News: Scott Storch On Fighting Drug Addiction, "Ludacris Came Over To Check On Me"

Tuesday, Dec 29, 2009 1:00PM

Written by Biz Jones

Producer Scott Storch recently spoke on fighting his publicized battle with drug addiction earlier this year and wanting to prove himself to the fans who questioned his return.

Despite a two year hiatus and financial problems, Storch said he has returned to his love of music.

"It's just a matter of regaining respect and trust, but as far as track record, I think I have done way above the average producer in the world," Storch explained in an interview. "My addiction was based on being trapped in it through, not so much, depression or escape, but it was more like partying too much and having too much fun until it got unhealthy. I just made a change in my life. It really isn't a battle or a constant thing. Its just something I don't want to do. I like the way I feel so it hasn't been a thought...Dre was there for me. I remember Ludacris came over to check on me to make sure I was ok, just having heard stuff. Different people that care about me...my boy Adam. You know, just various people have remained loyal to me. Quincy Jones. I would have to say Timbaland." (All Hip Hop)

Earlier this year, Stoch spoke on the efforts he made to better himself.

"I'm taking it back to square one," he explained in an interview last April. "I found myself slipping a little bit, got involved in doing drugs and you know, I had to get myself into recovery, realized I was powerless over it and you know, being in the life that I was living, very fast moving, option to do or buy anything you want, go anywhere you wanna go definitely takes its toll on you. And you lose your concept of reality with the drugs and everything, had to get it under control so I'm taking it back to the beginning, back to the Hit Factory where I made a lot of my hits." (MTV)

The producer was previously ordered to pay a film producer $750,000, who sued him over a breach of contract and civil theft suit last year.

Matt Sinnreich paid Storch $25,000 for 25 percent of the corporation. But Storch, 35, ''failed to form the corporation . . . and failed to return the $25,000." Storch failed to respond to the complaint and Circuit Judge Ronald Friedman granted Sinnreich's motion for default last December. Jurors recently decided the question of damages, rendering the $750,000 verdict, says Sinnreich's attorney Marc Brumer. Sinnreich is trying to collect on the judgment but Storch, once reported to be worth $70 million, has had money woes. He fell behind in child support and owes $722,906.19 in taxes on his $10.5 million mansion on Miami Beach's Palm Island. In March, SunTrust obtained a judgment of foreclosure for $8,484,835.67. The property sale is set for June 26. (Miami Herald)

Aside from legal issues, Storch recently made the Top Producers of the Decade listing for Billboard.

Hot 100 Producers: 1. The Neptunes 2. Timbaland 3. Kanye West 4. Scott Storch 5. Will.i.am 6. Jonathan "Lil Jon" Smith 7. Stargate 8. Bryant-Michael Cox 9. Jermaine Dupri 10. Dr. Luke (Billboard Biz)

Check out a past Scott Storch interview below:

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