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Tricky

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Hell Is Round The Corner Tricky, Martina Topley-Bird 03:47
Christiansands Tricky, Martina Topley-Bird 03:52
Excess Tricky 04:42
Overcome Tricky, Martina Topley-Bird 04:30
Aftermath Tricky, Martina Topley-Bird 07:38
UK Jamaican Tricky 02:43
Murder Weapon Tricky 02:58
Evolution Revolution Love Tricky 04:10
The Only Way Tricky 04:51
New Stole Tricky, Francesca Belmonte 03:06

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Born in Bristol on January 27th, 1968, Adrian Thaws rose to prominence through his work as a rapper, going under the name of Tricky and performing with the acclaimed trip-hop band Massive Attack. Thaws featured on the band's debut album Blue Lines, released in 1991 before striking out with his own solo project, recording the album Maxinquaye which featured his then girlfriend, vocalist Martina Topley-Bird. The album, named after his mother Maxine Quay, proved to be pivotal in Thaw's career. Unshackled from the limited role he had played in Massive Attack, a solo album allowed Thaw to explore and integrate a wide variety of influences into his music. It went on to sell half a million copies which significantly elevated his standing within the hip-hop genre. Alongside his performing and recording commitments Thaw has also been involved in acting and film work. His distinctive appearance has helped win him roles as a character actor and he played a sizable acting part in the Luc Besson film Fifth Element. Although he has never repeated the commercial success of Maxinquaye, Thaw has maintained an artistic consistency throughout his recording career and has worked on collaborations with some major stars including Cyndi Lauper, Grace Jones, INXS and Alanis Morissette. He released his thirteenth studio album, Ununiform, in 2017, following it up in 2020 with the critically acclaimed Fall to Pieces, which saw him return to the UK Albums Chart for the first time in six years and featured extensive guest contributions from Marta and Oh Land.