Addictive (song)

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Single by Truth Hurts featuring Rakim
from the album Truthfully Speaking
B-side Remix
Released April 23, 2002 (U.S. Radio)[1]
Format 12" maxi, CD single, CD maxi
Recorded 2002
Genre Hip hop
Label Aftermath
Writer(s) Static Major/DJ Quik
Producer(s) DJ Quik
Truth Hurts singles chronology
"The Truth"

"Addictive" is a 2002 single recorded by Truth Hurts for Dr. Dre's Aftermath label. One of the label's few R&B hits, "Addictive" features a guest rap from Rakim, and is based on a Hindi music sample, which eventually brought on a $500 million lawsuit against Aftermath. The song was her only one to chart on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number nine, and selling over 600,000 copies in the US. It was also a top five hit in UK, France and Switzerland, and went gold in several countries.


Steve "Static" Garrett wrote the song's lyrics, and the record was produced by DJ Quik. Quik sampled for its instrumental track a Hindi-song he heard on television early one morning. The sample turned out to be "Thoda Resham Lagta Hai", a 1981 song by Indian singer Lata Mangeshkar, which Aftermath neglected to clear the rights to. Copyright holders Saregama India, Ltd. issued a cease-and-desist order, which went unheeded. On September 12, 2002, Saregama filed a $500 million lawsuit against Aftermath and parent company Universal Music Group, and filed an injunction to prevent further performances or broadcasts of the "Addictive" song.[2][3]

Though the original song, "Thoda Resham Lagta Hai", was used as the main base of the track within the chorus, the modern-style beats, rhythm, and even the video was borrowed from the original cover version, UMI10's "Kaliyon Ka Chaman Jab Banta Hain" (2000) featuring Meghna Naidu. This cover version was highly popular amongst the youths in South Asia, though it was virtually unknown in the Western world except among the South Asian diaspora; the cover version was therefore only deemed popular to a specific niche market and culture. Though very little was changed from "Kaliyon Ka Chaman", Truth Hurts' version was more marketable for mainstream Western release and therefore became more popular across the Western world whilst the original cover version was largely unknown in English-speaking markets.

This song is still in recurrent rotation on many top-40, rhythmic, and urban stations. A remix has also been made, produced by Dr. Dre featuring an additional verse by Rakim.

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  1. ^ - Discography - Truth Hurts/Rakim - Addictive
  2. ^ "Dr. Dre, Interscope Stung With $500 Million Lawsuit Over 'Addictive'". VH1. September 19, 2002. Retrieved 30 June 2012. 
  3. ^ "Top 10 Bollywood Samples". WhoSampled. May 23, 2011. Retrieved 30 June 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Addictive", in various singles charts (Retrieved September 26, 2008)
  5. ^ a b c "Addictive", in various singles charts (Retrieved September 26, 2008)
  6. ^ Irish Single Chart (Retrieved September 26, 2008)
  7. ^ "". Retrieved November 24, 2015. 
  8. ^ UK Singles Chart (Retrieved September 26, 2008)
  9. ^ a b c d Billboard (Retrieved September 26, 2008)
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  11. ^ List of number-one R&B singles of 2002 (U.S.)
  12. ^ 2002 Belgian (Flanders) Singles Chart (Retrieved September 26, 2008)
  13. ^ 2002 Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart (Retrieved September 26, 2008)
  14. ^ "Single top 100 over 2002" (pdf) (in Dutch). Top40. Retrieved 2 May 2010. 
  15. ^ 2002 French Singles Chart (Retrieved September 26, 2008)
  16. ^ 2002 U.S. Billboard Hot 100 (Retrieved September 26, 2008)
  17. ^ 2002 French Singles Chart (Retrieved September 26, 2008)
  18. ^ Belgian certifications (Retrieved September 26, 2008)
  19. ^ French certifications (Retrieved September 1, 2008)
  20. ^ United certifications (Retrieved September 26, 2008)