Ricky Reed Explains How Lizzo’s ‘Truth Hurts’ Was Produced

After a year that feels like it was powered by Lizzo, the latest episode of Pensado’s Place reveals the secrets of her success. Ricky Reed, the veteran producer/songwriter behind the now three-time Grammy-nominated single “Truth Hurts,” (and four other tracks on Cuz I Love You) returns as a guest to the videocast to break down the methods behind the ubiquitous song’s popularity. As a bonus, he discussed what keeps him — an ever-busy and platinum-selling (Jason Derulo and Snoop Dogg, “Talk Dirty”) creative and father — grounded and balanced.

Regarding “Truth Hurts,” it’s the idea of cutting almost everything from the original demo of the track save a two-bar piano intro that actually makes the final production truly connect. “When I heard that bit [of music], I heard an emotion in it that was really rich and hard to define. Building a song around it allowed me to tease out all of the magic that was there.”

If also looking to hear about how having a short attention span, being emotionally aware and available, and yes, learning Spanish, aid him in his personal and professional life, this episode is worth checking out.

Watch the full interview above.

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