A songwriter accused Lizzo of stealing his lyrics for her hit “Truth Hurts.”
Justin Raisen claimed credit for writing the opening line: “I just took a DNA test, turns out I’m 100 percent that bitch.” He wants five percent of the money that “Truth Hurt” is generating for Lizzo.
Lizzo has said she wrote “Truth Hurts” by herself following a difficult breakup. Raisen called B.S. He posted to Instagram a recording of a 2017 demo called “Healthy” that Lizzo and Raisen co-wrote with others. In that two-year-old song, she raps the same line “I just took a DNA test, turns out I’m 100 percent that bitch.”
Raisen tried to ask nicely for his percentage of Lizzo's profits. He said, (quote) “Coming forward seems to be the only way in relieving some of our emotional distress. The last thing we want to do is throw any negativity toward Lizzo’s momentum and movement as a cultural figure.” (The New York Times)