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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 that 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, in early 1996 he relocated to New York City, 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," he made Vulnerable in 2003 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 ninth solo album, also named False Idols. After a couple of years of touring and festival appearances, he announced details of his tenth album, Adrian Thaws. Titled after his birth name, the 2014 release was another creative rebirth from the ever-evolving artist. Like 1996's Nearly God, his 2016 release Skilled Mechanics fell somewhere between a proper album and a side project, with Tricky joined by guests like Oh Land as well as artists from the False Idols imprint. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
full bio

Selected Discography

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Track List: Mixed Race

2. Uk Jamaican

3. Early Bird

4. Ghetto Stars

5. Hakim

6. Come To Me

7. Murder Weapon

8. Time To Dance

9. Really Real

10. Bristol To London

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Track List: Council Estate

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Track List: Knowle West Boy

1. Puppy Toy

2. Bacative

3. Joseph

4. Veronika

5. C'mon Baby

6. Council Estate

7. Past Mistake

8. Coalition

9. Cross To Bear

10. Slow

11. Baligaga

12. Far Away

13. School Gates

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Track List: Vulnerable

1. Stay

2. Antimatter

3. Ice Pick

4. Car Crash

5. Dear God

6. How High

7. What Is Wrong

8. Hollow

9. Moody

10. Wait For God

11. Where I'm From

12. The Love Cats

13. Search, Search, Survive

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Track List: Tricky: A Ruff Guide

1. Aftermath

2. Poems

3. For Real

4. Black Steel

5. Pumpkin

6. Broken Homes

7. Wash My Soul

8. I Be The Prophet

9. Makes Me Wanna Die

10. Tricky Kid

11. Scrappy Love

12. Ponderosa

13. Christiansands

14. Hell Is Around The Corner

15. Singing The Blues

16. Bubbles

17. Overcome

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Track List: Mission Accomplished

1. Mission Accomplished

2. Crazy Claws

3. Tricky Versus Lynx (Live)

4. Divine Comedy

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Track List: Pre-Millennium Tension

1. Vent

2. Christiansands

3. Tricky Kid

4. Bad Dream

5. Makes Me Wanna Die

6. Ghetto Youth

7. Sex Drive

8. Bad Things

9. Lyrics Of Fury

10. My Evil Is Strong

11. Piano

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Track List: Maxinquaye

1. Overcome

2. Ponderosa

3. Black Steel

4. Hell Is Around The Corner

5. Pumpkin

6. Aftermath

7. Abbaon Fat Track

8. Brand New You're Retro

9. Suffocated Love

10. You Don't

11. Strugglin'

12. Feed Me

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Track List: Blowback

1. Excess

2. Evolution Revolution Love

3. Over Me

4. Girls

5. You Don't Wanna

6. #1 Da Woman

7. Your Name

8. Diss Never (Dig Up We History)

9. Bury The Evidence

10. Something In The Way

11. Five Days

12. Give It To 'Em

13. A Song For Yukiko

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Track List: False Idols

1. Somebody's Sins

3. Valentine

4. Bonnie & Clyde

5. Parenthesis

6. Nothing's Changed

7. If Only I Knew

8. Is That Your Life

9. Tribal Drums

10. We Don't Die

11. Chinese Interlude

12. Does It

13. I'm Ready

14. Hey Love

15. Passion Of The Christ

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Track List: Maxinquaye (Deluxe Version)

4. Hell Is Round The Corner

8. Brand New You're Retro

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Track List: Skilled Mechanics

1. I'm Not Going (Feat. Oh Land)

2. Hero

3. Don't Go

4. Beijing To Berlin (Feat. Ivy)

5. Diving Away

6. Boy

7. Bother

8. How's Your Life

9. Here My Dear

10. We Begin (Feat. Francesca Belmonte)

11. Well

12. Necessary (Feat. Milo)

13. Unreal

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Track List: Time To Dance (Remixes)

1. Time To Dance

2. Time To Dance (Maya Jane Coles Remix)

3. Time To Dance (Doorly's Italo Remix)

4. Time To Dance (Fifi Rong Remix)

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Track List: Tricky Meets South Rakkas Crew

1. Bacative

2. Joseph

3. Coalition

4. C'mon Baby

5. Cross To Bear

6. Slow

7. Baligaga

8. Numb

9. Far Away

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Seen tricky live with tool in Portland 2001, the best live show ever!!!!
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⭐~ cannot get enough of his voice ~⭐
Like smooth buttery gravel ; )...yummy❣
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They used this track in an intro to an episode of CSI or someshit...( a fπ¢<-up one)
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Abbaon Fat Track......n i g h t m a r e brilliance!! !
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*tears* Karmacoma
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aarontmartin
What about Angels With dirty Faces?
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Tricky me over some Black Steel Mr. M A.
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Now that you understand this right!
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I literally never get tired of this song (Aftermath)
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Been following these genious for years. They introduced me into what I know now. Much love and respect. Thank u Tricky, massive attack
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Tricky and Martina Topley Bird, what a team!!
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Weddings? ...... .....Not really ......
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Maxinquaye and DJ Shadow's Entroducing pretty much ruled my world in the mid to late 90's.
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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
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Amazing- I used to listen to the CD Maxinquaye constantly back in mid 90's! Love her voice.....
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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 .
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Tricky is on my short list to see LIVE !
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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 .
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How To Destroy Angels-ish
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Nearly God defined 1997 for me.
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Play Red Hot Chili Peppers and Tricky
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Or for a night spent in...
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d.vaniglia1
The sound, the lyrics, the mood is so setting, perfect for that relaxing trip!
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prisca_favi
He is simply the best.
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Ahhh....love this artist. He has mesmerized me for years.
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J-Fizzle,
Maybe he didn't want her mentioned cause it might cramp his style.
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annanimal6
I'd like to see this guy live.
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Why does Martina's bio mention their romantic relationship , b u t Tricky's doesn't?!? Was he there? Sheesh.
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gurlldv8
yeah i thought it was crazy to see him the 5th E! Christianhan d s is the best song ever!
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gotta love him for his acting role in the one of my favorite movies "THE FIFTH ELEMENT".
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johnmaustell e r
LOVE TRICKY
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One word can describe Tricky....." B r i l l i a n t "
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Thumbs up...but!
Too much woman singing! I get it- she is the muse and all. And same to you too, KMFDM!
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Tricky is an amazing artist. He has the ability to turn his soul into sound.
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foxybonniet
a fav for so many years mastery of music levels upon levels :)
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sooper massive
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blanca_prett y _ 2 2
Great Music
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bomburbear
im in love
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love this music...
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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...
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Saw him live a few years back - it was awful. Maybe I just don't "get it".
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omg this man sings SO good
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vulnerable sounds like tricky trying to imitate leonerd cohen. not bad, just strange.
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He a much different person in person.
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i like to eat pie
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french.lance
Brilliant, novel, meanful work -- thank you Tricky. Keep it coming!
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I HAER yiU TRICKY!~!!!

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