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Knowle West, Bristol, England

Adrian Thaws (born 27 January 1968), better known as Tricky, is a rapper and musician from Knowle West, Bristol, England who is important in the scene (despite loathing the tag) and remains influential on the scene more generally.

He is noted for an asthmatic whispering lyrical style that is half-rapped, half-sung. As a producer and a musician he is known for having an aversion to perfection preferring to build up a dark, rich and layered sound. Culturally, Tricky bridges white and black Britain particularly in his fusion of and , high art and pop culture. He drew his influences from (Public Enemy) to (he covered a Siouxsie and the Banshees’s song Tattoo).

Throughout his work, Tricky blurs the normally clear sexual definitions found within hip hop. Despite the heavy influence he drew from American hip hop in his debut album, Maxinquaye, he fights against typical sexual representations by, for example, dressing as a woman on the side sleeve of his album cover. Within many of his tracks he blends elements of varying types of music, and use his lyrics to create a much more ambiguous and blurry reality of sexuality.

Maxinquaye remains his most commercially and critically successful album to date. About it, Tricky originally said in an interview with Raygun in October 1996 that he wanted to make an ‘out-an-out punk record’ and that “I thought it was going be heavier. I thought it was just going to be an out-an-out punk record. But you end up straying. What I wanted to do was a total fast album. Some of the tracks are fast and hard, but they didn’t come out like that.


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  • eitzenchemical

    @Odinochka_Low про 7 тысяч прослушек Ю.Г. тебя, видит бог, не я подъёбывать буду.

    8 hours ago Reply
  • jae__moon

    If you're after more trip-hop that sounds like Portishead, Massive Attack and Tricky... it's right here!

    Yesterday 4:40am Reply
  • Odinochka_Low

    господи, как же уныло

    16 Apr 1:08pm Reply
  • SineWavesss

    17 Mar 10:54pm Reply
  • bodyparty


    12 Mar 5:56pm Reply
  • clusterpine

    V ебать хуйню какую-то спорол

    11 Mar 2:05pm Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    кстати, при всей гениальности дебютника, второй его альбом еще более странен и очарователен. Трики словно исчезает, испаряется в нем, выводя себя за рамки культурного контекста и оставляя мейнстрим Тимбалэнду. Просто восхитительная работа.

    10 Mar 1:29pm Reply
  • st_V4647_Sgr

    HaHaHaYoureDead, согласна

    27 Feb 8:49pm Reply
  • melodymann

    under the coconut tree

    24 Feb 1:23pm Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    uLookFantastic, с чего взял? их куда больше :)

    15 Feb 4:41pm Reply
  • uLookFantastic

    @ HaHaHaYoureDead что же у тебя 0 прослушиваний такого гения ?)

    11 Feb 6:25pm Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    кто-то сказал, что гений - тот, кто делает из личной боли нечто общественное (цитирую неточно). Трики - гений.

    10 Feb 3:56pm Reply
  • legacystarship

    Gaga copied the pre-millenium cover...

    9 Feb 8:29am Reply
  • badicek


    8 Feb 6:03pm Reply
  • magicvice

    great! ... love Martina ;-) ...

    6 Feb 2:38pm Reply
  • In_bloom_

    @TheMukeyM yes it do. Also: Euro Child and Hell is round the corner, Makes Me Wanna Die and Nothing's Changed

    7 Jan 11:53am Reply
  • uLookFantastic

    wash my soul :(

    5 Jan 11:12am Reply
  • bloodmaw

    Andy Stott remix of Valentine is amazing

    3 Jan 7:52am Reply
  • jae__moon

    "I think all of his albums are more or less good!" [2] Agreed, but personal opinion: Vulnerable sucked cos of Costanza, and Juxtapose is now infamous for being Tricky's least favourite album to the point where he apologised for it and deleted it from his website's discography hahaha

    24 Dec 2013 Reply
  • TheMukeyM

    Do Karmacoma and Overcome have slightly similar lyrics? I just noticed that I guess.

    20 Dec 2013 Reply
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