingaz
Fredro Starr
Sticky Fingaz
Sonee Seeza
8-Off Assassin (co-producer)
  • "Throw Ya Gunz" by Onyx
0:48
2 "Last Dayz"
  • Intro: Sticky Fingaz
  • First verse: Fredro Starr
  • Second verse: Sonee Seeza
  • Third verse: Sticky Fingaz
Fredro Starr 3:56
3 "All We Got Iz Us (Evil Streets)"
  • Intro: Fredro Starr, Sonee Seeza
  • First / sixth verse: Fredro Starr
  • Second / fourth verse: Sonee Seeza
  • Chorus: P.I.
  • Third / fifth verse: Sticky Fingaz
Fredro Starr 4:12
4 "Purse Snatchaz"
  • Intro: Onyx
  • Chorus: Greg Valentine
  • First verse: Fredro Starr
  • Second verse: Sonee Seeza
  • Third verse: Sticky Fingaz
Fredro Starr
Sticky Fingaz
Sonee Seeza
4:07
5 "Shout"
  • First / sixth / seventh verse: Fredro Starr
  • Second / fourth / eighth verse: Sonee Seeza
  • Third / fifth / ninth verse: Sticky Fingaz
Fredro Starr 3:47
6 "I Murder U" (Skit)
  • Fredro Starr
Fredro Starr 0:22
7 "Betta Off Dead"
  • Intro: Onyx
  • First / fourth verse: Sonee Seeza
  • Second / fifth verse: Fredro Starr
  • Third / sixth verse: Sticky Fingaz
Fredro Starr
Sticky Fingaz
Sonee Seeza
8-Off Assassin (co-producer)
4:04
8 "Live Niguz"
  • Intro: Onyx
  • First verse: Sonee Seeza
  • Second / chorus: Fredro Starr
  • Third verse: Sticky Fingaz
Fredro Starr 3:19
9 "Punkmotherfukaz
  • Intro: Sticky Fingaz
  • First verse: Fredro Starr
  • Second verse: Sticky Fingaz
  • Third verse: Sonee Seeza
Fredro Starr
Sticky Fingaz
Sonee Seeza
8-Off Assassin (co-producer)
1:00
10 "Most Def"
  • Intro: Sonee Seeza
  • First verse: Sticky Fingaz
  • Chorus: Onyx
  • Second verse: Fredro Starr
  • Third verse: Sonee Seeza
Fredro Starr 3:55
11 "Act Up" (Skit)
  • Sticky Fingaz
Sticky Fingaz 0:23
12 "Getto Mentalitee"
  • First verse: Fredro Starr
  • Second verse: Greg Valentine
  • Third verse: Sonee Seeza
  • Fourth verse: J. Mega
  • Fifth verse: P.I.
  • Sixth verse: Sticky Fingaz
Fredro Starr 4:22
13 "2 Wrongs"
  • Intro: Onyx
  • Chorus: Sticky Fingaz
  • First verse: Fredro Starr
  • Second verse: Sonee Seeza
  • Third verse: Sticky Fingaz
Sticky Fingaz
  • "Throw Ya Gunz" by Onyx
3:58
14 "Maintain" (Skit)
  • Onyx, All City, P.I.
Fredro Starr 1:56
15 "Walk in New York"
  • Intro: Fredro Starr
  • First / fourth verse: Fredro Starr
  • Second / third verse: Sonee Seeza
  • Fifth verse: Sticky Fingaz
Fredro Starr 4:55

Leftover tracksEdit

Onyx recorded 25 songs for this album, but only 15 of them were included on the album by Jam Master Jay's decision.

  • "Kidz From Queens" (feat. Still Livin')
  • "Shoot Stab Kill" (Burn Unit Mix) (feat. Who$ane)
  • "The Ghetto Way Of Thinking"
  • "To All Ya'll Crews, Whatever"
  • "Walk In New York" (Jam Master Jay Remix)
  • "Purse Snatchaz" (original version) (without Greg Valentine)
  • "Purse Snatchaz" (8-Off Remix)
  • "Punkmotherfukaz" (Full Length)
  • "Live Niguz" (original version with different intro)
  • "Fight"
  • "Purse Snatchaz, Pt. 2" (feat. Smoothe Da Hustler, Trigger The Gambler & DV Alias Khrist)
  • "Evil Streets (Remix)" (feat. Method Man & Panama P.I.)
  • "Evil Streets (Remix)" (feat. Method Man & Panama P.I.) (original 1994 version)
  • "Shout" (Remix)
  • "Theme From Sunset Park"
  • "Thangz Changed"
  • "Thangz Changed" (movie "end credits" version)

PersonnelEdit

  • Onyx - performer, vocals, producer
  • Fredro Starr - performer, vocals, producer
  • Sticky Fingaz - performer, vocals, producer
  • Sonee Seeza - performer, vocals, scratches
  • Panama P.I. - performer, vocals
  • Greg Valentine - performer, vocals
  • All City - performer, vocals
  • Jason Mizell - executive producer
  • Randy Allen - executive producer
  • 8-Off The Assassin - co-producer
  • Don Elliott - mix engineer
  • Rich Keller - mix engineer
  • Flamboyant - scratches ("2 Wrongs" and "Walk In New York")
  • Tony Dawsey - mastering
  • Jaye Battle - project coordinator

Album chart positionsEdit

Weekly chartsEdit

Chart (1995) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[28] 22
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[29] 2
US Top 100 Pop Albums (Cashbox)[30] 34
US Top 75 R&B Albums (Cashbox)[31] 24
US Top 75 One-Stop Albums Chart (Cashbox)[32] 35
US Gavin Rap Retail (Gavin Report)[33] 10

Singles chart positionsEdit

ReferencesEdit

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