Songwriter and producer, Justin Raisen, posted a video to Instagram on Monday (October 14) in an effort to compare "Truth Hurts" to a single called "Healthy" that he allegedly wrote with Lizzo and other songwriters in 2017. In addition to claiming the songs shared the same melody, Justin posted a lengthy caption, detailing how he allegedly wrote "Truth Hurts"' famous line: "I just took a DNA test, turns out I’m 100 percent that b*tch."
"The Truth about 'Truth Hurts,'" he began. "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 b*tch' was taken from “Healthy” and used in “Truth Hurts”.
He added, "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."
Justin went on to say that his Instagram post was his last resort to get the credit he believes he deserves and to relieve the alleged "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," he continued. "If we believe in what she’s preaching, believing in ourselves & our own voices is something we thought she’d understand."
The songwriter then brought up British singer Mina Lioness, who first accused Lizzo of stealing portions of "Truth Hurts," citing her own February 2018 tweet — "I just took a DNA test, turns out I’m 100 percent that b*tch" — as proof.
"Shout out to the singer Mina Lioness ( @minalioness ) for tweeting 'I just did a DNA test turns out I’m 100% that b*tch'. A meme of that came up in our writing session & inspired the lyric and melody we wrote together," Justin alleged. "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."
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