Tricky (UK trip hop producer Adrian Thaws)
Legal name: Adrian Thaws
Tricky (born Adrian Nicholas Matthews Thaws; 27 January 1968) is an English musician, rapper, and actor. A native of Bristol, England, UK, he began his career as an early collaborator with Massive Attack before embarking on a solo career in 1992. He collaborated with vocalist and musician Martina Topley-Bird, his then-girlfriend, on his debut album, Maxinquaye (1995), which was nominated for the Mercury Prize and voted Album of the Year by NME magazine.
He released four more studio albums before the millennium, including Nearly God, Pre-Millennium Tension (1996), and Angels with Dirty Faces (1998), all of which were critically acclaimed. Since 2000, he has released six studio albums, most recently the self-titled Adrian Thaws (2014).
He is noted for a dark, rich, layered sound and a whispering sprechgesang lyrical style. Culturally, he blends different styles, particularly in his musical fusion of rock and hip hop, as well as high art and pop culture.