In an exclusive interview with HipHopDX, the veteran producer has revealed that he will be suing Eve, Dr. Dre, Ruff Ryders, and Interscope Records.
Big Hutch’s dissatisfaction revolves around Eve’s 1999 single, Love Is Blind, which he claims was stolen by Dre, Eve, Ruff Ryders, and Interscope, whilst he was not given to proper credit for his work on the track.
Big Hutch has supplied HipHopDX with exclusive material on the matter. His management claim that Hutch was hired in 1997 by Mike Lynn, Head of A&R for Dr. Dre's Aftermath Entertainment, in order to produce for Eve. Love Is Blind was one of the resulting cuts, and a track which Hutch claims to have co-written and produced. Hutch even claims responsibility for roping in Truth Hurts to sing the hook.
Problems arose when Eve moved from Aftermath Records to Ruff Ryders, another Interscope label. Let There Be Eve...Ruff Ryders' First Lady appeared in 1999, featuring the song, Love Is Blind, with vocals from Faith Evans.
Hutch was serving as Vice President of Death Row Records at that time, during Suge Knight’s incarceration, and allegedly approached Aftermath about the track, inquiring about royalties and compensation for his work. Big Hutch alleges that Aftermath responded by saying, "We can't help you. You have no proof."
"I'm not trying to take away from what Eve has done, but I was a key in helping Eve create a hit record," Hutch said, in a statement.
The producer provided HipHopDX with photographs of the master recordings made for Eve’s demo of the song at the Larrabee Studios.
By Fiona Guest