Aesthetically Speaking

Truth Hurts scores with second album

Truth Hurts recently dropped her sophomore album Ready Now June 1, under Raphael Saadiq’s Pookie Entertainment. It’s the follow up to her 2002 album Truthfully Speaking which made its debut at #4 on Billboards “Top R&B Albums” chart, and spawned a chart-topping smash hit, “Addictive.”
Truth Hurts recently dropped her sophomore album Ready Now June 1, under Raphael Saadiq’s Pookie Entertainment. It’s the follow up to her 2002 album Truthfully Speaking which made its debut at #4 on Billboards “Top R&B Albums” chart, and spawned a chart-topping smash hit, “Addictive.”

After leaving Dr. Dre, the hip-hop production powerhouse whose Aftermath label introduced her, Truth chose to explore and welcome other creative forces. Her sophomore effort indeed is a much more intimate glimpse into both her personality and musical talent as a St. Louis raised recording artist.

Truth, born Shari Watson, developed an early admiration with music singing around the house and while in church. At 13, Watson began to see another side of the music world when her father asked her to sing Phyllis Hyman, Anita Baker and Whitney Houston covers in his jazz band, Mystic Voyage, at local nightclubs in St. Louis, Mo.

After moving to California with her parents, Watson swiftly emerged as a keen, versatile writer having co-writing credits on popular songs such as rapper Eve’s “Love is Blind” and Eric Bene’t’s “Something Real.”

It was at an audition for Hands On, a group that Dr. Dre was attempting to assemble, that Watson met the man who would launch her into the spotlight. On Christmas Eve 1999, Dre phoned Watson and offered her a solo recording contract, eventually naming her “Truth Hurts” because she was “that chick who would tell you about yourself.”

After accompanying Dre on the 2000 “Up in Smoke” tour, Truth released her debut album, Truthfully Speaking which made its debut at #5 on Billboard’s Top 200 chart on the strength of the exotic single, “Addictive.”

The strong lady now known as Truth—is looking forward to a long, fruitful relationship at Pookie, and the success of her 10-song sophomore effort, Ready Now.

Already creating a buzz, the first single “Ready Now’” is a melodic love song that talks of the reluctance to commit that people often feel in a relationship. Produced by Grammy Award-winner and singer/songwriter/producer/musician Raphael Saadiq, The album is propelled by the fusion of Saadiq’s eclectic, ‘ gospeldelic’ sound. “I think it’s a well rounded record,” said Truth. “More magic happened because people came together for something more than just the money. Raphael promotes a very natural creative environment, so I’m going to continue to grow in that direction.”

The alluring sassiness that embodies Truth is ever so present on songs like “Ride” and “Love U Better” which has contributions by West Coast production king Battlecat. And then there’s the provocative “Phone Sex,” on which Truth breaks down a concept she calls “The Mobile Kama Sutra,” reprising a bit of the mesmerizing Middle Eastern vibe with a touch of Africa in her pitch.

The songstress carries a sound of soul that will keep the most skeptical listeners engaged. Through songs like “Lifetime” and “ U” the strong-voiced singer captures the pleasure and pain of love with lyrics such as, “Your love is like a fix and I cant stay high/One gulp of your affection I and would never come down.”

Truth sings with piercing emotions that are encompassed in the natural, sensual vibe that Raphael Saadiq has enticed.

“Like I said,” the songstess concludes, “it doesn’t hurt now. I feel so much freer to be Truth as well as Shari…combining the two…and doing all of me.”

September 8, 2004
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