Lizzo Hit With a Second Plagiarism Accusation Over “Truth Hurts”

Written by on October 16, 2019

Two of Lizzo’s former collaborators have posted a statement claiming Lizzo took elements from a song they created together in 2017 to create her Billboard-topping smash hit.

Producer Justin Raisen and his brother Jeremy shared their claim on Instagram. He alleges that on April 11, 2017, he and his brother co-wrote a song called “Healthy” with Lizzo, Jesse St. John, and Yves Rothman. Justin shared that some of the “melody, lyrics, and chords” of “Truth Hurts” are taken from “Healthy,” including the viral opening bar “I just took a DNA test, turns out I’m 100% that bitch.”

Here is the Instagram post with the two songs side-by-side for comparison:

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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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