Songwriters Justin and Jeremiah Raisen claim that they were part of an early writing session for the hit
Songwriting brothers Justin and Jeremiah Raisen claim that they were not given credit on the song despite being part of an early writing session – a session that produced the track’s most memorable line, “I just took a DNA test, turns out I’m 100 percent that bitch.”
Justin Raisen claimed on Instagram yesterday (October 15) that he wrote a song called “Healthy” with Lizzo, his brother Jeremiah, Jesse Saint John, and Yves Rothman, in April 2017, and that the song contained the line in question.
“We were never contacted about being credited for the use of the parts of ‘Healthy’ (melody, lyrics, and chords) that appear in ‘Truth Hurts’,” Raisen wrote. “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 five per cent 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.”
Justin Raisen’s previous credits include songwriting, production, and engineering work on records by Charli XCX, Angel Olsen, Sky Ferreira, Kim Gordon, and more. The official credits for “Truth Hurts” go to Lizzo, producer Ricky Reed, producer Tele, and Jesse Saint John.
Speaking to the New York Times, Cynthia S. Arato, a lawyer for Lizzo, denied Raisen’s claim in a statement. “The Raisens are not writers of ‘Truth Hurts’,” she said, before pointing to the fact that they previously revoked their claim over “Truth Hurts” via their publisher, Kobalt.
“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 profit from, which is why they expressly renounced any claim to the work, in writing, months ago,” Arato added.
Lizzo was previously accused of plagiarism on “Truth Hurts”. Singer Mina Lioness originally wrote the words “I did a DNA test and found out I’m 100 per cent that bitch” on Twitter in February 2017. In August, she tweeted about the issue, writing of Lizzo: “If she thought I had the autonomy to truly challenge her and assert my rights. She would have given me my writer’s credit.”
What I cannot get over is how brazen Lizzo and her team have been in ignoring my whole presence. They’re doing it because they know I have no capital to address her.— Endorphina (@MinaLioness) August 28, 2019
I’m just the poor Black girl from London that don’t have a dog in the fight.
In February this year, Lioness and Lizzo ended up exchanging tweets about the issue. “We didn’t have the same idea, it was my tweet that was taken from Twitter and put into a song,” Lioness wrote. “Now everyone believes those were your words, when in fact they were mine. My creativity, my wit and my comedy.”
“‘Truth Hurts’ was written in June FYI – someone made a meme on IG that said ‘I’m 100 per cent that bitch’ and we were inspired, I give that meme credit when I talk about making the song,” Lizzo said in response. “I’ve never seen ur viral tweet but I’m glad it exists.”
In fact, Raisen thanked Lioness in his Instagram post for her tweet that inspired the song. “A meme of that came up in our writing session & inspired the lyric and melody we wrote together,” he wrote.
Check out Raisen’s Instagram post above, and listen to “Truth Hurts” below.