Producers Justin and Jeremiah Raisen claim Lizzo plagiarized ‘Truth Hurts’

They claim that one of the most iconic lines in the track was plagiarized

Lizzo has been accused of plagiarizing one of the most iconic lines from her hit single “Truth Hurts.”

Producers Justin and Jeremiah Raisen have claimed that the Cuz I Love You artist plagiarized the line “I just took a DNA test, turns out I’m 100% that bitch.” The two producers took to Instagram to post a statement alongside a video that layered “Truth Hurts” on top of a demo that they reportedly recorded in April of 2017 called “Healthy.” The Raisens claim that the line comes from an April 2017 writing session they had with Lizzo, Jesse Saint John, and Yves Rothman.

This is not the first time that Lizzo has been accused of plagiarizing the line, as in February 2018, a Twitter user had a viral tweet from the previous year that read “I did a DNA test and found out I’m 100% that bitch.” Lizzo responded by stating that she had never seen the tweet, but was inspired by a different meme that read “I’m 100% that bitch,” which she claims that she saw while penning the track.
 


The Raisens also acknowledge that they were inspired by a meme, which was in turn inspired by the original tweet.

“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,” Justin Raisen wrote in his statement. “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.”

Read the statement in full and watch the comparison video 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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