Lizzo Hit with Plagiarism Claims Over “Truth Hurts”… Again
One line in her chart-topping hit is at the center of controversy for the second time.
“Just took a DNA test, turns out I’m 100 percent that bitch” is perhaps the track’s most iconic line, as well as the opening lyric, and the one that’s been at the center of these plagiarism claims. According to producers and brothers Justin and Jeremiah Raisen, the lyric came to be during their songwriting session with Lizzo and fellow songwriters Jesse Saint John and Yves Rothman in 2017.
As reported by the NY Times, it was Saint John who pulled up a Twitter meme on his phone with the phrase “100 percent that bitch.” Everyone in the room laughed, and Jeremiah suggested it be included in a song. Five months later, when “Truth Hurts” was released, the lyric arrived without Raisen receiving any credit.
“There was a bittersweet emotion, because deep in our hearts we know that we were a part of this song,” Jeremiah told the New York Times. “We should feel validated but we’re not.”
In support of his claim, Raisen posted an Instagram video illustrating how Lizzo sang the line in “Healthy,” another song worked on in that session, and how similar it sounds to the version in “Truth Hurts.”
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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
“The Raisens are not writers of ‘Truth Hurts,’” Lizzo’s lawyer Cynthia S. Arato countered in a statement. “They did not collaborate with Lizzo or anyone else to create this song, and they did not help write any of the material that they now seek to profit from, which is why they expressly renounced any claim to the work, in writing, months ago.”
The same line was at the heart of the first plagiarism charge against Lizzo and “Truth Hurts.” British singer “Mina Lioness” called the singer out on Twitter back in August for what she felt was lack of credit for her role in the hit: “If she thought I had the autonomy to truly challenge her and assert my rights.. She would have been given me my writers credit,” one of Lioness’ tweets claim of Lizzo. “She could of rode this tweet till the wheels fell off. I would have supported through and through as long as I was credited.”
If she thought I had the autonomy to truly challenge her and assert my rights.. She would have been given me my writers credit. She could of rode this tweet till the wheels fell off. I would have supported through and through as long as I was credited.
— Endorphina (@MinaLioness) August 28, 2019