Dr. Dre’s hip-hop empire Aftermath Entertainment, will release the first female singer/songwriter, Truth Hurts’, in October 2001.
She’s not a glorified hip-hop queen; her talent delves much deeper. The St. Louis, Missouri native studied classical and opera vocals for eight years, perfected her chops singing in gospel church choirs as an adult, and has co-written songs for Eric Benet, Shanice and Monifah. If there’s anything hip-hop about her, it’s her attitude that permeates a brutal honesty that could only be honed by the likes of Dr. Dre, R Kelly, Organized Noise, DJ Quik and Tim & Bob, who all contribute to her self-titled debut album.
Last year Truth Hurts’ joined Dr. Dre, Eminem, Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube, and Xzibit on the Up In Smoke Tour where she perfected her stage performance by delivering the intro to “Let Me Ride” at the onset of Dr. Dre’s performance. “If she could sing any better she would have to be two people,” says Dr. Dre of his new protegee.
Truth Hurts’ is not only an amazing singer but a budding actress as well. She has a cameo part as a lounge singer in “Ali,” the story of legendary boxer Muhammad Ali, and she also plays Snoop Dogg’s main girlfriend in the comedy “The Wash,” also starring Dr. Dre. Truth Hursts’ also delivers the first single, “Benefit Of The Doubt,” for the movie’s soundtrack due in stores in September.