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Lizzo is accused for a second time of plagiarizing catchy line from her hit song Truth Hurts

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Lizzo is accused for a second time of plagiarizing catchy line from her hit song Truth Hurts

Lizzo’s pop hit Truth Hurts captivated listeners this year as it topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart for six straight weeks. 

But, for the second time, one of the most iconic lines—‘I just took a DNA test turns out I’m 100 percent that b***h’— is under contention over who penned it.

Now two brothers, Justin and Jeremiah Raisens, are asking for five percent each for their work creating the line, as part of a session on a different song, with the 31-year-old hit maker in April 2017. 

Yikes: For the second time, one Lizzo's most iconic lines— 'I just took a DNA test turns out I'm 100 percent that b***h'— is under contention over who penned it

Yikes: For the second time, one Lizzo’s most iconic lines— ‘I just took a DNA test turns out I’m 100 percent that b***h’— is under contention over who penned it 

Behind the claim: Now two brothers, Justin and Jeremiah Raisens, are asking for five percent (each) for their work creating the line, as part of a session on a different song, with the 31-year-old hit maker in April 2017

Behind the claim: Now two brothers, Justin and Jeremiah Raisens, are asking for five percent (each) for their work creating the line, as part of a session on a different song, with the 31-year-old hit maker in April 2017 

While publicly discussing their claims for the first time on Tuesday, the songwriters told the New York Times that they wrote a song, Healthy, with Lizzo that featured a near identical line.

‘We were never contacted about being credited for the use of the parts of Healthy (melody, lyrics, and chords) that appear in Truth Hurts,’ they wrote in similar Instagram posts.

The brothers admitted they found the line on Twitter, where it was written by British singer Mina Lioness, who accused Lizzo of plagiarizing the phrase last year.   

Currently Lizzo (born Melissa Jefferson), Ricky Reed, Tele and Jesse Saint John are credited as writers on the song. 

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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

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Pic if it happened: 'We were never contacted about being credited for the use of the parts of Healthy (melody, lyrics, and chords) that appear in Truth Hurts,' they wrote in similar Instagram posts

Pic if it happened: ‘We were never contacted about being credited for the use of the parts of Healthy (melody, lyrics, and chords) that appear in Truth Hurts,’ they wrote in similar Instagram posts 

In a statement to the New York Times, Lizzo’s lawyer, Cynthia S. Arato, denied their claims: ‘The Raisens are not writers of “Truth Hurts.”  They did not help write any of the material that they now seek to profit from, which is why they expressly renounced any claim to the work, in writing, months ago.’ 

The brothers went further and shared a video to Instagram that overlapped Lizzo’s vocals from Healthy and Truth Hurts singing the line. She sang ‘I did a DNA test and found out I’m 100% that b****,’ in a strikingly similar melody.  

Lizzo’s camp does agree that the writing session produced the ‘DNA test’ line. The dispute lies in who created the vocal line.   

Lizzo’s reps say she made it on her own, but the brother’s say she tailored her voice to the line they created.  

Back in the day: Lizzo was seen in snaps fro man unknown time with the songwriters, in the video they posted comparing her vocals on the line in Healthy and Truth Hurts

Back in the day: Lizzo was seen in snaps fro man unknown time with the songwriters, in the video they posted comparing her vocals on the line in Healthy and Truth Hurts

The main fight: Though Lizzo's camp does agree that the Honey writing session produced the 'DNA test' line, but find difference is in who created the vocal line. Lizzo's reps say she made it on her own, but the brother's say she tailored her voice to the line they created

The main fight: Though Lizzo’s camp does agree that the Honey writing session produced the ‘DNA test’ line, but find difference is in who created the vocal line. Lizzo’s reps say she made it on her own, but the brother’s say she tailored her voice to the line they created 

The Raisens’ claim that they joined the singer and Saint John, and Yves Rothman to pen their track Healthy and that they were never contacted to have Healthy’s music, lyrics or tempo used. 

Justin said ‘It’s not fair that we were not included,’ and along with his brother say they suffered ’emotional distress’ from the situation. 

Though they did praise Lizzo saying ‘The last thing we want to do is throw any negativity toward Lizzo’s momentum and movement as a cultural figure.’ 

Truth Hurts was made eligible for the Grammy’s, despite being released two years ago, and the singer is positioned as a likely candidate for Best New Artist.      

Big hit: Truth Hurts was made eligible for the Grammy's, despite being released two years ago, and the singer is positioned as a likely candidate for Best New Artist

Big hit: Truth Hurts was made eligible for the Grammy’s, despite being released two years ago, and the singer is positioned as a likely candidate for Best New Artist 



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