Hailing from Jamaica, Queens, Fredro Starr was born Fred Scruggs. He launched his career performing with cousin Sticky Fingaz. They were soon discovered by late Hip Hop legend Jam Master Jay of Run D.M.C. The duo formed Onyx and in 1993 released their first album, entitled “Bacdafucup,” which has sold millions of copies worldwide and spawned Hip Hop classics such as “Slam” and “Throw Ya Gunz.” Onyx went on to release two more top selling albums before Fredro began his solo career.
Originally known as the front man of groundbreaking Hip Hop group Onyx, Fredro has transcended all expectations and made a name for himself not only as a solo rap star and actor, but as a talented writer, actor and producer. The popular entertainer made his acting debut in Forest Whitaker's award-winning HBO drama Strapped, for which Starr earned a Cable ACE nomination as Best Supporting Actor. His feature film credits include Sunset Park, Ride, Clockers, My Brother, Ganked, Torque and Light It Up. He also starred as the memorable character Malakai in Save The Last Dance and performed the film’s theme song, “Shining Through”, with Jill Scott on the six times platinum soundtrack.
On television, Fredro was featured in a recurring role on Moesha, starring R&B singer Brandy, in which he appeared as the title character's fiancé. He played a notable character in HBO's The Wire as the gangster hot head Bird. He has guest starred on NYPD Blue, Law & Order, Blade: The Series, Dangerous Minds and Promised Land. Fredro also co-hosted Dance 360, Paramount Television's extremely popular, daily, half-hour urban dance competition show.
Fredro runs his own multi-faceted entertainment entity, Firestarr Entertainment. He released two solo albums, 2001’s Firestarr and 2003’s Don’t Get Mad, Get Money. These albums spawned the hits “California Girls”, “Dyin’ For Rap” and “Dangerous”. Fredro is currently producing a documentary about his mentor, Jam Master Jay, entitled Two Turntables & a Microphone: The Life & Death of Jam Master Jay and served as Executive Consultant on the Sticky Fingaz-directed Lionsgate Hip Hop musical feature film, A Day In The Life, which he also stars in. Next up for Fredro is his brand new recording group, Yung Onyx. They are bringing back the gritty street sounds started by Onyx in the 90’s. The original members of Onyx are preparing a rock-flavored album entitled Onyx: The Black Rock along with a world tour, reality show documenting their globetrotting shenanigans and a clothing line with madface inspired logos. Look out for Fredro in the upcoming films Queen Of Media, Showstoppers and Forbidden Fruits. He’s also executive producing an animated show called My Lil World for baby product mega brand, My Lil Star.
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