The Jamaica, Queens born and bred, Fred Scruggs', light shined brightly
long before he became known as the celebrated rapper, Fredro Starr. In the
early 80’s he gained popularity throughout New York as the best barber in
all five borough’s, thanks to his skillful ability to carve graffiti in
the heads of some of Hip-hop’s elite including, Rakim, Big Daddy Kane,
Kid-N-Play, and Kool G Rap to name a few. Already a hood star in his own
right, his talent began to gain notoriety when he flexed his rhyming skills
at Baisley Park in Queens, a place where everyone gathered for basketball
games and park jams in the summer. It was there that he captured the
attention of an executive at Priority records who signed him and his group
Onyx to a single deal for their song “Ah, and We Do It Like This”.
Although the single did well, their big break came when they happen to meet
the legendary Jam Master Jay while stuck in traffic on their way to Jones
Beach. They developed a relationship with Jam Master Jay which led to a
meeting at Def Jam where they presented him with the track “Throw Ya Gunz”
which inked them their deal. The original group was comprised of Fredro,
Big DS, and Sonsee, Fredro’s cousin Sticky Fingaz joined the group in ’92
and the group put their first release Bacdafucup, out in 1993. The album
met with great commercial success, including heavy airplay on radio and MTV
for the single "Slam". Onyx also received critical acclaim, winning Soul
Train's album of the year.
Big DS left the group after the first album and unfortunately would later
succumb to cancer. In 1995, Onyx released their second album All We Got Is
Us. While the album was much less successful commercially, it proved to be
a critical success. In the August 2008 issue of VIBE, All We Got Iz Us was
listed as the best produced rap album of 1995 and one of twenty albums
every fan of hip-hop must own.
Onyx went on to record 4 more albums together over the course of ten years
before they decided to take some time to focus on solo projects when Fredro
released his solo cd Firestrarr in 2001. In the interim Fredro had gotten
the acting bug when he made his debut in Forrest Whitaker’s HBO film
Strapped in 1993 which garnered him a cable ace award. Other film credits
include Clockers, Sunset Park, Ride Light It Up and Save the Last Dance. On
television, Starr had a recurring role on Moesha as the title character's
boyfriend and fiancé. He appeared in three episodes of HBO's The Wire as
Marquis “Bird” Hilton. Starr co-hosted Paramount Domestic Television's
daily half-hour urban dance competition, Dance 360, with actor Kel
Mitchell. Starr also filmed guest appearances on NYPD Blue, Law & Order,
Blade: The Series and "Promise Land." He also played Ricky Gannon on a CSI
Miami episode that aired February 2, 2009. As well, he also appeared on New
York Undercover in the episode entitled "Student Affairs".
Still acting, Starr plays the lead in the independent feature-length film
"Diamond Ruff" in post-production. He and his cousin Sticky Fingaz have
spent the last 5 years touring worldwide and have a new Onyx project titled
“Cuzo” set to release late 2013. Fredro is also releasing The ''Live 4ever
Die 2day'' mixtape, The ''FireStarr 2'' album and The 'Made in the
Streets'' EP through his own imprint Mad Money Records.
Fredro plans to remain a relevant force in Hip-Hop as a rapper, actor and activist
declaring “I’m active in preserving the culture of real hip-hop. To me it’s
more than a lifestyle it’s a business and I handle my business. I travel
around the world and speak to kids, and from a street perspective I do my
part to keep Hip Hop alive.
The Jimmy Star Show is pleased to showcase the expertise and talent of Fredro Starr and all anticipate a fun and informative time talking with him about his music, career and the entertainment industries at large.. Join King of Cool Jimmy Star, and Cool Man about Town Ron Russell as they have a playful and sometimes wild time with the talented featured guest!
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