Photo Credit: Kisha Bari
Words by: Aaron Matthews
Adam Feeney got hooked on beats and rhymes in his teens. Awed by the knocking drums and funk breaks of New York rap, the Toronto native started DJing at the age of 15. Feeney began producing and competing in local DJ contests as Frank Dukes, taking his name from the legendary pugilist. Practice led to his first production credit in 2003, a remix for Philadelphia rapper Hezekiah.

Production for Joell Ortiz, Choclair and Kool G Rap encouraged Dukes to enter the Red Bull Big Tune producer competition in 2008. He placed second in the finals and met G-Unit’s A&R, leading to frequent work with 50 Cent and the rest of the G-Unit camp. The following year Dukes claimed first place in the Big Tune competition, winning studio time with the Wu-Tang Clan’s Ghostface Killah.

In his short career Dukes has already lent his distinctive progressive boom bap sound to new and established artists such as Maino, Styles P, Sean Price, Lil B, AZ, Mobb Deep, Masta Ace, Danny Brown and Corey Gunz. Not content to confine himself to hip-hop, Dukes continues to hone his craft and experiment; in early 2011, he produced Charles Bradley’s soulful cover of  Nirvana’s “Stay Away” along side the Menehan Street Band. Dukes is also working on an untitled project with rap-loving Toronto jazz trio Badbadnotgood.

Selected Discog

Ghostface Killah- Purifed Thoughts f/ GZA & KIlla Priest (APOLLO KIDS LP/ DEF JAM)
Ghostface Killah- Black Tequila (APOLLO KIDS LP/ DEF JAM)
Ghostface Killah- In Tha Park f/ Black Thought (APOLLO KIDS LP/ DEF JAM)
Lloyd Banks- Reach Out (Internet Release/ G-Unit)
Lloyd Banks- Sooner or Later (Hunger for More 2/ G-Unit/EMI)
50 Cent- Tia Told Me (G-Unit)
50 Cent- Respect it or Check it (Forever King/G-Unit)
50 Cent- Talkin in Codes (War Angel lp/ G-Unit)
Joell Ortiz- 125 Grams Pt 2 (The Brick/ KOCH)
Joell Ortiz- 125 Grams Pt 3 f/ Ras Kass, Graph, Sha Stimuli (The Brick/ KOCH)
Joell Ortiz- 125 Grams Pt 4 (The Brick/KOCH)
Joell Ortiz- Intro (Free Agent/ E1)
Joell Ortiz- Checkin 4 You (E1)
Tony Yayo & Lil B- Based (Internet/G-unit)
LEP Bogus Boys- Gangstaz Only f/ Mobb Deep (Now or Leva LP/ Independent)
Masta Ace & Ed OG- Ei8t is Enuff (A & E/Traffic)
Menahan Street Band & Charles Bradley- Stay Away (Spin Magazine) (Arranger)
Danny Brown- Shootin Moves (The Hybrid/ Fools Gold Recs)
Danny Brown- XXX (XXX/ Fools Gold Recs)
Danny Brown- DNA (XXX/ Fools Gold Recs)
Shad- Flawless (New North LP/ E1)
AZ- Feel My Pain (Doe or Die 15th Anniversary/ Independent)