"Addictive" → Truth Hurts feat. Rakim (2002)
“I was hanging out with MC Lyte when I realized that I needed to take my music abroad. I needed to get out of this regional shit. And ‘Addictive’ was kind of a lucky thing. I’m brushing my teeth at home and I hear this music coming from this free channel called Z TV. There was this crazy music coming from the background and I didn’t even realize I was dancing to it [laughs]. I dropped the toothbrush, went to the TV and popped in a videotape to record the song. I got the audio from the tape, put it in my drum machine and went to the recording studio. I created the ‘Addictive’ track and I let MC Lyte rap on it. I thought it was going to be a Lyte record, but she didn’t kill it like I wanted her to.
So here comes Truth Hurts, and I had already been working with her, Nate Dogg, Dr. Dre and Suga Free. So I told Truth Hurts, ‘Hey, I since it’s your birthday, I think I have a birthday gift for you.’ She came over and got the CD and drove right off. A day later, I hear from Dre who tells me to come to the studio. I went up there to drop the song down to analog tape and had my boy play bass on it. I took it back to Dr. Dre and he called Focus to write some lyrics to it and Truth Hurts went in and did her vocal parts. When Dre had me come in and listen to the finished track, I was blown away. Next thing I know it was on the BEAT radio station in L.A. And when I heard it on the BEAT I lost my motherfucking mind [laughs]!
And Rakim being on that song was just crazy. If I put Eric B. & Rakim’s ‘Paid In Full’ cassette in a radio right now, I would still be the coolest guy on the block. To hear that Dre had that kind of access to Rakim and to put him on a song I produced?!!! He sounded like the Rakim we all knew and loved. It was like we won some type of hip-hop championship or something [laughs]. We should have gotten a hip-hop award for just that pairing of talent: Dr. Dre, Rakim, DJ Quik, Truth Hurts and Focus. It was amazing.”