Adam Feeney sounds relaxed, even as he admits he's a bit nervous about his recent ascension onto the A-list of rap producers. "I've been doing music for a long time, and so to be in this spot, I feel like I just can't fuck it up," the 32-year-old best known as Frank Dukes says with a laugh, while taking a break from a session at his Toronto studio.
In 2015, he produced or co-produced songs for Drake, Future, Drake and Future, Jeremih, Pusha T, Travis Scott, Mac Miller, Ghostface Killah, Wale, Freddie Gibbs, and even Selena Gomez. But the new year has already put his name in the most notable company of his career. He's on Rihanna's ANTI. And our interview occurs just days after Kanye West released "Real Friends." Feeney and fellow Toronto producer Boi-1da contributed the song's "sample," a delicate piano loop that sounds like it's lifted from a dusty jazz record, but that Dukes found without having to dig for anything, because he made it himself.