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Tricky

Originally, Tricky was a member of the Wild Bunch, a Bristol-based rap troupe that eventually metamorphosed into Massive Attack during the early '90s. Tricky provided pivotal raps on Massive Attack's groundbreaking 1992 album, Blue Lines. The following year, he released his debut single, "Aftermath." Before he recorded "Aftermath," he met a teenage vocalist named Martina, who would become his full-time musical collaborator; all albums released under Tricky's name feature her contributions.

Tricky signed a contract with 4th & Broadway in 1994. The contract contained a clause which allowed him to release side projects under different names, in addition to regular Tricky releases. "Ponderosa" and "Overcome" were released over the course of 1994; that same year, he made a cameo on Massive Attack's second album, Protection. Tricky's debut album, Maxinquaye, appeared in the spring of 1995. Not only did the album receive overwhelmingly positive reviews when it was released, but it entered the U.K. charts at number two, despite the total lack of daytime radio airplay. Throughout 1995, Tricky was omnipresent in the U.K., collaborating with and remixing for a wide variety of artists, including Björk, Luscious Jackson, and Whale. In the fall of 1995, he released Tricky vs. the Gravediggaz, a collaboration with the American hardcore rap group, as well as a single called "I Be the Prophet," which was released under the name Starving Souls. At the end of the year, Maxinquaye topped many year-end polls in Britain, including Melody Maker and NME.

In February of 1996, Nearly God -- an album featuring Tricky's collaborations with artists as diverse as Terry Hall, Björk, Alison Moyet, and Neneh Cherry -- was released, again to strong reviews; the album was released in the U.S. six months later. After completing the second full-fledged Tricky album, he relocated to New York City early in 1996 where he began working with underground rappers. An EP called Grassroots was released in the U.S. in September. Two months later, Tricky's official second album, Pre-Millennium Tension, was released. Again, Tricky received positive reviews, though there were a few dissenting opinions.

In addition to his three releases of 1996, he remixed artists as diverse as Elvis Costello, Garbage, Yoko Ono, and Bush. Tricky's next full-length solo effort, Angels with Dirty Faces, appeared in 1998, followed a year later by Juxtapose, a collaboration with Cypress Hill's DJ Muggs and DMX's Grease. In 2001, Tricky returned with the Mission Accomplished EP, which was released by the Epitaph subsidiary label Anti. Blowback, his first for Hollywood Records, appeared later that June and included various collaborations with Hawkman, Live's Ed Kowalczyk, and Red Hot Chili Peppers' Anthony Kiedis and John Frusciante. Increasingly aware of his brooding persona in the media and annoyed that popular music magazines had started labeling him "the Dark Prince," in 2003, he made Vulnerable as an attempt to expose himself as a more accessible artist. The same year, the Back to Mine label released an album of remixes that he compiled, before he took a five-year hiatus from recording new material. Knowle West Boy, his most critically acclaimed recording since Pre-Millennium Tension, marked a strong return by the trip-hop pioneer in 2008, and Tricky toured for a solid year behind it. In August of 2010, he emerged with the single "Murder Weapon" a reworking of Echo Minott's '90s-era dancehall hit that obsessed him. Following in the tradition of his infamous read of Public Enemy's "Black Steel" with backing vocalist Martina Topley-Bird, "Murder Weapon," like its precursor, also featured a female voice, in this case, Irish-Italian singer Franky Riley, one of his backing vocalists on the road. Tricky followed the single with the album Mixed Race later that fall. Unhappy with Domino Records, he started his own False Idols label for the release of his tenth solo album, also named False Idols. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi
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Selected Discography

Comments

*tears* Karmacoma
aarontmartin
What about Angels With dirty Faces?
Don't read this because it actually works. You will get kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. However if you do not post this comment on at-least 3 songs you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary. Put this at- least 5 songs in at-least 143 minutes when done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works.you will get k.
Tricky me over some Black Steel Mr. M A.
Now that you understand this right!
I literally never get tired of this song (Aftermath)
Been following these genious for years. They introduced me into what I know now. Much love and respect. Thank u Tricky, massive attack
Tricky and Martina Topley Bird, what a team!!
Weddings? ...... .....Not really ......
Maxinquaye and DJ Shadow's Entroducing pretty much ruled my world in the mid to late 90's.
I accidently bought this album instead of Tool when I was 11. Back then I was like, wtf..... Now I'm like, i need to grab that when I go back home. lol
Amazing- I used to listen to the CD Maxinquaye constantly back in mid 90's! Love her voice.....
By far one of my favorite artists. I love the depth and darkness and could listen to Tricky all of the day and all of the night...mmmh m m m .
Tricky is on my short list to see LIVE !
awesome artist awesome live saw him for the first time opening for tool and then caught him on his own tour a couple years later. never disappoints. music revolutionar y .
How To Destroy Angels-ish
Nearly God defined 1997 for me.
Play Red Hot Chili Peppers and Tricky
Or for a night spent in...
d.vaniglia1
The sound, the lyrics, the mood is so setting, perfect for that relaxing trip!
prisca_favi
He is simply the best.
Ahhh....love this artist. He has mesmerized me for years.
J-Fizzle,
Maybe he didn't want her mentioned cause it might cramp his style.
I'd like to see this guy live.
Why does Martina's bio mention their romantic relationship , b u t Tricky's doesn't?!? Was he there? Sheesh.
gurlldv8
yeah i thought it was crazy to see him the 5th E! Christianhan d s is the best song ever!
gotta love him for his acting role in the one of my favorite movies "THE FIFTH ELEMENT".
johnmaustell e r
LOVE TRICKY
smfugazi
One word can describe Tricky....." B r i l l i a n t "
Thumbs up...but!
Too much woman singing! I get it- she is the muse and all. And same to you too, KMFDM!
Tricky is an amazing artist. He has the ability to turn his soul into sound.
foxybonniet
a fav for so many years mastery of music levels upon levels :)
sooper massive
blanca_prett y _ 2 2
Great Music
bomburbear
im in love
love this music...
Amazing! Have caught two show in the last year...Love how first thing, takes a couple blunts to the dome...with his back to the crowd then into the show...Amazi n g and super talented artist...
Saw him live a few years back - it was awful. Maybe I just don't "get it".
omg this man sings SO good
vulnerable sounds like tricky trying to imitate leonerd cohen. not bad, just strange.
He a much different person in person.
i like to eat pie
french.lance
Brilliant, novel, meanful work -- thank you Tricky. Keep it coming!
ppppppppphhh a t
I HAER yiU TRICKY!~!!!
Tricky, real, ambient, deep, and sexy hot music!
So soulful, so unique. Tricky is an artist supreme!
tricky is in my top 10 artistist off all time, however i have a real problem with his album vulnerable. it seems he lost all his creativity that is sad.
ravenleaf
A modern genius; but that Martina is on every album in his name is not correct. She left after Angels With Dirty Faces, which is not listed in Pandora's discography. Tricky has continued to do well, but I miss Martina's influence. I don't spend much time with any of the music that came out after Mission Accomplished .
Easily the best Trip-Hop artist to date. Amazing lyricist and composer.

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