Tricky (born Adrian Nicholas Matthews Thaws; 27 January 1968) is an English musician and actor. 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. His debut album Maxinquaye was nominated for the Mercury Prize and voted Album of the Year by NME magazine.
Tricky was born in Knowle West, Bristol, to a Jamaican father and a mixed-race Anglo-Guyanese mother. His mother, Maxine Quaye, committed suicide when he was four due to epilepsy complications. His father, Roy Thaws, who left the family before Tricky was born, operated the Studio 17 sound system (formerly known as "Tarzan the High Priest") with his brother Rupert and father Hector. Bristol musician Bunny Marrett claimed in 2012, "It became the most popular sound system in Bristol at the time".