Melissa Jefferson A.K.A. Lizzo is shaking up the music industry. From her early career in Minneapolis to performing at Coachella in 2019 this singer, songwriter and rapper is making an impact on society. Lizzo’s upbeat bops and positive lyrics send listeners a message about love, self-respect, and fun. It’s no shock that she landed her first No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 earlier this week with her hit, Truth Hurts.
Truth Hurts is an anthem about self-empowerment after a breakup. The song focuses on heartbreak and the importance of self-love being greater than any relationship. Essentially, Lizzo is singing that anyone after a breakup is a bad bitch who don’t need no man. According to Lizzo herself the line, “Why are men great until they gotta be great?” sheds light on the issue of powerful men not using their status to do good. See Lizzo’s own words below.
It’s no wonder this song is soaring to the top, especially in today’s social and political climate. Truth Hurts checks many boxes for people, thus the reason such a wide variety of Lizzo Lovers are blasting this song internationally. While it’s great Lizzo is excelling in her career, it’s very important to note the significance of this musical milestone. Lizzo is the first black woman to hit the Hot 100 in 2019 (Cardi B being the last in 2017 with Bodak Yellow). In it’s history, only six female rappers have ever reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 (the first being rapper Lauryn Hill in 1998 – yes it took until 1998) making Lizzo the sixth.
After the announcement that Truth Hurts had reached No. 1 Lizzo and her fans celebrated. Not only is this a win for Lizzo herself, but also women and the black community. You go Lizzo!
Watch the music video for Truth Hurts below.