T IS FOR TRICKY (PT2)

More of Tricky’s dark, dark, hip hop, trip hop.

Tricky was born in Knowle West, Bristol, England. His father left the family before he was born and his mother, Maxine Quaye, committed suicide when he was only four. He named his solo album after her – Maxinquaye – and once said that though he hardly knew her, he feels like she’s speaking through him with his words.

He spent his youth in the care of his grandmother, who often let him watch old horror movies instead of going to school. At 15 he began to write lyrics (“I like to rock, I like to dance, I like pretty girls taking down their pants” MixMag ’96). At 17, he spent some time in prison because he bought forged £50 notes from a friend, who later informed the police. In an interview, Tricky said: “Prison was really good. I’m never going back” (NME ’95).

Eventually he met DJ Milo and hung out with a sound system called The Wild Bunch, which by 1987 evolved into Massive Attack. He received the nickname ‘Tricky Kid’ and at 18 he became a member of the Fresh 4, a rap group built from The Wild Bunch. He also rapped on Massive Attack’s acclaimed debut album Blue Lines (1991).

In 1991, before the release of Massive Attack’s album Blue Lines, he met Martina Topley-Bird. Some time later she came to his house, and mentioned to Tricky and Mark Stewart that she could sing. Martina was only fifteen years old, but her ‘honey-coated vox’ impressed them and they recorded a song called “Aftermath” (though The Face ’95 mentions that the first song they recorded together was called “Shoebox”). Tricky showed “Aftermath” to Massive Attack, but they weren’t interested. So in 1993 he decided to press a few hundred vinyl copies of the song. He cut it directly off of the tape, so that the song is basically “just bassline and hiss”. (NME ’94). Finally, a white label got him a contract with Island Records and he started to record his first solo album. He left Massive Attack to release his debut album, Maxinquaye. The album was a massive success and Tricky was catapulted to international fame,[citation needed] something he was notably uncomfortable with.

Tricky – Aftermath (Hip Hop Blues)  

Tricky – Aftermath (Version 1)  

Tricky – Hell Is Round The Corner (The Hell And Water Mix)  

Tricky – Tonite Is A Special Nite (Chaos Mass Confusion Mix)  

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~ by acidted on December 17, 2009.

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