Lizzo is fighting back against two songwriters who claimed that they weren’t properly credited for writing key lyrics to her smash hit “Truth Hurts.”
On Twitter, the 31-year-old recording artist posted a series of notes dismissing the plagiarism allegations of Justin and Jeremiah Raisen. This followed after the pair alleged that they had a hand in creating the lyrics “I just took a DNA test, turns out I’m 100% that b***h.”
In response to the accusation, Lizzo explained that the lyrics were inspired by a meme online. “Hey ya’ll… as I’ve shared before, in 2017, while working on a demo, I saw a meme that resonated with me, a meme that made me feel like 100% that b***t. I sang that line in the demo, and I later used the line in Truth Hurts,” Lizzo’s notes posted on Wednesday read.
“The men who now claim a piece of Truth Hurts did not help me write any part of that song,” her statement continued. “They had nothing to do with the line or how I chose to sing it. There was no one in the room when I wrote Truth Hurts, except me, [producer] Ricky Reed, and my tears. That song is my life, and its words are my truth.”
About a week ago, Justin Raisen posted the claims on Instagram. The post featured a clip of Lizzo along with several people working with her. The two versions of the said lyrics played over the video and according to Raisen, the versions were taken from “Truth Hurts” and the song “Health.” See the full post 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
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