Tricky has always seemed like an artist whose bad side you don’t want to end up on. And he’s really cut loose in an interview with Exberliner magazine, in which he calls out Domino Records head Lawrence Bell and his former Massive Attack colleague 3D, whom Tricky calls “pretentious” and a “corny guy” who “always needs someone who’s a tall black guy.” OUCH!
From the Exberliner interview:
Sincerity means a lot to you.
Yeah, I mean, I really don’t like pretentious people. It’s like – I was working with 3D from Massive Attack last year and within two hours I had to say to him “Look, no one gives a fuck about Massive Attack. It’s a different generation. No one cares about us anymore,” you know? Because he likes being 3D. He was always the corny guy. People used to rob him, and slap him and he was the guy who was trying to be cool. You know, he had all the clothes, you know, all the latest fashion accessories. Me and my friends, we were from Northwest. I come from a white ghetto and the white guys where I come from don’t like someone like 3D because they were very true to theirselves [sic]. My friends, they’re white, they know they’re white and they act like they’re white. Don’t get me wronhe’s got a good heart, 3D, he’s not malicious, he’s not a bad person. But he’s pretentious.
So, no Massive Attack reunion?
Well, I think I did four tracks with him, right, but now I’m getting texts: he texts me going “Oh Tricks, you want to come DJ, you want to come?” He wants a friend. Not that I don’t want to be his friend, but I got friends and I’ve got family and, um, I don’t want to DJ with him because I know it’d be trendy. 3D is always looking for credibility because he hasn’t got the confidence himself and he doesn’t think he’s a cool guy so he always needs someone who’s a tall black guy.
Tricky is talking to promote his new album, False Idols, which finds the artist revisiting the trip-hop sounds of his ’90s work. We love it, so we’ll give him a wide berth on the smack talk. Although we’re not so sure about his slagging off Prince. False Idols is streaming right now on NPR First Listen, and comes out May 28 on K7 Records