A Huge Year
Lizzo has had an absolutely gangbusters 2019, with a hit album Cuz I Love You and her song "Truth Hurts" has been burning up the charts for months. This twerking, flute playing goddess has hit the sound waves in a huge way, preaching a message of self love along the way.
Allegations Of Plagiarism
However, the celebration was somewhat marred by accusations of plagiarism from songwriters Justin and Jeremiah Raisen, who claimed to have written the ubiquitous hook "I just took a DNA test, turns out I'm 100% that b*tch" while working on another song.
The Raisen brothers hit Instagram to make the claim public saying:
"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.
She Refutes The Claims
Lizzo took to social media to explain her side of the story and to refute the Raisens' claim.
"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 bitch. I sang that line in the demo, and I later used the line in ‘Truth Hurts.’
The men who now claim a piece of ‘Truth Hurts’ did not help me write any part of the song. 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, Ricky Reed and my tears."
She Shares Credit
She continued, mentioning singer Mina Lioness, who had previously claimed credit for the "DNA test" line based on a tweet and now shares a songwriting credit for the song.
"The creator of the tweet is the person I am sharing my success with… not these men. Period."
It's definitely a complicated issue, and one that will hopefully be resolved soon.