Lizzo’s “Truth Hurts” Song Review

Hello, I’m MusiCommentator, and I always love seeing a new artist on the Billboard Hot 100, specifically one where it doesn’t seem like the artist had any former label pushing their music heavily. It’s good to have a song that seems to naturally land its way into the prestigious Top 10 without anything but the sweat and blood it took to make and promote the song. So, you could imagine my surprise to see a seemingly new, up-and-coming singer named Lizzo get her single to the Top 5 of the Billboard charts.

Lizzo is a musical artist that is known for her raw blend of rapping and singing. Despite her numerous Twitter controversies, her third album “Cuz I Love You” has been getting her acclaim and praise around the music community. She’s been slowly rising in the music scene with a steady stream of hits, including “Juice” and “Good as Hell”, but her track “Truth Hurts” is easily the most popular in her catalog, which is surprising considering the song was made 2 years ago! It’s getting attention now mainly for its involvement with a Netflix movie soundtrack.  But, let’s see what Lizzo has to offer us with this smash hit.

I just took a DNA test, turns out I’m 100% that b*tch
Even when I’m crying crazy

Oh, it’s another one of those “I’m a bad b*tch I don’t need no man” kind of songs. There are a LOT of these kinds of songs, but I guess there’s a market for it, so I won’t hold it against Lizzo.

Yeah, I got boy problems, that’s the human in me
Bling bling, then I solve ’em, that’s the goddess in me

We got the “bad b*tch” part out of the way, so here she establishes her problems with men. Even though this seems like a basic compliment, I like the fact that she acknowledges her flaws in this song, as it helps the audience relate more and doesn’t just make Lizzo look like a crappy egotist.

You coulda had a bad b*tch, non-committal
Help you with your career just a little
You’re ‘posed to hold me down, but you’re holding me back
And that’s the sound of me not calling you back

And here she addresses the problems that she has had with men in the past, seeming to focus on one man specifically. She doesn’t really go into any of the specifics on what the man is question did to make their relationship end besides for this part, and I think the placement of it in the first verse is great. This song isn’t supposed to be about the gritty parts of the breakup, but rather the recovery, so having it here and the rest of the song being about her “boss b*tch” recovery from the breakup works phenomenally. Also, I love how she comes into the beat on that first line.

Why’re men great ’til they gotta be great?

Starting the chorus, I like this line a lot too. It uses the word “great” twice to flip the meaning on its head a little bit. She also comments on how a lot of men will try to act bigger than they are and be egotistical about their skills with women, but then let a woman down when their skills are put into question. The attitude with which she says it as well gives the line a lot of personality.

Best friend sat me down in the salon chair (down in the salon)
Shampoo press, get you out of my hair (my hair)

All that setup for an overused cliche?

New man on the Minnesota Vikings

Wait, weren’t you just talking about how you are SO over men because of their arrogant attitudes, but you’ve moved on to someone else already? Also, considering you’re dating an NFL player, I don’t think you’re going to find that down-to-earth personality you’re looking for in him.

Bom bom bi dom bi dum bum bay

Needed a filler line?

You tried to break my heart?
Oh, that breaks my heart

Going into the second verse, this is another great example in this song of flipping a phrase on its head, using the second “breaks my heart” in a sarcastic manner compared to the first use.

I put the sing in single
Ain’t worried ’bout a ring on my finger

Yeesh, that’s some rough singing you got going on there.

I don’t play tag, b*tch, I been it

A decent line, but a bit childish.

We just keep it pushing like ay-ay-ay

I guess if Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello taught us anything on “Señorita“, it’s that if you don’t know what words to say to present the emotions you want to convey, you can always use random filler words like “ooh-la-la” and “ay-ay-ay”.

Overall, I’ve been through a wave of emotions during the listening and reviewing process for this song. During the first listen, I wasn’t a huge fan of this song, but over the next few listens, it grew on me. Sure, this song has its problems, but I think a lot of them are justifiable. It is a generic “I’m a bad b*tch I don’t need no man” song, but Lizzo’s energy and personality really makes this a unique track. Lizzo’s voice definitely isn’t one of the best out there, but I think the flaws in her voice help push forward her cult-of-personality relatability that gives this song its entertainment value (even though the flaws of her voice sometimes don’t justify this). And, the beat is pretty generic, but it has enough of a groove to it for Lizzo’s melodies to be incredibly catchy. While I believe this song might grow on me more to warrant a higher score, I wouldn’t call it more than “good” right now, so I’m going to give it a 3.5 out of 5. Do you agree?

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