Did Lizzo steal her DNA test 'Truth Hurts' lyric? Twitter thinks so
HOUSTON – Houston-based singing star Lizzo is at the center of a lyrics fight over her hit "Truth Hurts" after at least two allegations that she lifted the words "I just took a DNA test, turns out I'm 100% that bitch" from other artists.
A woman on Twitter claims the words were hers back in 2017.
I did a DNA test and found out I'm 100% that bitch.— Endorphina (@MinaLioness) February 25, 2017
Lizzo has literally built her whole brand off of some stolen words and now her whole shit is unravelling because she point blank refused to cite a Black woman. On Beyoncé's internet, the receipts last forever— jade (@divanificent) August 28, 2019
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.
Two songwriting brothers Justin and Jeremiah Raisen also say the memorable line came from their writing session with Lizzo, Dazed reports.
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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
The situation comes as Lizzo reportedly wants to trademark the phrase to use on merchandise.
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