OCT 24 - THIS DAY IN HIP HOP
On Oct 24, 1995, Onyx released their second album, All We Got Iz Us. Avoiding the sophomore jinx, All We Got was heralded as perhaps being better than Bacdafucup, their classic debut album. All We Got Iz Us also took a decidedly darker approach than Bacdafucup, utilizing menacing filtered basslines and harder drums as a backdrop to stories about suicide, murder, racism, and drug abuse.
On “Last Dayz,” arguably the album’s best song, Sticky Fingaz raps, “Thinking about taking my own life. I might as well. Except they might not sell weed in hell. And that’s where I’m going ‘cause the devil’s inside of me. They make me rob from my own nationality. It’s kind of ignorant, but yo, I gotta pay the rent. So yeah, I’ll stick a nigga most definite.”
Despite containing zero radio friendly tracks, the album reached gold status (500,000 sold) and spawned two charting singles: “Last Dayz” (#89 on Billboard Hot 100 and #10 on Hot Rap Singles) and “Live Niguz” (#17 on the Hot Rap Singles and #81 on the R&B charts). In 2008, Vibe magazine named it the best-produced album of 1995 and listed it as one of twenty albums all hip hop fans must own (but may have missed). The instrumental of “Last Dayz” was also used in the film 8 Mile during the battle scenes.