built a stellar reputation in the hip-hop world as a musician and a producer upon emerging in the late '90s. Many in the hip-hop and rap communities believed he had the potential to become a master producer like Dr. Dre
. By age 15, F
was a fan of of early U.S. hip-hop and British electronica acts. His melodic sensibilities were sharpened by his love of Lalo Schifrin
, Quincy Jones
, Bob James
, and jazz fusion in general. F
developed his skills as a keyboardist and, by the early '90s, he was studying the drum'n'bass foundations of hip-hop, electronica, and techno. He signed to EMI in the U.K. and his 1998 debut album, Colours
, featured the Top 20 hits "Circles," "Brand New Funk," and "Music in My Mind." Colours
won a Music of Black Origin (MOBO) award in the U.K. as best album. After an 18-month tour with a live band, F
proceeded to further trek the globe as a DJ for other artists like Goldie
and Jumping Jack Frost
. Some of his demos made their way to Def Jam Records, who passed them on to LL Cool J
. The rapper immediately loved F
's tapes, and he had Adam F.
produce "The G.O.A.T." on 2000's G.O.A.T. Featuring James T. Smith: The Greatest of All Time, his first number one album in the U.S. Soon, F
started working with the likes of Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott
and Lady Luck
. Re-focusing on his own career, he spent 18 months recording his 2001 album, KAOS, which includes his own version of "The G.O.A.T." and the anthem "Smash Sumthin'," featuring Redman
. The recording of KAOS was also filmed for a documentary. Following that album, Adam F.
teamed with Redman
for a few sessions, putting his distinctive stamp on 2002's Malpractice
. Early the next year, a drum'n'bass/hip-hop fusion project saw the light of day, with Adam F.
's collaborations with LL Cool J
, Guru, Redman
, and many others remixed by artists like Roni Size
. In 2009 he remixed the Prodigy’s “Take Me to the Hospital” and worked with rapper Redman
on the club hit "Shut the Lights Off." He collaborated with DJ Fresh in 2010 and remixed the Dead Prez single “Bigger Than Hip Hop” into a huge dubstep hit. Dubstep and drum & bass were mashed together on his 2012 club hit "When the Rain Is Gone," a single released by the Universal imprint 3Beat.