Adam King Feeney (born September 12, 1983), professionally known as Frank Dukes, is a Canadian record producer and DJ. A Grammy nominee, Dukes is known for producing original compositions for prominent record producers to sample in their own productions. Many of his original samples have been used in songs for major artists across the hip hop and pop industry including Taylor Swift, Lorde, Camila Cabello, Travis Scott, Future, Young Thug, Drake, Kanye West, Post Malone, and The Weeknd.
|Birth name||Adam King Feeney|
|Also known as||Frank Dukes|
|Born||September 12, 1983|
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Adam King Feeney was born on September 12, 1983, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He first got into music with piano lessons that he received when he was five years old; however, he quit learning the piano after three years due to losing interest in it. He later taught himself to play guitar, bass and drums. Around age 13, he was a skateboarder, which overturned when he started to take a bigger interest in music and became a DJ. In 1999, at age 16, Dukes, while as a DJ, began collecting records from the 1960s and 1970s, trying to understand how they were made. This habit later got him into record production, and by 2000, he bought an MPC. Previously, Dukes had no intention to become a musician.
Dukes sold his first beat for $250 to a local Canadian hip hop recording artist from Toronto named "General Too Smooth". In 2008, Dukes had the first paid placement for a major artist at the time, a beat for American rapper Lloyd Banks, through Mo Jointz, a Toronto manager who represented him at the time. Dukes sent some of his early beats to Mo Jointz, who sent them to Banks. Banks paid Dukes $5,000 for a beat, which would later show up on Banks' third studio album "H.F.M. 2 (The Hunger for More 2)" as the song "Sooner or Later (Die 1 Day)" featuring American rapper Raekwon. The sample used for Eminem's track "Like Toy Soldiers" made Dukes express the sample clearance issues for that song, which gave Dukes the idea of composing original compositions or samples for other record producers to use in their productions. He recorded the samples with vintage equipment, making them in a 1960s and 1970s style, packaging them in various volumes for a collection titled "Kingsway Music Library", which he sells for commercial use, with the clearance of his samples guaranteed. These original samples have led to him working with record producers such as Boi-1da, Metro Boomin, Vinylz, DJ Dahi, Tae Beast and more, which landed him prominent placements for Kanye West, Drake, Eminem, 50 Cent, Travis Scott, Danny Brown, Ghostface Killah, Jeremih, Tory Lanez and Rihanna, among others. He has also worked in genres other than hip hop, by producing compositions on BadBadNotGood's third album, III and writing songs for Charles Bradley's second studio album, Victim Of Love.
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