Trip hop musician and producer who released his debut album, Maxinquaye, in 1993. He also rapped on the 1991 Massive Attack album Blue Lines and has collaborated with a number of prominent artists across various genres.
He was born to a Jamaican father and Anglo-Guyanese other in Knowle West, Bristol. Growing up in a dangerous neighborhood, he joined a gang at a young age.
He played the character Right Arm in the 1997 science fiction film The Fifth Element.
He performed with Beyonce for the song "Baby Boy" at Glastonbury in 2012.