Here’s Lizzo’s Response to Those ‘Truth Hurts’ Plagiarism Claims

Despite the frenzy around Lizzo’s song “Truth Hurts,” nothing is getting the beloved songstress down. With her song at the top of the charts, she’s pushing back against some plagiarism claims, and making others’ dreams come true. This is Lizzo‘s most recent response.

Lizzo’s single ‘Truth Hurts’

The song in question, “Truth Hurts,” has become something of an anthem over the past several months. You see, it was written all the way back in 2017. At the time, Lizzo was something of an unknown artist. However, that was all about to change.

A few things all came together at the same time. In early 2019, Lizzo released her new single, “Juice.” Then, in April, she performed at Coachella, making waves for joining Janelle Monáe on stage. That same month, her album, Cuz I Love You, was released, and “Truth Hurts” was featured prominently in the Netflix film Someone Great.

It had a late rise up the charts

All of these moments occurring in succession boosted Lizzo’s popularity immensely. Everyone was excited about this “new” artist, and her music. “Truth Hurts” became especially popular, lighting up the charts while her new album continued to do well alongside it.

While other previous singles like “Boys” received attention (after being featured in the comedy Booksmart), “Truth Hurts” was still the focal point of Lizzo’s musical catalog. It climbed up the charts and then stayed there. At present, it is tied as the longest-running female rap song at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

What are the plagiarism claims?

Lizzo performs onstage
Lizzo performs onstage | Kevin Winter/Getty Images for RADIO.COM

The music business can be tricky. There are often multiple people behind-the-scenes, contributing here and there on songs. And not everyone gets the credit for everything they’ve helped with, as lyrics and melodies often change hands frequently.

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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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This is the impetus behind the first allegation against “Truth Hurts.” Producer Justin Raisen claims that parts of the song came from another song that he and his brother co-wrote with Lizzo, titled “Healthy.” However, he has not received credit, monetary or otherwise, for the song.

Additionally, singer Mina Lioness has proof that she tweeted a very similar phrase to the opening line of “Truth Hurts.” Raisen has addressed Lioness’ claims in his own allegations, saying that he would “share some of the proceeds” if he were to receive any himself.

Lizzo responds to the allegations

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Truth Hurts… but the truth shall set you free.

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Lizzo has spoken about all of this before, but as Raisen continues to get press for his allegations, she has felt compelled to address them once more. On Oct. 23, 2019, Lizzo took to social media to share the above text post with fans.

The singer-songwriter wrote that she “saw a meme” that included Lioness’ line, and that she used that “in the demo” that came before “Truth Hurts.” She is adamant that “the men who claim a piece of Truth Hurts did not help me write any part of the song.”

However, Lizzo added, “the creator of the tweet is the person I am sharing my success with.” This was confirmed by Lioness, who took to Twitter to thank Lizzo and her management, as well as proclaim the above in the best way possible.