Songwriting team Jeremiah and Justin Raisen and Jesse Saint John are accusing Lizzo of plagiarizing parts of her No. 1 hit Truth Hurts. The Raisen's and Saint John state they did not give Lizzo permission to use creative from a prior song they worked on with the chart-topping artist in April 2017 entitled "Healthy."
The songwriters claim that during a session on April 11th, 2017, in their studio, they were part of the creative surrounding the now-famous hook "I just took a DNA test, turns out I'm 100 percent that b*tch," was taken from "Healthy" and used in "Truth Hurts" without permission.
Jeremiah Raisen gave a recent statement explaining why it was necessary to go public with his dispute:
"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 [five percent] each but were shut down every time. Coming forward publicly to family, friends, artists, and colleagues seem to be the only way at this point in relieving some of our emotional distress caused by this."
Lizzo's attorney Cynthia S. Arato, fired back in a statement given to the New York Times.
"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 to profit from, which is why they expressly renounced any claim to the work, in writing, months ago."
Before going public with the accused plagiarism, the songwriters were asking for 5% each for "Truth Hurts." With things getting ugly publicly, we are unclear if they are seeking more compensation.