Onyx Sticky Fingaz

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Birth nameBruce David Sandlin
Also known asX-1, X-1 (Onyx), X-One
BornMarch 6, 1979
New York City, New York, U.S.
DiedJuly 4, 2007 (aged 28)
Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
GenresHardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop
  • Rapper
  • songwriter
Years active1995–2007
LabelsArmee Records, Tyson Records, Ball'r Records, Dynasty Records
Associated actsGang Green, Onyx

Kirk Jones (born November 3, 1973), better known by his stage name Sticky Fingaz, is an American hardcore rapper, record producer, actor, film director and writer, best known as a member of multi-platinum hardcore rap group Onyx. Official Page of Onyx Front Man Sticky Fingaz. Onyx, Sticky Fingaz & Fredro Starr Hip-Hop 2020 Preview SONG TIME Black Hoodie Rap (feat. Makem Pay) Onyx. 3:51 PREVIEW Boy Still Got It (feat. Bobby Brown) Sticky Fingaz. 2:39 PREVIEW Face Off (feat. Drag-On) Fredro Starr. 3:29 PREVIEW Gansta Buster (feat. Mad Lion & Begetz). While Sticky Fingaz has been crafting scene-stealing verses for over two decades, there’s no doubt that his apex occurred from 1998 through 2001. On Onyx’s stellar third album, Shut ‘Em Down, Sticky rose to another level. Sticky Fingaz (ONYX) - licken off in hip-hop, Sticky Fingaz (Onyx) - Intro, Onyx - Sticky Fingaz - Get Lifted (Remix) (Feat.The Whoridas), DJAUDAS, fredro starr, el bruto chr, oxidum, sticky fingaz.

Bruce David Sandlin (March 6, 1979 – July 4, 2007), better known by his stage name X1, was an Americanrapper, best known as a member of New York City-based hip hop group Gang Green and an affiliate of Onyx.

X1 was found dead in his home in Las Vegas on July 4, 2007.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

Bruce David Sandlin was born on March 6, 1979 in Brooklyn. His family lived on 1088 Bushwick Ave, Brooklyn, NY. A year later, he moved to Queens with his parents. When he was 16 he was selling drugs in the corners of Queens, trying to get rich quick. But he realized that this wasn't the way to achieve success. Hip-hop became a part of his life when he began performing freestyles in public and at his school.[3]


One day Bruce met some teenagers from his neighborhood and formed a group that included, in addition to him, Dez (who later changed his name to Still Livin), Chop, Cyph Certified and Whosane, the younger brother of Fredro Starr.[4] That's when he created a nickname 'X1'. The guys rapping at the intersection of 131st Street and Rockaway Blvd. in front of 'Kennedy Fried Chicken', that's where they were discovered by the popular hip-hop group Onyx, which immediately invited them to the studio.[3] The name of the group, Gang Green, appeared from the lines of Fredro Starr. Onyx's members signed them to their own label, Armee Records, which was distributed by Capitol Records and Mercury Records.[5][6][7]

Soon Gang Green released their first single, 'I'll Murder You', produced by Fredro Starr. The B-side contains a remix recorded with Onyx. The excerpt from this remix was on the second album of Onyx, All We Got Iz Us. Then the group made a video for the song, which was in rotation on local TV channels, including the Video Music Box. Then followed interviews and concerts, including the Apollo Theater and the nightclub The Tunnel.

Over time, the group gained more knowledge, connections and experience in the music industry. X1 and Still Livin' together took part in the video for the Onyx's song 'React', where the new rapper 50 Cent also took part. The group members also attended the studio while Onyx recorded songs including 'Evil Streets Remix' studio session with Method Man in 1994.[8] Unreleased songs by X1 and his group were released only after many years on Onyx's collections, Cold Case Files: Vol. 1 and Cold Case Files: Vol. 2.[9][10]

They were popular in their neighborhood, but for some reason the labels were not interested in them. Every record label they brought their demos to asked, 'Who's that one kid???', meaning X1. Onyx's members quickly learned about this, and took the X1 on board.[11] Bruce immediately took part in the recording of three studio albums by Onyx: Shut 'Em Down, Bacdafucup: Part II and Triggernometry, and in the recording of Fredro Starr and Sticky Fingaz's solo albums.

After taking part in the recording of Onyx's album Shut 'Em Down and touring with them, X1 focused on his solo career leaving the Onyx camp but still on good terms with all of the members, which he later on helped them with there solo projects. In 2000 X1 signed to the label of Mike Tyson - Tyson Records. A year after that the label didn't quite take off the way X1 expected, so he then went and signed a new deal with California record company Ball'r Records, which had a roster consisting of three acts: Krayzie Bone, The Relativez and X1. The label ended folded before X1 could release some. Then X1 signed to the label Dynasty Records (based out of Las Vegas, Nevada) where he is due to release his debut album Young, Rich And Gangsta on September 19, 2006.[3]



X1 was found dead in his home in Las Vegas on July 4, 2007. His friends believe that he was killed, and that his death was staged as a suicide during an Independence Day firework display. The cause of death is still unknown. It is known that during his life, Bruce always carried a weapon.[12] X1 was found dead by his recently divorced ex wife, fashion designer Angel Brinks, following a short 3 month marriage. X1’s ex wife, who was 9 months pregnant at the time, said he committed suicide after she said something horrible to him.

His first wife Baby Vasquez, who he was married to for 4 years as shown in public records, had X1s first son Justyle Sandlin. Baby has vocalized questions regarding his alleged suicide, saying she believes he could have been set up.

Nevada public records show X1 was not married at the time of his death, yet Angel lied on record claiming they were married at the time of his death, which has been proven false information.[13] Angel says, my son's father committed suicide when I was 9 months pregnant. I found him and I couldn't really enjoy the birth of my son, but mourn a loss of my husband at the time.'[14] He was 28 years old. Hip-hop website AllHipHop.com was the first to write about the rapper's death. The article came out with the headline 'Sticky Fingaz Brother/Rapper X1 Found Dead In Las Vegas.'[1][15][16] A few days later, on July 19, 2007, Bruce’s second son was born. As of now X1s both sons have not yet met.


Studio albums
  • 2006: Young, Rich And Gangsta

Kirk Jones Sticky Fingaz

  • 2005: It’s A New Era Vol.1
  • 2005: It’s A New Era Vol.2
  • 2009: A Day In The Life


  • 1995: 'I'll Murder You' (with Gang Green)
  • 2006: 'Everywhere We Go'



  • 1995: 'I’ll Murder You' (with Gang Green)
  • 1995: 'Walk In New York' (with Onyx)
  • 1998: 'Broke Willies' (with Onyx)
  • 1998: 'React' (feat. 50 Cent) (with Onyx)
  • 1998: 'Shut 'Em Down' (feat. DMX) (with Onyx)
  • 1998: 'The Worst' (feat. Wu-Tang Clan) (with Onyx)
  • 2006: 'Everywhere We Go'


  • 1998: Def JamSurvival Of The Illest — Live From 125 N.Y.C.
  • 2008: Onyx: 15 Years Of Videos, History And Violence
  • 2009: A Day In The Life

Onyx Sticky Fingaz


  1. ^ ab'Sticky Fingaz Brother/Rapper X1 Found Dead In Las Vegas'. allhiphop.com. Retrieved March 6, 2020.
  2. ^'Death Is Silent: Addressing Hip Hop's Rash Of Suicides (by MichaelCohen) (Published on: May 3, 2013)'. hiphopdx.com. Retrieved March 7, 2020.
  3. ^ abc'X1 - Biography on Last.fm'. last.fm. Archived from the original on June 3, 2008. Retrieved March 6, 2020.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^'Gang Green at discogs'. discogs.com. Retrieved March 6, 2020.
  5. ^'Billboard Magazine (November 4, 1995) - page 28'. books.google.com. 4 November 1995. Retrieved March 6, 2020.
  7. ^'ONYX TO DEBUT ARMEE RECORDS (Cashbox) November 25, 1995'(PDF). americanradiohistory.com. Retrieved March 6, 2020.
  8. ^'Onyx Interview: Return Of The Madface'. riotsound.com. Retrieved March 6, 2020.
  9. ^'Onyx: Cold Case Files Unsolved Murder'. www.kickmag.net. Retrieved 2019-01-29.
  10. ^'Onyx Returning With Two New Albums'. allhiphop.com. Retrieved March 6, 2020.
  11. ^'Onyx's page on the Def Jam website'. defjam.com. Archived from the original on 1998-12-05. Retrieved 2020-03-07.
  12. ^'Sticky Fingaz brother X-1 Is Dead'. dubcnn.com. Retrieved March 6, 2020.
  13. ^'Angel Brinks, Husband's Suicide'. empireboobookitty.com. Retrieved March 6, 2020.
  14. ^'As Angel Makes An Effort To Be Strong For Her Son, She Realizes Her Son Is Really The Strong One'. vh1.com. Retrieved March 6, 2020.
  15. ^'Sticky Fingaz, участник группы Onyx, потерял брата'. rap.ru. Retrieved March 6, 2020.
  16. ^'EXCLUSIVE! Onyx on Losing Former Member Big DS to Cancer at 31, X1 Committing Suicide'. vladtv.com. Retrieved March 6, 2020.

Onyx Rapper Sticky Fingaz

External links[edit]

  • X1 discography at Discogs
  • X1 at AllMusic
Retrieved from 'https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=X1_(rapper)&oldid=1021142746'

Reviewed on this page:
Bacdafucup - All We Got Iz Us - [Black Trash] The Autobiography Of Kirk Jones

Onyx managed to piss off a lot of people with their 1993 debut by relentlessly using the 'N' word, the 'F' word, the 'B' word, the other 23 words, and generally celebrating guns and gangsta culture, without even the ring of truth that, say, Ice-T brings to his work. But nobody could possibly take this band seriously, except perhaps the confused middle class white boys who make up the majority of gangsta rap consumers. Anyway, what really sets this act apart is the frantic, mock-intense rhyming of Sticky Fingaz - when he gets on a roll he's impossible to ignore, and frequently hilarious. He's gone solo, and his 2001 debut was one of the year's pleasant surprises. (DBW)

Sticky Fingaz, Big DS, Suavé, Fredro Star, all vocals. Big DS left after the first album, and Suavé apparently changed his name to Sonee Seeza. Later on, Starr changed his name to Firestarr. Big DS died of cancer, 2003.

Bacdafucup (1993)
The band's breakthrough single 'Slam' is their best work so far, with a nagging, catchy chorus, a heavy keyboard bassline, and a stunning rap from Sticky Fingaz that takes extraordinary liberties with meter and rhyme but works because his rhymes are a match for his manic delivery. Disappointingly, he only has a few more lead features on the album, including 'Throw Ya Gunz,' where the words aren't very interesting, and the wild 'Nigga Bridges,' based on the nursery rhyme 'London Bridge'(!) The other rappers are nothing special, and there are too many throwaway interludes (including the opening title track, the closing 'Getdafucout,' 'Bichasbootleguz,' and more), but the music, by Chyskillz and Jam Master Jay, is simple but not simplistic: they leave a lot of space, and every riff is a good one. The same year, the group guested on Boss's debut Born Gangstaz.(DBW)

All We Got Iz Us (1995)
The joke is wearing thin by now, although Sticky Fingaz still gets in a few good lines (he decides not to kill himself because there 'might not be any weed in Hell'). The tone of the album is heavier and despondent, without much of the exuberant lightness of the preceding record. And without Chyskillz or Jam Master Jay, the music is the same mellow sample-heavy sound pioneered by N.W.A. and done to death by practically every other gangsta rapper. Sometimes they hit on a hypnotic groove ('Getto Mentalitee'), but more often it's just boring ('Betta Off Dead'). Not to mention more dull interludes, this time called 'skits' - 'Life Or Death,' 'I Murder U.' (DBW)

Shut 'Em Down (1998)
DMX guests on the title track, while Big Pun and Noreaga turn up on a remix; Method Man and Raekwon appear on 'Take That.' 'Broke Willies' contains a sample from the Rolling Stones' 'Miss You,' while 'Overshine' samples the Isley Brothers' 'Here We Go.' Production is split among Self, DJ Scratch, Bud'da and Keith Horne. Review coming soon. (DBW)

[Black Trash] The Autobiography Of Kirk Jones (Sticky Fingaz: 2001)
Can an artist progress directly from absurd self-parody to hard-bitten social commentary, and be taken seriously? Perhaps. Now, can he do both on the same record, and make it a concept album to boot? That's the task Sticky Fingaz (born Kirk Jones) sets himself on his first solo project, and he's more successful than I would have thought possible. The album traces the life and spiritual journey of a young man who alternately celebrates and regrets his criminal career. On the gleefully violent tracks ('Come On'), he's as over-the-top and hilariously manic as ever; on the contemplative tracks he's downright moving ('Sister I'm Sorry'; 'Baby Brother,' a warning from behind bars) - Sticky even performs both sides of a conversation with God in 'Oh My God,' the first time I've heard that attempted since Prince's 'Temptation.' There's a slew of different producers - Self works on a plurality of tracks, but there are contributions from DJ Scratch ('Why' with X-1 and Still Livin), Joe Naughty, Rockwilder ('Money Talks' with Raekwon; 'Cheatin'), Damon Elliot ('What If I Was White' featuring pale imitator Eminem), Dominick Lamb, Buddah, Big D Evans, and Punch - and they bring a refreshing variety to the proceedings. Too many obvious refrains ('Why,' 'Not Die'n'), forgettable backing tracks ('Licken Off In Hiphop') and practical jokes (the closing, ironic rendition of 'Wonderful World') to rate as a classic, but on the whole Sticky Fingaz manages to have his cake and eat it too. Actor Omar Epps plays Kirk Jones on several short skits; Fredro helps out on 'Get It Up'; 'State Vs. Kirk Jones,' which acts out a trial, has cameos from Rah Digga, Redman, Canibus, Scared 4 Life, Superb and Guess Who (?); other guests include Blackchild, Dave Hollister, Columbo the Shining Star, Choclatt and Petey Pablo. (DBW)

Firestarr (Fredro Starr: 2001)

Bacdafucup Part II (2002)

Decade: 'but wait it gets worse' (Sticky Fingaz: 2003)

Don't Get Mad Get Money! (Fredro Starr: 2003)

Triggernometry (2003)

Cold Case Files (2008)
Apparently this is made up of outtakes from the group's 90s sessions; Method Man appears on 'Evil Streets (Remix).' (DBW)

Tytanium (Sonny Seeza: 2009)
The album title refers to Seeza's birth name, Tyrone Taylor. (DBW)

A Day In The Life: The Soundtrack (2009)
I can't tell whether this is supposed to be Onyx or Sticky solo; either way, it's the soundtrack to a film he directed and starred in, but couldn't get into actual theaters. (DBW)