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)
Origin New York City, New York, United States
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 http://www.stickyfingaz.com
http://www.majorindependents.com

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

One of his popular performances was on Eminem's The Marshall Mathers LP on the song "Remember Me?" Sticky's verse was intended for Dr. Dre's album, but Eminem loved the verse so much that he insisted it be on his album.[1]

Early life[edit]

Born in Brooklyn, New York City, on November 3, 1973, Jones and his cousin Fredro Starr worked in Nu-Tribe, a barber shop in Jamaica, Queens, New York, New York. The duo eventually would become part of the music group known as Onyx, one of the record label Def Jam's biggest selling artists.

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 also collaborated with various artists, including Eminem on his Marshall Mathers LP, and Snoop Doggy Dogg on No Limit Top Dogg. He has also appeared on albums by MC Eiht (Underground Hero), Biohazard (New World Order), 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
Year Film Role Notes
1993 Strapped As one of the suspects in the suspect lineup
1995 Clockers Scientific
Dead Presidents Martin
1998 Ride Brotha X
Le New Yorker Harlem Homeboy
1999 In Too Deep Ozzie
Game Day Wille
Black and White Himself
2000 Next Friday Tyrone
True Vinyl Power Z
The Playaz Court T-Bone
Boricua's Bond
The Price of Air D
Lockdown Broadway
2001 Lift Quik
MacArthur Park E-Max
Flossin Himself
2002 L.A.X. Leon
Reality Check Brock
2003 Hot Parts Toby
Malibooty! Raymond
Ride or Die Demise
Leprechaun: Back 2 tha Hood Cedric
2004 Gas Craig
Doing Hard Time Eddie Mathematic
Flight of the Phoenix Jeremy
2005 House of the Dead 2: Dead Aim Dalton
2008 Nite Tales: The Movie Dice
2009 Dough Boys Deuce
Karma, Confessions and Holi Rich Smooth
Breaking Point Richard Allen
Steppin: The Movie Cedric
A Day in the Life Stick Also Director
2010 Once Fallen Leshaun
Hard Breakers Shay
Caught on Tape Mark
Immortal Cycle Wade
2012 Changing the Game Craig Jenkins
2013 Motel

Television[edit]

  • Platinum playing Grady Rhames as a regular cast member
  • New York Undercover (1995) playing Khail in "You Get No Respect" (Episode 1.17)
  • New York Undercover (1997) playing 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) playing Mario Baptiste in "Get Bananas" (Episode 5.08)
  • The Parkers (1999) playing 'D' Dwayne in "It's a Family Affair" (Episode 1.11)
  • 18 Wheels of Justice (2000) playing Shooter in "Two Eyes for an Eye" (Episode 1.11)
  • The Twilight Zone (2002) playing Rickey in Episode: "Harsh Mistress" (Episode 1.13)
  • Just Cause (2002) in "Fading Star" (Episode 1.11)
  • The Shield (2002–2006) playing 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) playing Maurice "Smoke" Williams as a regular cast member
  • Blade: The Series (2006) playing Blade
  • Law & Order: Criminal Intent (2007) playing undercover detective Harry Williams in "Flipped" (Episode 6.14)
  • Burn Notice (2009) playing Felix Cole (Episode 2.11)
  • NCIS Los Angeles (2010) as Rashad "Slide" Hollander
  • Rizzoli & Isles in Episode 1.10 (2010)
  • NYC 22 as Monsta White in "Firebomb" (Episode 1.02)

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