Christian Mathis, better known as Trick-Trick, is an African-American rap artist from Detroit, Michigan. Trick learned to love music from his mother who was once a backup singer for jazz legend Alberta Adams. He also grew up listening to gospel, soul and funk music at home; two of his early musical memories were Phil Collins and George Clinton. Later on in his childhood he began to listen to hip hop such as Public Enemy, N.W.A. and Run DMC.