Frank Dukes is putting his son to bed. It’s a Monday evening in early March in Mississauga, Ontario, a small suburb of Toronto. “When I’m in Toronto (I work) pretty dad hours,” Dukes says laughing.

It’s true. Dukes is a producer, one who has worked with Kendrick Lamar, Drake, Kanye West, and Rihanna, among others, but many of his most recognizable hits (Kanye’s “Real Friends,” Drake’s “0 to 100,” Rihanna’s “Needed Me”) began as ideas in the room next to his son’s, a nondescript home studio. He’s become one of the most sought after talents in the industry. You could call him a producer’s producer, but it’s probably more accurate to call him a producer’s producer’s producer. 

But when he’s at home, he goes by his real name, Adam Feeney, and right now, his number one priority is his young son. It’s anything but the typical rap star life. Duke ponders whether his neighbors even know what he does. “I think they wonder what the fuck I do,” he says. “I’m just at home all the time wearing jogging pants. They probably think I sell drugs or something.”

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