Bristol-based musician Tricky grew up in a fairly unstable environment after being orphaned at the age of 4 and moving in with his grandmother. While his childhood was fairly tumultuous and led to a short stint in jail, Tricky quickly realized that music was the path he wanted to follow in the early 1990s when he began associating with the future members of Massive Attack, leading him to a career that would set him apart as one of the primary innovators of the trip hop genre. After his early work with Massive Attack and songstress Martina Topley-Bird, Tricky signed a contract with Island Records and released a solo album in 1996, which garnered the coveted Mercury Prize and an almost overwhelming amount of success for the introverted artist. The trip hop pioneer, who has since worked with a steady stream of prominent musicians and appeared in film, generally produces noirish music with characteristically elastic beats, occasionally incorporating elements from underground hip-hop, soul, reggae and Brit rock.
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