Frank Dukes

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Frank Dukes
Birth nameAdam King Feeney
Also known asFrank Dukes
Born (1983-09-12) September 12, 1983 (age 37)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Record producer
  • songwriter
  • disc jockey
Instruments
Years active1999–present
Associated acts
Websitekingswaymusiclibrary.com

Adam King Feeney (born September 12, 1983), professionally known as Frank Dukes, is a Canadian record producer and DJ.[1][2][3][4] Dukes is known for producing original compositions for prominent record producers to sample in their own productions. Many of his 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, The Weeknd, and Rosalía. Dukes won a Latin Grammy Award and was nominated for the Grammy Award for Album of the Year thanks to his production credits on Drake's Views.[5][6]

Early life[edit]

Adam King Feeney was born on September 12, 1983, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. His first exposure to creating music was piano lessons at age five; however, he quit lessons after three years due to losing interest in it. He later taught himself to play guitar, bass and drums.[4][7]

As a teenager, he spent a lot of time skateboarding and gained more interest in music, becoming a DJ.[8] In 1999, at age 16, Dukes began collecting records from the 1960s and 1970s in an effort to understand how they were made.[4] This habit got him into record production and he bought an MPC the following year. Dukes has stated that he had no intention to make music his profession.[8][9]

Career[edit]

In the 2000s, Dukes sold his first beat for $250 to a local Canadian hip hop recording artist from Toronto named "General Too Smooth".[9] In 2008, Dukes had the first paid placement for a major artist at the time, a beat for American rapper Lloyd 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.

Observing the sample clearance issues Eminem had with his song "Like Toy Soldiers," Dukes had the idea of composing original compositions intended for the use of sampling by other record producers to use in their productions. He began recording his compositions, using vintage equipment that evoked the style of the 1960s and 1970s, and packaged them in various volumes for a collection titled Kingsway Music Library which he sells with the clearance of his samples guaranteed.[4][8][10] He continues to distribute some of his music this way and invites up-and-coming musicians to collaborate or contribute whole volumes to his platform.

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.[11]

Dukes has also worked in genres other than hip hop, including writing songs for Charles Bradley's second studio album, Victim Of Love.[12][13] In 2011, Dukes attended BadBadNotGood's first ever show and become close collaborators with the band. Members of the band have contributed to Duke's compositions, and Dukes executive produced their album III and its follow-up Sour Soul, a collaborative record with Ghostface Killah.[14] He and the band shared an analog recoding studio in Toronto for much of the 2010s.[15]

Personal life[edit]

Dukes has two sons. He currently resides in Los Angeles, California, having moved from Mississauga, Ontario.[4]

Discography[edit]

Songwriting and production credit[edit]

Credits adapted from AllMusic.[16]

Year Title Artist Album Songwriter Producer Executive producer
2007 "125 Part 2 (Fresh Air)" Joell Ortiz The Brick: Bodega Chronicles
☑Y
"125 Part 3 (Connections)" (featuring Ras Kass, Sha Stimuli, Grafh & Gab Gacha)
"125 Part 4 (Finale)"
2009 "Ei8ht is Enuff" (featuring Ed O.G.) Masta Ace Arts and Entertainment
☑Y
2010 "Purified Thoughts" (featuring Killah Priest & GZA) Ghostface Killah Apollo Kids
☑Y
"Black Tequila" (featuring Cappadonna & Trife Diesel)
"In Tha Park" (featuring Black Thought)
2011 "XXX" Danny Brown XXX
☑Y
2012 "Get Your Way (Sex Is a Weapon)" Idle Warship The Man with the Iron Fists
☑Y
☑Y
"Rivers of Blood" Wu-Tang Clan & Kool G Rap
☑Y
"Built for This" Method Man, Freddie Gibbs & Streetlife
"The Archer" Killa Sin
☑Y
"Tick, Tock" Pusha T, Joell Ortiz, Danny Brown & Raekwon
☑Y
"Green Is The Mountain" Frances Yip
☑Y
"Six Directions of Boxing" Wu-Tang Clan
"Bust Shots" Sheek Louch, Ghostface Killah & Inspectah Deck
2013 "Strictly Reserved for You" (featuring Menahan Street Band) Charles Bradley (singer) Victim of Love
☑Y
"Where Do We Go from Here" (featuring Menahan Street Band)
"Float On" (featuring Charli XCX) Danny Brown Old
☑Y
☑Y
"Groundhog Day" Eminem The Marshall Mathers LP 2
☑Y
"Stunt" Tinashe Black Water
☑Y
2014 "Hold On" 50 Cent Animal Ambition
☑Y
☑Y
"Triangle" BadBadNotGood III
☑Y
☑Y
"Can't Leave The Night"
"Confessions" (featuring Leland Whitty)
"Kaleidoscope"
"Eyes Closed"
"Hedron"
"Differently, Still"
"Since You Asked Kindly"
"CS60"
"Sustain"
"0 to 100 / The Catch Up" Drake N/A
☑Y
☑Y
"Holy Ghost" Jeezy Seen It All: The Autobiography
☑Y
☑Y
"Growing Pains III" Logic Under Pressure
☑Y
☑Y
2015 "Planez" (featuring J. Cole) Jeremih Late Nights
☑Y
☑Y
"10 Bands" Drake If You're Reading This It's Too Late
☑Y
"No Tellin'"
☑Y
"6PM In New York"
☑Y
"Lyrical Healing" Ludacris Ludaversal
☑Y
☑Y
"Rich Sex" Future DS2
☑Y
☑Y
"Charged Up" Drake N/A
☑Y
☑Y
"Right Hand"
☑Y
☑Y
"Oh My Dis Side" (featuring Quavo) Travis Scott Rodeo
☑Y
☑Y
"Wasted" (featuring Juicy J)
☑Y
"Pray 4 Love" (featuring The Weeknd)
"Maria I'm Drunk" (featuring Justin Bieber & Young Thug)
☑Y
"Perfect Circle / God Speed" Mac Miller GO:OD AM
☑Y
☑Y
"Diamonds Dancing" Drake & Future What a Time To Be Alive
☑Y
☑Y
"Outta My Hands (Loco)" Selena Gomez Revival
☑Y
"M.F.T.R." (featuring The-Dream) Pusha T Push - Darkest Before The Dawn
☑Y
☑Y
2016 "Needed Me" Rihanna Anti
☑Y
☑Y
"Sex With Me"
"Real Friends" Kanye West The Life of Pablo
☑Y
☑Y
"Bentley Truck" (featuring Lil Wayne) 2 Chainz ColleGrove
☑Y
☑Y
"Untitled 07 | 2014 -2016" Kendrick Lamar Untitled Unmastered
☑Y
"Pop Style" Drake Views
☑Y
☑Y
"Overtime" (featuring Miguel & Justine Skye) Schoolboy Q Blank Face LP
☑Y
☑Y
"Work For It" (featuring Big Sean, Gucci Mane & 2 Chainz) Dj Khaled Major Key
☑Y
☑Y
"Friends With Benefits" Tory Lanez I Told You
☑Y
☑Y
"Different now" Fetty Wap N/A
☑Y
☑Y
"Zaddy" Ty Dolla Sign Campaign
☑Y
☑Y
"Pick Up The Phone" (featuring Young Thug & Quavo) Travis Scott Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight
☑Y
☑Y
"Lose"
"We" (featuring CeeLoGreen) Mac Miller The Divine Feminine
☑Y
☑Y
"Stay"
"Planet God Damn" (featuring Njomza)
"Make U a Believer" Usher Hard II Love
☑Y
☑Y
"Trust Nobody" (featuring Selena Gomez & Tory Lanez) Cashmere Cat 9
☑Y
☑Y
"Circles" (featuring Desiigner & Ty Dolla Sign) Pusha T N/A
☑Y
☑Y
"Fake Love" Drake More Life
☑Y
☑Y
"A Bigger Picture Called Free" (featuring Syd & Bilal) Common Black America Again
☑Y
"Little Chicago Boy" (featuring Tasha Cobbs)
"Never Know" 6lack Free 6lack
☑Y
☑Y
"Attention" The Weeknd Starboy
☑Y
☑Y
"Immortal" J. Cole 4 Your Eyez Only
☑Y
"Cold" Post Malone Stoney
☑Y
"Congratulations" (featuring Quavo)
"Deja Vu" (featuring Justin Bieber)
2017 "Green Light" Lorde Melodrama
☑Y
"Regret In Your Tears" Nicki Minaj N/A
☑Y
☑Y
"Madiba Riddim" Drake More Life
☑Y
☑Y
"Still Got Time" (featuring PartyNextDoor) ZAYN TBA
☑Y
☑Y
"Biking" (featuring Jay-Z & Tyler, The Creator) Frank Ocean N/A
☑Y
☑Y
"Always (Outro)" Bryson Tiller True to Self
☑Y
☑Y
"Perfect Places" Lorde Melodrama
☑Y
"Divina Commedia" G-Dragon Kwon Ji Yong
☑Y
☑Y
"Go Gina" SZA Ctrl
☑Y
☑Y
"Lullaby" Joyner Lucas 508-507-2209
☑Y
☑Y
"Homemade Dynamite" (solo/feat. Khalid, Post Malone & SZA) Lorde Melodrama
☑Y
"Hard Feelings / Loveless"
"Sober II (Melodrama)"
"Supercut"
"Wedding Crashers" (featuring Offset) Amine Good For You
☑Y
☑Y
"Yellow"
"Spice Girl"
"Sundays"
"Beach Boy"
"Comfortable" (featuring Kranium) Bebe Rexha All Your Fault: Pt. 2
☑Y
"Havana" (featuring Young Thug) Camila Cabello Camila
☑Y
☑Y
☑Y
"Damage" (with Halsey) PartyNextDoor Seven Days
☑Y
☑Y
"Fingers Blue" (featuring Travis Scott) Smokepurpp Deadstar
☑Y
☑Y
"Tough Love" Chris Brown Heartbreak on a Full Moon
☑Y
2018 "Never Be The Same" Camila Cabello Camila
☑Y
☑Y
☑Y
"Real Friends"
"All These Years"
"She Loves Control"
"Inside Out"
"Something's Gotta Give"
"In The Dark"
"Into It"
"Pray For Me" The Weeknd & Kendrick Lamar Black Panther OST
☑Y
☑Y
"Seasons" (featuring Sjava & Reason) Mozzy
"Midnight" Logic Bobby Tarantino II
☑Y
☑Y
"Nervous" The Neighbourhood The Neighbourhood
☑Y
"Be Careful" Cardi B Invasion of Privacy
☑Y
☑Y
"Call Out My Name" The Weeknd My Dear Melancholy
☑Y
☑Y
☑Y
"Try Me"
"Wasted Times"
"I Was Never There" (featuring Gesaffelstein)
"Privilege"
"2 Lit 2 Late Interlude" Nicki Minaj Queen
☑Y
☑Y
"Style Stealer" Gunna Drip Harder
☑Y
☑Y
"Intro" Forever Neverland
☑Y
☑Y
"Purple Like the Summer Rain"
"Antares" Kris Wu Antares
☑Y
☑Y
"We Alive"
"Splashin" Rich the Kid The World Is Yours 2
☑Y
☑Y
"Wow" Post Malone Hollywood's Bleeding
☑Y
☑Y
2019 "Into You" Julia Michaels Inner Monologue Part 1
☑Y
☑Y
"I Forgot That You Existed" Taylor Swift Lover
☑Y
☑Y
"Afterglow"
"It's Nice to Have a Friend"
"Lilly" IDK Is He Real
☑Y
☑Y
2020 "Dolerme" Rosalía TBA
☑Y
☑Y

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result Ref(s)
2017 Grammy Awards Album of the Year Views (as a producer) Nominated [5]
2019 Latin Grammy Awards Best Urban Song "Con Altura" (as a songwriter) Won [6]
2020 Latin Grammy Awards Best Pop/Rock Song "Dolerme" (as a songwriter) Pending [17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Frank Dukes on Twitter". twitter.com. Retrieved 3 March 2017.
  2. ^ Meron Gaudet (February 11, 2015). "Frank Dukes is the Busiest Producer You Know Nothing About". Noisey. Retrieved February 14, 2015.
  3. ^ "Producer Frank Dukes Breaks Down "0 to 100" Issue Between Diddy & Drake". MissInfo.TV. February 12, 2015. Retrieved February 14, 2015.
  4. ^ a b c d e "Meet Frank Dukes, Your Favorite Artist's Favorite Producer".
  5. ^ a b "Frank Dukes". grammy.com. The Recording Academy. Retrieved April 8, 2020.
  6. ^ a b "20a Entrega Annual del Latin GRAMMY". latingrammy.com. The Latin Recording Academy. Retrieved April 8, 2020.
  7. ^ "Frank Dukes".
  8. ^ a b c "Frank Dukes Is Low-Key Producing Everyone Right Now".
  9. ^ a b "A Suitcase Full Of Vinyl: The Frank Dukes Interview". September 1, 2010.
  10. ^ "Kingsway Music Library by Frank Dukes - Original Samples & Music".
  11. ^ ""I Want to Evolve": Frank Dukes on the Past, Present & Future of Sampling - DJBooth Article".
  12. ^ "Puff Daddy Initially Passed On "0 To 100" Beat, According To Frank Dukes". HipHopDX.
  13. ^ "Toronto Producer Frank Dukes Talks Collaboration with Badbadnotgood".
  14. ^ td-sub (2016-10-31). "You're the Worst! An interview with BadBadNotGood". Totally Dublin. Retrieved 2020-06-30.
  15. ^ Ritchie, Kevin (2016-07-20). "In the studio with: BadBadNotGood". NOW Magazine. Retrieved 2020-06-29.
  16. ^ "Frank Dukes | Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2018-11-17.
  17. ^ "21st Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards® FINAL Nominations" (PDF). latingrammy.com. The Latin Recording Academy. Retrieved September 30, 2020.