My back is achin’/ From all love makin’/ Oh, yes, I’m taken/ Ain’t no use in fakin’/ My ups, my downs/ My high and my lows/ From head to toe/ He makes me blow/ He hits the spot/ He makes me hot/ I’m all that he’s got/ And he’s all that I’ve got/ He’s so contagious/ He turns my pages/ He’s got me anxious/ He’s what I’ve waited for/
You just read a few lines off Shari Watson’s debut track, entitled ‘Addictive’. She is also more popularly known by her stage moniker, Truth Hurts. She’s being talked about in the same breath as singers like Ashanti, Tweet and Sharissa as a potential successor to Mary J. Blige’s queen of hip-hop soul crown. Her track’s simply massive and so far, her single’s peaking at a No. 9 slot on the Billboard charts.
I would give it 4 stars out of 5 for Truth’s first single. I don’t know what it is about this song but hearing it the first time round on my local airwaves certainly got me addicted. But then again, I think I do. Maybe it’s her voice or the Indian lady who sings in Hindi in the background. It might just be the chorus or even the flute riffs in parts of the song.
“I was like, ‘Man, I’ve never heard anything like this. I adore it’. I took it to Dre that day, and he was like, ‘This changes the game right here. He said ‘I love this track. It’s irresistible. I think it should be your first single.'” Truth, who has had operatic training since young, explained, as to how her virgin number came about.”The song is really simple” Dr. Dre said. “All it is, really, is a drum track, bassline and there’s this Indian girl singing brilliantly. And it was just plain incredible.”
Speaking recently to MTV.com, Truth said, with loads of frankness “I’ve experienced a lot of lies and bullsh– with people in the music industry. It’s not truthful and honest at all. I got to a point where I was fed up with that. When you’re an artist you feel like, ‘This is the only thing I have,’ and you want to push forth… Just going through with the bullsh–, sometimes makes your art not worth it at all.”
From her years of toiling in the music industry, Truth’s obviously tired and at one point, nearly gave it all up but with ‘Addictive’ buzzing left, right and center now, she’s definitely got her mentor and good friend, Dr. Dre, to thank. He was, without doubt, actually on to something when he convinced her to give it another go on the mic.
“I think a lot of the music the female artists are putting out right now is kind of bubble-gummish. Not to take anything away from the female artists that are out there now. They’re doing their thing, but that’s their thing. I wanted a singer that can really sing, but do the type of music that my audience is going to buy. I don’t think that’s been done so far. It’s been done with singers singing on rap records, what have you, making it edgy and all. But nobody just came for themselves, making an entire edgy R&B album. And I think Truth did just that.”
Showered with production from DJ Quik, Hi-Tek, Organized Noise and more, Truth’s full-length release, ‘Truthfully Speaking’, will be dropping in all good music outlets on the 18th of June. Her complete tracklisting for her debut offering’s listed below.
Truth Hurts, The
Next To Me
Addictive (featuring Rakim)
Not Really Lookin
What I Am
Be sure to check her official space on the web, proudly located at an easy to remember URL: www.truthhurtsonline.com