Tyrone Taylor (born November 13, 1970) aka Sonny Seeza, who was previously known as both Suavé and Sonsee, is an African-American hardcore rapper from Brooklyn, New York and an original member of the multi-platinum Hard core rap group Onyx. Sonny's debut album as a solo artist, Tytanium, was released in 2009.
In 2010, He appeared on material with fellow collaborator rap artist, singer/ and friend, Greg Valentine of Mercury Record’s Hip Hop group, ALL-CITY" of "Metropolis Gold" album fame.
In 2011 His management Loyal Unity connected Sonny with Empire Music, they then worked to produce Sonny’s second solo album after Tytanium. The new album titled Bridges, resonates with a sound from the Bridges of Basel, where the recording began, to New York City’s Bridges, namely Brooklyn, where Sonny started. The album showcases talents of an intercontinental global connection, and skill combined with a love and feel for the culture and art of Hip Hop music, through the vast spectrums of music common worldwide. The 2012 release boasts to give listeners a new and familiar sound. Also working with Basel Switzerland’s own, PW Records and Jakebeatz enlisted as well …Its Sonny SeeZon!
Discgraphy (Onyx and Solo)
- Bacdafucup (1993)
- All We Got Iz Us (1995)
- Shut 'Em Down (1998)
- Bacdafucup Part II (2002)
- Triggernometry (2003)
- Cold Case Files: Murda Investigation (2008)
- Tytanium (2009)
In the summer of 2011, a board of young visionaries led by CEO Matthieu "MDB" Siegenthaler came together in Basel, Switzerland and founded Empire Music. Fed up with the current state of Hip Hop and reminiscing the music of the mid-to-late nineties, they decided to work together to bring back the sound of the golden era. As if one lofty goal wasn't enough, Empire Music aims to be the first record label out of Switzerland to make an impact on the international Hip Hop industry. In order to achieve these ambitious goals, Empire unites greats of the golden era, renowned veteran producers and emerging talents all sharing a common ideal of Hip Hop.
Some of the more notable individuals who work for Empire Music are:
Thomas "Jakebeatz" Hof: The resume of Jakebeatz's own record label PW Records includes releases by artists such as Delinquent Habits, KRS One, Dreddy Krueger and Kool Savas from Germany. Looking to move on to even bigger projects, he joined Empire Music in 2011 as producer and engineer. Jakebeatz recently gained national renown as a video producer after shooting the music video to the single "Kennsch mi no oder liebsch mi scho" of platinum winning Swiss pop icon Baschi (EMI Music Switzerland, 2011).
For the production of the music videos, Empire Music secured the cooperation of talented young film director Manuel "Manoo" Wiedemann, whose short movie "A Disruptive Element" (German title: "Störfaktor") won multiple awards in 2011, including the first place in the category Upcoming Film Makers at the prestigious Lucerne Movie Awards.
DJ Def Cut (legally: Goran Bacic) has been producing Hip Hop music for over a decade and a half, won countless awards and his albums have sold well into six figures. His instrumentals give Bridges Vol. 1 that authentic, grimy old school feel and are a perfect match with Sonny Seeza's rough style and voice.
The group was formed in 1988 and Onyx released its first 12" single, "Ah, And We Do It Like This", in 1990. The song revealed a jazz influence, unlike their later work. In 1991, Onyx was going to present a demo to Jam Master Jay at Def Jam, but Big DS and Sonee Seeza (then only known as Suavé) were in Connecticut at the time, so Fredro Starr called up his cousin Sticky Fingaz (who lived in Brooklyn). Once Sticky Fingaz joined the group, the group released Throw Ya Gunz in 1992.
After the track Onyx inked a deal with Def Jam and were promised an album which became 1993's Bacdafucup LP. The album met with great commercial success, including heavy airplay on radio and MTV for the single "Slam". Onyx also performed with Biohazard on the tune "Judgment Night", taken from the soundtrack album of the same name. Onyx also received critical acclaim, winning Soul Train's album of the year.
Big DS left the group during the recording of All We Got Iz Us because he felt he wasn't getting enough time on the microphone. In 1995, Onyx released their second album All We Got Iz Us. While the album was much less successful commercially, it proved to be a critical success. In the August 2008 issue of VIBE, All We Got Iz Us was listed as the best produced rap album of 1995 and one of twenty albums every fan of hip-hop must own.
The release was followed by another gap in albums, but the members remained in the public eye by appearing in several movies, including Clockers, Sunset Park (1996), and Dead Presidents (1995). Both rappers continue to appear in movies and television, appearing on the FX Network on The Shield and on HBO's The Wire.
Onyx returned in 1998 with their third album Shut 'Em Down, which featured appearances from DMX, Lost Boyz, Raekwon, Method Man, Big Pun, Noreaga and a then-unknown 50 Cent. This album found critical as well as commercial success. The album produced two singles "React" and "Shut 'Em Down", the latter featuring DMX. After leaving Def Jam, the group returned in 2002 with Bacdafucup Part II and "Sa'ad Part 4" released on Koch Records, Followed by the 2003 release Triggernometry on D3 Entertainment.
Source: Wikipedia February 6th 2012