Sticky Fingaz

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Sticky Fingaz
Academy Awards afterparty CUN Kirk Jones.jpg
Background information
Birth nameKirk Jones
Also known asTrop, Sticky
Born (1973-11-03) November 3, 1973 (age 45)
Flatbush, Brooklyn, New York
OriginSouth Jamaica, Queens, New York
GenresHardcore hip hop, Gangsta Rap, East Coast hip hop
Occupation(s)Rapper, Record producer, Director, Film editor, Writer
Years active1991–present
LabelsJMJ Records, Def Jam, Universal Records, D3 Entertainment, Major Independents
Associated actsOnyx, Jam Master Jay
Websitestickyfingaz.com, majorindependents.com

Kirk Jones (born November 3, 1973), better known by his stage name Sticky Fingaz, is an American hardcore rapper, record producer, actor, film director, film editor and writer, best known as a member of multi-platinum hardcore rap group Onyx.

Sticky Fingaz was discovered by Jam Master Jay of Run-D.M.C., who signed Onyx on his label JMJ Records provided that Sticky will be in the group. His signature lazy eye, raspy voice, and boundless energy brought attention to the group, and he became the front man. Onyx went on to release three top-selling albums before Sticky Fingaz began his solo career.

Sticky Fingaz starred in more than 80 films and television shows. In 1993, he made his acting debut in Forest Whitaker's award-winning HBO drama Strapped. His feature film credits include Spike Lee's Clockers, In Too Deep, Lockdown, Doing Hard Time and Breaking Point, but he best known for his role "Tyrone" in Next Friday. He made his television debut in New York Undercover and Nash Bridges, but he best known for his role as "Blade" in the TV series Blade: The Series.

Sticky Fingaz wrote, produced, directed and starred in two feature films done entirely in the genre of "hip hopera" through his production company Major Independents: A Day In The Life and Caught On Tape. Both films were released by Lionsgate Home Entertainment.

Early life[edit]

Kirk Jones was born in Kings County Hospital Center on November 3, 1973. He grew up in the Flatbush, Brooklyn. When he was a kid, he wanted to be a DJ:[1]

"...I wanted to be a DJ back then because I wanted to control the music. I was making pause tapes off the radio back then, in the late eighties. I told my moms that I wanted turntables for Christmas when I was twelve or thirteen, and she bought me some corny-ass ones. You know, the ones with the straight arm. I had those and a mixer and I had all the records of the time: Sparky D, UTFO, Run-DMC. So I tried to be a DJ."

But then he decided to be a rapper:[2]

"...I was DJing a bit, but I would always also be writing rhymes. I went to bad schools, and I'd be rhyming in the cafeteria, outside on the street, battling everybody."

His father left the family when Kirk was 11 years old:

"...The last time I met my father, my moms was taking that nigga to court. I was standing outside smoking a cigarette, and he said, 'You know those things will stunt your growth'. And that's the last word I heard from him. I had to teach myself to be a man." The Source Magazine #135 (December, 2000)

Lo-Lifes[edit]

According to an interview with DJ Vlad, Kirk never was a part of Decepticons (gang), but he was a part of "Lo-Lifes", Brooklyn's local gang. The "Lo-Lifes" were mainly known for stealing. Hence his nickname being "Sticky Fingaz". [3] Fingaz remembers that time:

"...When I was young, I didn't care about nothing. I was living in the moment. The only reason I was going to high school was to appease my moms." The Source Magazine #135 (December, 2000)

Nu Tribe Barbershop[edit]

When his mother moved the family to Bloomfield, New Jersey, she enrolled him in Manhattan's High School of Art and Design. She hoped Kirk, who had a gift for drawing, would focus his talents. But his cousin Fred (also known as Fredro Starr), was a barber in Queens while Kirk was attending high school. Fred had a portfolio of cuts with different designs. Kirk, who loved kicking it with the barbers, playing with the girls and selling a little dope, began concocting a scheme:

"...The barber shop was where it was at. Jersey was far as hell. I'm from New York. It was an hour commute just to go to school (High School of Art and Design). I said, 'Fuck that. I want to go live with my peoples'. And I did." The Source Magazine #135 (December, 2000)

In 1990, at the age of 16, Kirk moved out of his mother's house to South Jamaica, Queens to live with his cousin Fredro.[4]

"...We all lived in Southside, Queens and Sticky lived in Brooklyn. Sticky moved to Queens in 1990. He was doing his solo thing but we all got together." Hip Hop Connection Magazine #79 (September, 1995)

He also wanted to work as a barber. But he needed a portfolio. So Stick photocopied Fred's portfolio, took the train to a Queens barber shop, claimed the cuts were his own creations and started buzzing his own designs-all while selling weed from behind the chair. In this barbershop Fred and Kirk will make money until they hear on the radio their song "Throw Ya Gunz" in November 1992.[5]

Nightclubs[edit]

At the same time Fredro along with his cousin Kirk Jones, then known as Trop, visited the nightclubs of New York. The guys wore green dreadlocks and dressed in boots Dr. Martens. In an interview with Unkut, hip hop artist B-1 described his friendship with Fredro and Sticky:[6]

"...Yeah, that’s true. Fredro my man though. Trop is Sticky, I don’t know him a Sticky. I know him as Tropical. Fred has cut my hair before, I’ve knew them dudes a long time. They used to work at New Tribe Barbershop. They first song was “Ahh, And We Do It Like This” on Profile Records. They used to have a different type of style, but that was the style back then. The whole club style."

In 1990, Fredro and his cousin Sticky featured in Diane Martel's documentary about the dancers of New York - "House Of Tres"[7]

Music career[edit]

1991: Jam Master Jay[edit]

Fredro Starr, Big DS and Suave (also known as Sonny Seeza) met Jam Master Jay in a traffic jam at The Jones Beach GreekFest Festival on July 13, 1991.[8][9] Jay give them about two months to get a demo, but Suave and Big DS they didn't make it to the studio because they were stranded in Connecticut.[10] So Jeff Harris, the manager of Onyx, asked Fredro to come to the studio with his cousin, Kirk Jones, who at the time was doing a solo career under the name Trop and working in the barbershop making a thousand dollars a week cutting high school. Fredro and Sticky Fingaz made two records, "Stik 'N' Muve" and "Exercise".[11]

"...When we went to the studio we made two records. One was called 'Stick and Move' and the other was called 'Exercise'. And they both were crazy! When Jay heard the songs he was like, 'Yo, I love the group'."

Jam Master Jay liked these songs and that's how Sticky joined the group, because Jay said, “If Sticky ain't in the group, it ain't no group!”. Jay signed the group to his label, JMJ Records, for a single deal, then for an EP deal followed by an album deal because they did 10 songs on a budget of 6 songs.[12][13]

Sticky Fingaz[edit]

The name "Sticky Fingaz" came up from Suave (also known as Sonny Seeza) who created the names "Sticky Fingaz" and "Mickey Billy" for the characters of Kirk Jones and Fredro Starr for the song "Stik 'N' Muve".[14]

"...This is a story about Sticky Fingaz and Mickey Billy's show. And there was a Stick and move." (Onyx "Stik 'N' Muve")

Sticky explains his nickname as "Everything i touch i take":

"...So a stick up, it’s a piece of cake. For the kid with the sticky fingers everything I touch I take." (Onyx "Here 'N' Now")

1991-1999: Def Jam years[edit]

In 1993, Onyx 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". Then Onyx released on JMJ Records another two albums: All We Got Iz Us and Shut 'Em Down. JMJ Records as well as Onyx was officially removed from Def Jam on "Black Thursday" - January 21, 1999 - because the label PolyGram, who in 1994 purchased 50% of Sony's Def Jam, was sold to Seagram on December 10, 1998.[15]

Only four years earlier, Onyx were "saving Def Jam", as Sticky Fingaz put it, but now they were hoping the label would save them. Their third—and what would become their final—album on Def Jam, "Shut 'Em Down", barely went gold.[16]

"...Our unity with [Jam Master] Jay was broken, our unity with the label was broken", says Sticky, who came by the office one day and threw a tantrum. "I flipped out, pulling plaques off the wall, throwing shit around, mad", he remembers.

Solo career[edit]

That's when Sticky began producing beats and acting in movies like "Next Friday" and "Lockdown". Before Sticky could introduce the character of Kirk Jones to the world, he needed a new label that shared his vision. It was Universal that gave him his 40 acres and several mules.

"...Universal put up double the money that Dre offered. Universal is the same shit as Def Jam; it's just a different machine. At Def Jam, we smoked blunts in the hallway. At Universal, we smoke blunts in the office." (The Source Magazine #135 (December, 2000)

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.

But Sticky insists that it's not about him. It's definitely his voice and his ideas, but it's not his autobiography; it's Kirk Jones's autobiography, who, according to Fingaz, is a character.

"...That's not my autobiography. That's the autobiography of Kirk Jones, played by Sticky Fingaz." (The Source Magazine #135 (December, 2000)

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.[17] 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 (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 II. 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 2001 Jones launched his production and multimedia company entitled "Major Independents" based in Woodland Hills, California. The company has created and released in 2008 two films spotlighting Onyx: Onyx: 15 Years of Videos, History & Violence and Onyx Live Overseas: Da Illest Show On Earth 2008. Major Independents release its first documentary entitled How To Make A Major Independent Movie in 2015. In March 2016 the company created a new movie It's About T.I.M.E., which is now being prepared for release.[18]

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.[19]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums
Mixtapes
  • 2009: Stickyfingaz.com
  • 2010: God Of The Underground
Soundtracks
  • 2009: A Day In The Life
  • 2013: Caught On Tape

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Nominated work Category Result
1994 American Music Awards of 1994 "Bacdafucup" Rap/Hip-Hop New Artist Nominated
1994 1994 Soul Train Music Awards "Bacdafucup" Best Rap Album Won

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role
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 Black and White Himself
1999 Game Day Wille
1999 Love Goggles Jason
2000 Next Friday Tyrone
2000 Boricua's Bond
2000 Lockdown Broadway
2000 The Price of Air D
2000 The Playaz Court T-Bone
2001 Lift Quik
2001 MacArthur Park E-Max
2002 L.A.X. Leon
2002 Reality Check Brock
2003 Malibooty! Raymond
2003 Ride or Die Demise
2003 Leprechaun: Back 2 tha Hood Cedric
2003 Hot Parts Toby
2004 Doing Hard Time Eddie Mathematic
2004 Flight of the Phoenix Jeremy
2004 True Vinyl Power Z
2004 Gas Craig
2005 House of the Dead II Sergeant Dalton
2008 Nite Tales: The Movie Dice
2009 Dough Boys Deuce
2009 Karma, Confessions and Holi Rich Smooth
2009 A Day in the Life Stick
2009 Steppin: The Movie Cedric
2009 Breaking Point Richard Allen
2010 Once Fallen Leshaun
2010 Love Chronicles: Secrets Revealed Kevin
2010 Hard Breakers Shay
2011 Fanaddict Alex
2012 Changing the Game Craig Jenkins
2012 Speed Demons
2013 Caught on Tape Mark
2013 Brooklyn Knight Knight
2014 Motel Lizard
2014 The Dead Sea Sergeant Brooks
2015 The Road Movie (Short) Sticky Fingaz
2017 The Fearless One Tre
2018 Paradise City Chief Frank Murdoch
2019 Slam: Let the Boyz B Boyz Dmc

Television[edit]

Year Title Role
1995 New York Undercover (You Get No Respect) Khalil
1997 New York Undercover (No Place Like Hell) Assassin
1997 Good News (TV series) (A Joyful Noise)
1997 413 Hope St. (Lost Boys and Gothic Girls)
1999 Nash Bridges (Get Bananas) Mario Baptiste
1999 The Parkers (It's a Family Affair) Dwayne
2000 18 Wheels of Justice (Two Eyes for an Eye) Shooter
2002-2006 The Shield Kern Little
2002 The Twilight Zone (2002 TV series) (Harsh Mistress) Ricky
2002 Just Cause (TV series) (Fading Star)
2003 Platinum (TV series) (Flow, Peace, Power, Loyalty, Love, Want) Grady Rhames
2005 Over There (U.S. TV series) (Da Shootout) Pvt. Maurice 'Smoke' Williams
2005 CSI: Miami (10-7) Scott Owens
2006 Blade (TV series) Blade
2007 Law & Order: Criminal Intent (Flipped) Detective Harry Williams
2007 Tell Me You Love Me (TV series) (Episode #1.8) Terrance
2009 The Beast (2009 TV series) (Pilot) Caesar
2009 Burn Notice (Hot Spot) Felix Cole
2009 Raising the Bar (2008 TV series) (Happy Ending) Mr. Cantwell
2010 NCIS: Los Angeles (Blood Brothers) Rashad 'Slide' Hollander
2010 Rizzoli & Isles (When the Gun Goes Bang, Bang, Bang) Kirk 'Sticky Fingaz' Jones
2011 CSI: Miami (Countermeasures) Leo Kendry
2011 NYC 22 (Firebomb) Monsta White
2015 Blue Bloods (TV series) (The Art of War, New Rules) Clinton Wallace / Clinton 'Ice' Wallace
2016 The Night Of (The Art of War, A Dark Crate) Rikers Inmate
2016 The Grind TV 1.0 (Theft) Sticky
2016 Loosely Exactly Nicole (Brother Visits) Little Stroke
2016 Empire (A Furnace for Your Foe, Sound & Fury) Brikk
2017 Grown Folks (TV Series) (Snitches Get Stitches) Fatsy Bulger

Video games[edit]

References[edit]

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  18. ^ Majorindependents.com
  19. ^ YouTube
  20. ^ "Rap Jam - Volume One (USA) (En,Fr,Es)". retrogames.cc. Retrieved 2018-07-30.

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