Truthfully Speaking

Truthfully Speaking

by Truth Hurts



Dr. Dre boasts that if his protégée Truth Hurts (neé Shari Watson) could sing any better, she'd be two people -- and he isn't lying. Like her strong-willed and vocally gifted peers Mary J. and Jill Scott, Truth Hurts shines brightest on the tracks where her jazz-honed and blues-informed vocals are front-and-center, as on the sparse, handclap-accented "Next to Me"; the bass-driven "Jimmy," about a lover on lockdown; and the rapturous mid-tempo groove "This Feeling," reminiscent of the heart-wrenching, old-school soul of Teena Marie. But her smooth vocals can't mask her painfully honest lyrics, which prompted Dre to coin the stage name Truth Hurts -- not many R&B divas can make the chorus "Bullshit pours down like rain" sound pretty. Although Truth's vocals are diluted on several of the disc's up-tempo tracks, including the R. Kelly-produced "The Truth," DJ Quik's funky, Bollywood-sampled production on "Addictive" has made it an early dance-floor favorite. Truthfully Speaking, when her vocals aren't overshadowed by the uneven production, this diva breaks free from the conventions of cookie-cutter hip-hop soul.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/25/2002
Label: Interscope Records
UPC: 0606949333126
catalogNumber: 493331


  1. Push Play
  2. Addictive
  3. Next to Me
  4. Jimmy
  5. Grown
  6. This Feeling
  7. Tired
  8. I'm Not Really Lookin'
  9. B.S.
  10. Queen Of The Ghetto
  11. The Truth
  12. Real
  13. Hollywood
  14. Do Me

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Truth Hurts   Primary Artist
R. Kelly   Background Vocals
DJ Quik   Percussion,scratching
Rakim   Vocals
Barbara Wilson   Background Vocals
Lyle Workman   Acoustic Guitar
Big Rube   Track Performer
Raphael Saadiq   Bass
B Brock & The Sultans   Percussion
Karl Hunter   Saxophone
Mike Elizondo   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards
Shari Watson   Vocals
Camara Kambon   Keyboards
Mike Hardnett   Bass,Guitar
Tracey Nelson   Background Vocals
Errol "Poppi" McCalla   Multi Instruments
Chuck Prada   Percussion
Ron Blake   Trumpet
Erik "Baby Jesus" Coomes   Bass
Paul Blake   Guitar
Scott Storch   Keyboards

Technical Credits

DJ Hi-Tek   Producer
Dr. Dre   Producer,Executive Producer
R. Kelly   Producer
Conley Abrams   Engineer
Keith Cohen   Engineer
DJ Quik   Producer,Engineer
John Frye   Engineer
Richard Huredia   Engineer
Taavi Mote   Engineer
Chris Puram   Engineer
Gabe Chiesa   Engineer
Timbaland   Producer
Tim Nitz   Engineer
Jason Clark   Art Direction
Joe Warlick   Engineer
John Tyree   Engineer
Mel-Man   Producer
Andy Gallas   Engineer
Ian Mereness   Engineer
Pete Novak   Engineer
Ray Murray   Producer,Engineer
Errol "Poppi" McCalla   Producer
Malik Albert   Engineer
Darren "Limitless" Henson   Producer
Ekaterina Kenney   Creative Coordinator
Vincent Alexander   Engineer
Asif Ali   Engineer
Scott Storch   Composer

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Truthfully Speaking 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD is the bom'! The best song has to be ''Addictive''. I'm an Indian and I loved the mixture. Truth Hurts is a big hit star. She'll make lots!. I reccomend this CD.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's nice to hear R&B with reality, yet without a lot of whining and lying, which, in my opinion, dilluted R&B a few years back. Truth Hurts is cool, kinda like a female version of TQ, whom a lot of thug cats have been sleeping on
Guest More than 1 year ago
Good album with great production. Must buy for the summer
Guest More than 1 year ago
That track is phat!!! It is the ultimate in fusion between the east and west. Being an indian I was surprised when I first heard india's most successful playback singer crooning in the background. This singer is Lata Mangeshkar and this track is from an old bollywood film. I think it blends well and should be done again in the future. Peace x