Tricky was born Adrian Nicholas Matthews Thaws on January 27, 1968, in Bristol, United Kingdom to the family of Studio 17 sound system operator Roy Thaws and Maxine Quaye. He was born to a Jamaican father and Anglo-Guyanese mother. His father left the family before he was even born and his mother committed suicide (or died due to epilepsy complications) when he was four. He named his first solo album after her - Maxinquaye - and though he hardly knew her he feels like she's speaking through him with his words like he once said. He spent his youth with his grandmother, who often let him watch old horror movies instead of going to school. Growing up in a dangerous neighborhood Knowle West, he joined a gang at a young age.