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Shut 'Em Down

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. It Was Onyx
  2. Raze It Up
  3. Street Nigguz
  4. Shut 'Em Down
  5. Broke Willies
  6. For Nothin'
  7. Rob & Vic
  8. Face Down
  9. Cops
  10. Conspiracy
  11. Black Dust
  12. One Nation
  13. React
  14. Veronica
  15. Fuck Dat
  16. Ghetto Starz
  17. Take That
  18. The Worst W/Hidden Track (Overshine)
  19. Shut 'Em Down (Remix)


Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 2, 1998)
  • Original Release Date: June 2, 1998
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: INgrooves Fontana/Def Jam
  • ASIN: B000007OHK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #124,577 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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In a time (1998) when rap was ALL commercial and about money and cars, Onyx kept it real even though many critics said that Onyx was getting tired and their sound was getting old. The Rolling Stones have sounded virtually the same for 50 years and no one complained, why should Onyx change their sound? I guess these 40 year old reviewers from Chicago shouldn't be reviewing rap albums, because Shut Em Down was in a class all it's own in 1998. Still bumped heavily by me till today it showed Onyx doesn't care about what's making money or what's cool, they care about the meaning of the name "Onyx". A hardcore hip hop group.
Check out the new site onyxdomain.com for more.
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By A Customer on August 7, 2000
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When I bought this CD is picked it up w/ some extra money I had on a gift certificate for my birthday. Damn...I must say that it was the best blind investment of my life. Sure I had heard Onyx before and liked them but never got really into their music or bought one of their CD's. As soon as I listened to this I was blown away. It is just amazing....they lyrics, the beats the whole attitude and feel of the album. This is without a doubt the best rap album of '98 and one of the decades best. Despite no mainstream attention of any kind, this is ablum is easily one of my Top 5 for all time and you need to buy it.
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By A Customer on November 23, 2000
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The third and final albulm from Onyx the kings of NY. This albulm is the best one with guest apperances by DMX, Big, Pun and Noreaga this albulm is a good way to go out.
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Shut Em Down was easily one of the best rap albums of 1998. To be honest, I had not really listened to Onyx very much until I heard some of the songs on a sampler. After that, I had to pick up the album. It was everything I expected and more. Some of the songs like React, F**k Dat, and The Worst should be hardcore classics. There are not any bad songs on the entire album, but Raze It Up, Broke Willies, Rob and Vic, Ghetto Starz, Take That, and Shut Em Down Remix stood out along with the three previously mentioned. Overshine, the hidden track after The Worst, is also a good song. One of the things that make this album great is the excellent production and guest spots. Production is done by Keith Horne, Onyx, DJ Scratch, Self, Budda, and Lateif. Guest spots are made by Raekwon, Method Man, Killa Sin, X-1, Lost Boyz, Greg Valentine, J-Mega, DMX, Noreaga, Big Pun, Bonifucco, 50 Cent, and Sunshine. Overall, a classic hardcore album with good lyrics, rhyming, beats, production, and guests.
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Well, the first time I listened the CD, I felt like the first time I was listening "Wu-tang 36 Chambers." Really good, really innovative stuff. While most of the rappers, especially the Wu-tang, who think they are still underground are actually becoming commercialized (not to offend anyone), ONYX reminds of the old, harsh, real underground rap. Thanks, guys!!!
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I'm tellin' ya'll N****S, ya gotza buy this album. You may not be seein' any videos on friekin MTV or hear any songs on the radio, but datz cuz everybodyz tryin' to ban their stuff. Dis album is tight. Dey will tell ya' in "Shut 'em Down" how MTV is tryin' to ban 'em. All 19 Tracks are worth buyin' diz one!!! Thanx guys 4 keepin' it real and to Hell with MTV!
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Onyx's third release, Shut 'Em Down was an attempt to do just that and showed no signs of mercy or giving up. Fredro Starr took a step back from producing as done on All We Got Iz Us, but didn't take it anything away from the potency. "Raze It Up" begins this album off similar to "Throw Your Guns In The Air". Not forgetting their essence of their style and sound, "Street Nigguz" featuring X-1. The title track featuring DMX is a good example of their lyrical potency with their rapid fire delivery over a horn laced track. The bald heads speak of the industry and how it has blessed them on "Broke Willies" featuring X-1. "Rob & Vic" featuring X-1 & Chocolate is a highlight for this LP as Sticky Fingaz & X-1 spit a story of brothers robbing and stealing with an unhappy ending over the love of money. Keeping their rough edge, "Face Down" with the eerie space sounds each member stood grounds for Queens. The mediocre production of "Black Dust" featuring X-1 was strengthened by the flows. They take it to the club with the up-tempo track "React" featuring X-1, 50 Cent & Still Livin and "Ghetto Starz" featuring Lost Boyz. Multi-laced violins stood out for a melodic set-up story on "Veronica" featuring X-1 & Sunshine. Track 18 contains two songs "The Worst" featuring Method Man, Raekwon, Killer Sin & X-1 and "Overshine". Shut 'Em Down is a solid LP with a lot of surprises, but the lyrics are most impressive.
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By A Customer on February 21, 2000
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This LP is no joke. I must have pumped this CD twenty times in my I30. Dispite the violence on some of the tracks this album is a STAR kid.
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