Sticky Fingaz

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Sticky Fingaz
Academy Awards afterparty CUN Kirk Jones.jpg
Background information
Birth name Kirk Jones
Also known as Sticky
Born (1973-11-03) November 3, 1973 (age 40)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Origin New York City, New York, U.S.
Genres Hip hop
Occupations Rapper, actor, director, producer
Years active 1988–present
Labels D3 Entertainment, Universal Records
Associated acts Onyx, Gangreen, Omar Epps, Lost Boyz
Website StickyFingaz.com

Kirk Jones (born November 3, 1973), better known by his stage name Sticky Fingaz, is an American rapper, actor, film director, and record producer. He is a member of the multi-platinum record selling rap group Onyx. His name comes from the slang term "sticky fingers" given to someone who is a thief. As an actor, he is perhaps best known for his roles as Private Maurice "Smoke" Williams on the 2005 FX drama Over There, rapper Kern Little on The Shield, and the title character in the 2006 Spike action-horror Blade: The Series. He also appears on crime drama shows such as NCIS and Law & Order.

Early life[edit]

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Jones and his cousin Fredro Starr worked in Nu-Tribe, a barber shop in Jamaica, Queens, New York.

Music career[edit]

Career with Onyx[edit]

In 1991, Jones entered the Queens based rap group Onyx along with cousin Fredro Starr, Sonsee, and Big DS. In 1993 the group released their debut album entitled Bacdafucup. It proved to be a commercial success and eventually went multi-platinum, largely due to the well known single "Slam". Since then he has released four other albums with Onyx.

Solo career[edit]

He released his debut solo album in 2001 which was titled Black Trash: The Autobiography of Kirk Jones, a concept album that followed the (fictionalized) life of Kirk Jones in a story line fashion as he is released from prison and then ultimately his death. The album was a critical success being noted as very creative with substantial content, though it didn't gain much commercial recognition despite featuring well known artists such as Eminem, Raekwon, Redman and Canibus.

In 2003, he released his second album Decade "...but wait it gets worse" which was less well received by critics and gained even less mainstream acknowledgement, featuring on this album were performances from Fredro Starr & Omar Epps.

Featured projects[edit]

He has collaborated with various artists, including Eminem on his Marshall Mathers LP, and Snoop Doggy Dogg on No Limit Top Dogg. His performance on Eminem's Marshall Mathers LP song "Remember Me?" was intended for Dr. Dre's album, but Eminem loved the verse so much that he insisted it be on his album.[1] He has also appeared on albums by MC Eiht (Underground Hero), Biohazard (New World Disorder), Lord Tariq & Peter Gunz (Make It Reign), Pete Rock (Soul Survivor), Mobb Deep (The Infamous Archives), Dead Prez (Turn Off The Radio Vol 2), and others, as well as miscellaneous tracks by Benzino (Go Hard Remix), Knoc-Turn'Al (Eastwest Shyt), Da 5 Footaz (Unleash), Bang Em Smurf & Domination[disambiguation needed] (One Way Or Another), and others.

Other ventures[edit]

Acting career[edit]

Jones was a regular on the short-lived UPN series Platinum as Grady Rhames. He also played the part of Pvt. Maurice "Smoke" Williams in the FX television series Over There, which depicts life as an American soldier in Iraq. He played Tyrone in Next Friday. Jones also played a recurring role as Kern Little, a gang leader and hiphop musician/producer on the FX series The Shield. He has also appeared in the direct-to-video and Sci-Fi Channel release House of the Dead 2. Starting in 2006, Jones was cast as the half-human/half-vampire Blade in Blade: The Series, based on the Wesley Snipes movies, on Spike TV. The series was cancelled on September 29, 2006 through a press release from Spike. He has completed his work on a movie titled Karma, Confessions and Holi where he plays the character Rich Smooth. Jones was a major character in the remake of the movie Flight Of The Phoenix. In the video game Def Jam: Fight for NY he supplied his own voice and is one of the main antagonists throughout the story. He also has an appearance in the sequel, Def Jam: Icon, under the name Wink. He will be one of the character's friends until he is removed from his place as vice president. He recorded a public service announcement for Deejay Ra's Hip-Hop Literacy campaign, encouraging reading about Jam Master Jay. Fingaz wrote, co-produced, co-directed and starred in the movie A Day in the Life. Fingaz starred in the movie Caught On Tape alongside Vivica A. Fox and Cedric the Entertainer.

Film production[edit]

In 2008 Jones launched his own label and film production company entitled Major Independents. The company has released and distributed several successful independent straight-to-DVD films.[2]

Artistry[edit]

Rapping technique[edit]

Jones was considered the most lyrically skilled and anticipated member of Onyx, and usually appeared in the last verse of their songs. Both fans and critics alike took interest in Sticky's gritty, angry, violent lyrics which went right along with his loud, rough, attention-grasping voice. Aside from this hardcore style, Jones is also known to be very intelligent and displays a mean-spirited sense of humor in his verses.

Controversy[edit]

Source Awards incident[edit]

The 1994 Source Awards were never aired on television (as all subsequent Source Awards were), and it wasn't seen until 2008 when amateur footage of Sticky Fingaz shooting up the awards show was uploaded to YouTube. Before performing their hit single "Throw Ya Gunz", Sticky Fingaz fired off live rounds, and quickly disposed of the gun before authorities arrived.[3]

Personal life[edit]

His cousin & fellow Onyx group member is Fredro Starr.

Sticky Fingaz's brother, rapper X-1 died on July 6, 2007 In Las Vegas from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.[4]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1993 Strapped Suspect in Lineup
1995 Clockers Scientific
1995 Dead Presidents Martin
1998 Ride Brotha X
1998 Le New Yorker Harlem Homeboy
1999 In Too Deep Ozzie
1999 Game Day Wille
1999 Black and White Himself
2000 Next Friday Tyrone
2000 True Vinyl Power Z
2000 The Playaz Court T-Bone
2000 Boricua's Bond
2000 The Price of Air D
2000 Lockdown Broadway
2001 Lift Quik
2001 MacArthur Park E-Max
2001 Flossin Himself
2002 L.A.X. Leon
2002 Reality Check Brock
2003 Hot Parts Toby
2003 Malibooty! Raymond
2003 Ride or Die Demise
2003 Leprechaun: Back 2 tha Hood Cedric
2004 Gas Craig
2004 Doing Hard Time Eddie Mathematic
2004 Flight of the Phoenix Jeremy
2005 House of the Dead 2: Dead Aim Dalton
2008 Nite Tales: The Movie Dice
2009 Dough Boys Deuce
2009 Karma, Confessions and Holi Rich Smooth
2009 Breaking Point Richard Allen
2009 Steppin: The Movie Cedric
2009 A Day in the Life Stick Director
2010 Once Fallen Leshaun
2010 Hard Breakers Shay
2010 Caught on Tape Mark
2010 Immortal Cycle Wade
2012 Changing the Game Craig Jenkins
2013 Motel Lizard

Television[edit]

  • Platinum – Grady Rhames
  • New York Undercover (1995) – Khail in "You Get No Respect" (Episode 1.17)
  • New York Undercover (1997) – Assassin in "No Place Like Hell" (Episode 3.23)
  • 413 Hope St. (1997) – in "Lost Boys and Gothic Girls" (Episode 1.08)
  • Nash Bridges (1999) – Mario Baptiste in "Get Bananas" (Episode 5.08)
  • The Parkers (1999) – "D" Dwayne in "It's a Family Affair" (Episode 1.11)
  • 18 Wheels of Justice (2000) – Shooter in "Two Eyes for an Eye" (Episode 1.11)
  • The Twilight Zone (2002) – Rickey in Episode: "Harsh Mistress" (Episode 1.13)
  • Just Cause (2002) – in "Fading Star" (Episode 1.11)
  • The Shield (2002–2006) – Kern Little in "Dawg Days" (Episode 1.04), "Carnivores" (Episode 1.11), "Inferno" (Episode 2.11) "Playing Tight" (Episode 3.01), "Blood and Water" (Episode 3.02) and "Of Mice and Lem" (Episode 5.10)
  • Over There (2005) – Maurice "Smoke" Williams
  • Blade: The Series (2006) – Blade
  • Law & Order: Criminal Intent (2007) – Harry Williams in "Flipped" (Episode 6.14)
  • Burn Notice (2009) – Felix Cole (Episode 2.11)
  • NCIS Los Angeles (2010) – Rashad "Slide" Hollander
  • Rizzoli & Isles (2010) – in Episode 1.10
  • NYC 22 – Monsta White in "Firebomb" (Episode 1.02)

Video games[edit]

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