By now, most everyone is very aware of this set's lead track, the very hypnotic, DJ Quik-produced "Addictive" (featuring Rakim).

By now, most everyone is very aware of this set's lead track, the very hypnotic, DJ Quik-produced "Addictive" (featuring Rakim). Where "Addictive" is a breath of fresh air, other songs on Truthfully Speaking, the artist's debut, revisit many an R&B staple but with a Dr. Dre touch. "Jimmy" tells the tale of a woman in love with an incarcerated man. The sparse, bass-driven track, produced by Dre, allows Hurts' jazzy alto to take center stage. Remaining true to her name, the singer keeps it all too real on such noteworthy tracks as "Bullshit," "Tired," and the Dre-featuring "Hollywood." With a no-nonsense attitude and the music to back it, Truth Hurts is well poised to stand somewhere between such R&B artists as Mary J. Blige, Angie Stone, and Res.—RH