Lizzo Accused of Plagiarizing 'Truth Hurts' Line for 2nd Time
A pair of sibling musicians are accusing Lizzo of plagiarizing the iconic opening line, “I just took a DNA test, turns out, I’m 100% that b*tch.”
Two songwriters took to Instagram to accuse Lizzo of plagiarizing the opening line to her record-breaking hit song, “Truth Hurts.” The lyrics in question, “I just took a DNA test, turns out, I’m 100% that b*tch,” are an iconic part of the song, inspiring endless memes, tweets, and motivational posts.
It’s that line that songwriter/producer duo, Justin and Jeremiah Raisen, claim was not credited to them. Raisen alleges that he and his brother were part of a studio session in April 2017 with Lizzo, during which they came up with the lyrics heard in “Truth Hurts” for a different song called “Healthy.” Raisen posted their story to his Instagram along with a clip from the unreleased “Healthy” to show the similarities.
Raisen says that Lizzo and her team never contacted him and his brother about being credited on the song, and says they were denied when they requested 5% of the song's profits.
In a statement to the New York Times, a lawyer for Lizzo said the brothers had no involvement in the song.
“The Raisens are not writers of ‘Truth Hurts,’” Cynthia S. Arato said 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.”
This is the second time those exact lyrics have been the subject of a plagiarism allegation — the first was by a British singer, Mina Lioness, who claims to have tweeted the lyrics first.
Lizzo acknowledged Lioness’s claims and tweeted, “Truth Hurts was written in June fyi— someone made a meme on IG that said “I’m 100% that bitch” and we were inspired, I give that meme credit when I talk about making the song. I’ve never seen ur viral tweet but I’m glad it exists.”