‘Truth Hurts’ may be the song the of the year, but how would you feel if the lyrics that makes that song so iconic may not have been written by Lizzo herself at all?
Songwriting brothers Justin and Jeremiah Raisen are claiming that her lyric “I just took a DNA test, turns out I’m 100% that b****” actually originated from a tweet from Mina Lioness in 2017 and was then written into another song by Lizzo called “Healthy” by the brothers that was then sampled for “Truth Hurts.”
The brothers say they were never given the credit they deserved for writing the parts of “Healthy” that were then used in “Truth Hurts”.
Justin posted a video to Instagram expressing his concern, watch it below.
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The Truth about “Truth Hurts” On April 11th, 2017, we wrote a song called “Healthy” w/ Lizzo, Jesse St John, and Yves Rothman at our studio. “I just took a DNA test turns out I’m 100% that bitch” was taken from “Healthy” and used in “Truth Hurts”. We were never contacted about being credited for the use of the parts of “Healthy” (melody, lyrics, and chords) that appear in “Truth Hurts”. After reaching out to Ricky Reed and Lizzo’s team about fixing it, we put the song in dispute in 2017 when it came out. We’ve tried to sort this out quietly for the last two years, only asking for 5% each but were shutdown every time. Coming forward publicly to family, friends, artists, and colleagues seems to be the only way at this point in relieving some of our emotional distress caused by this. The last thing we want to do is throw any negativity toward Lizzo’s momentum and movement as a cultural figure. If we believe in what she’s preaching, believing in ourselves & our own voices is something we thought she’d understand. Shout out to the singer Mina Lioness ( @minalioness ) for tweeting “I just did a DNA test turns out I’m 100% that bitch”. A meme of that came up in our writing session & inspired the lyric and melody we wrote together. If Ricky and Lizzo’s team decide to settle this dispute with us, we would like to share some of the proceeds with Mina for her influence on Healthy. The clip below shows a video & photos from the day we wrote “Healthy” along with the comparisons between the two works. All the Love, Justin & Jeremiah Raisen #lizzo #truthhurts #healthy #billboard
‘Truth Hurts’ has spent 7 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.