Lizzo Accused Of Plagiarism Again As Brothers Say They Helped Co-Write ‘Truth Hurts’

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Lizzo Accused Of Plagiarism Again As Brothers Say They Helped Co-Write ‘Truth Hurts’

To say Lizzo’s “Truth Hurts” is an anthem is an understatement. But did she fail to credit the people who helped write it?

Brothers Justin and Jeremiah Raisen called out Lizzo for using the song they helped create without their permission.

They shared an open letter on Instagram and wrote Tuesday (Oct. 15),

“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”.”

They added that they were never credited for the lyrics and other features of the song.

“We were never contacted about being credited for the use of the parts of “Healthy” (melody, lyrics, and chords) that appear in “Truth Hurts”. “

They went on to say that they challenged the song when it first came out, but have yet to come to a resolution with Lizzo, and they believed speaking out was the only thing left to do.

“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.”

They also made it clear they’re not trying to hate on Lizzo. 

“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.”

They also saluted singer Mina Lioness, who actually posted a tweet back in February 2017 that inspired the first line in “Truth Hurts” and Healthy.”

“Shout out to the singer Mina Lioness 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 brothers included audio and video of Lizzo in the studio for “Healthy” and compared it with “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

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They also celebrated when the song went #1 last month.

Does it sound like the brothers helped write “Truth Hurts” to you? Tell us in the comments!

Authored by: Char Patterson