Truth Hurts (singer)

Shari Watson (born October 10, 1971, St. Louis, Missouri), known as Truth Hurts, is an American R&B singer, songwriter and actress.[1][2]

Truth Hurts
Birth nameShari Watson
Born (1971-10-10) October 10, 1971 (age 51)
OriginSt. Louis, Missouri, United States
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • actress
Years active1997–present


In 2000, Watson signed to Dr. Dre's Aftermath Entertainment label.[3][4] She first appeared on Busta Rhymes' 2001 hit single, "Break Ya Neck", as a backing vocalist. In 2001, she played a small role in The Wash starring Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, as well as a cameo in the film Ali starring Will Smith. She also appeared as a background vocalist on the D12 song "Nasty Mind". For her first solo LP, Truthfully Speaking, issued on Aftermath in 2002, Truth Hurts enlisted the production talents of Dr. Dre, Timbaland, Hi-Tek, and DJ Quik. Her debut single, "Addictive", was a Top 10 hit in the United States, and featured a verse from hip hop artist Rakim. The original song, Lata Mangeshkar's "Thoda Resham Lagta Hai", was used as the main base of the track within the chorus. The copyright holders sued Aftermath and parent company Interscope Records for $500 million, and issued an injunction against further sales or performances of the record.[5] A judge later ruled that the album was not to be sold without being stickered with proper credits for Mangeshkar.[6]

In summer of 2002, Truth Hurts secured a spot on the Smokin' Grooves tour with Lauryn Hill, Outkast, Cee-Lo Green, The Roots, Jurassic 5, and Erykah Badu.[7] However, following the buzz on "Addictive", Truth Hurts became relatively obscure, only contributing guest vocals to "The Watcher 2" on Jay-Z's Blueprint 2 album and "What" on Eve's Eve-Olution. To date, she remains a one-hit wonder in both America and the UK. "Addictive" was followed up by a song called "The Truth" written by R. Kelly, with whom she collaborated. The song underperformed on American radio and video outlets. This was likely due in part to the negative press Kelly received over sex-crime allegations, that hit media outlets shortly before the single's release.[8]

Truth Hurts returned in 2004 with her second album, Ready Now, on Raphael Saadiq's Pookie Entertainment label. Its first single, "Ready Now", was released in the summer of 2004. In 2005, Truth Hurts collaborated with J Dilla on Jay Love Japan on the track "Ghetto Love", shortly before his death in February 2006. Truth Hurts is now recording material for her upcoming album and has released a few promo singles via her website. Truth is promoting this material in Europe while touring at various musical venues.

Watson contributed to John Frusciante's 2011 solo album, but her contribution was eventually left off the album.[9]



Album Information
Truthfully Speaking
  • Released: June 25, 2002
  • Chart Positions: #5 Billboard;[10] #61 UK[11]
  • Singles: "Addictive", "The Truth"
  • Sales: 338,000 copies
Ready Now
  • Released: June 1, 2004
  • Chart Positions: #173 Billboard[12]
  • Singles: "Ready Now"


  • 2002: "Addictive" (featuring Rakim) (US #9, US R&B #2, UK #3,[11] GER #9)
  • 2002: "The Truth" (featuring R. Kelly) (R&B #47)
  • 2002: "I'm Not Really Lookin' (featuring DJ Quik)
  • 2004: "Ready Now"
  • 2010: "Smoke"
  • 2015: "Fight 4 Love"[13]
  • 2022: “Cheated”

Guest appearancesEdit

List of non-single guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name
Title Year Other artist(s) Album
Appearance as singer in the 2001 film Ali 2001
"Nasty Mind" D12 Devil's Night
"Come 2Nyte" 2002 DJ Quik Under tha Influence
"What!" Eve Eve-Olution
"The Watcher 2" Jay-Z, Dr. Dre, Rakim The Blueprint 2: The Gift & The Curse
"Fever" 2010 Big Bossolo Notorious Boss The Birth
"Truth Hurts" 2010 40 Glocc New World Agenda
"Izbiagai Ot Skukata (LadiDadi)"[14] 2016 Bobo, Lariss


  1. ^ Johnson, Kevin C. (June 18, 2002). "Take it from Former St. Louisan Shari Watson ... Truth Hurts". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Retrieved 2019-02-24.
  2. ^ "Shari Watson". IMDb. Retrieved 2019-02-24.
  3. ^ "Truth Hurts | Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved 2019-02-24.
  4. ^ Sterling, Scott (Aug 2002). "Truth Hurts: Straight, No Chaser". Vibe. Aug 2002: 87.
  5. ^ "Dr. Dre, Interscope Stung With $500 Million Lawsuit Over 'Addictive'". VH1. September 19, 2002. Archived from the original on April 13, 2009.
  6. ^ Kaufman, Gil (February 4, 2003). "Judge Rules Truth Hurts' Album Must Be Pulled Or Stickered". VH1.
  7. ^ DeRogatis, Jim (July 26, 2002). "Burning down the house". Chicago Sun-Times. Archived from the original on November 14, 2007.
  8. ^ Reid, Shaheem (September 13, 2002). "Truth Hurts Not Letting R. Kelly's Troubles Change Her Game Plan". VH1.
  9. ^ "John Frusciante recording new solo album with Truth Hurts Share Watson". 2011-12-24. Archived from the original on 2012-03-23. Retrieved 2012-03-30.
  10. ^ Billboard, "Truthfully Speaking"
  11. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 568. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  12. ^ Billboard, "Ready Now"
  13. ^ "Truth Hurts - "Fight 4 Love" presented by". Retrieved August 8, 2015.
  14. ^ Archived at Ghostarchive and the Wayback Machine: "Bobo, Lariss & Truth Hurts - "Izbiagai Ot Skukata" [Official Bg Video". YouTube. 2016-08-29. Retrieved 2020-04-08.

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