“Truth Hurts” by rapper Lizzo was a massive hit when it was released in 2017, making history as the longest-running No. 1 single from a female rap artist.
Now a parody version of the song by a Filipina American teacher is going viral, with reworked lyrics that promote student empowerment.
California Bay Area teacher Dorothy Honey Mallari’s video of her class singing the remix caught the attention of Lizzo herself who then retweeted the clip.
Mallari has made it a tradition to take popular songs and rewrite their lyrics to share a positive message for her second-grade students at Los Medanos Elementary School in Pittsburg, California.
In an interview with Good Morning America
, Mallari shared that she rewrote “Truth Hurts” after her students reacted to hearing it on Kidz Bop, a music label for children.
For her version of “Truth Hurts,” it’s about instilling the right attitude for her second-grade students.
“Let’s be great, ‘cuz I know we are great. Whoo! I just took an ELA test, turns out I’m 100 percent that smart,” Mallari’s updated lyrics go. The lyrics also discussed helping each other with homework and other school activities.
“Yeah, I got math problems that’s the student in me. Buzz, buzz then I solve them, that’s the worker [bee] in me. You want to have a good friend, who’s committed. Help you with your homework, just a little.”
Originally a song about boy problems, “Truth Hurts” has a catchy tune that works perfectly with Mallari’s now kid-friendly message.
“When the song came on — the Kid’s Bop version — they were really digging it,” Mallari was quoted by CBS News as saying. “And so I said, ‘OK, this is the song we’re going to do it too.’”
Her class also did their part with their energetic performance on camera, complete with some awesome dance moves.
Soon after the empowering music video was uploaded by the Pittsburg Unified School District on YouTube, it became widely shared on Twitter.
As the clip went viral, Lizzo took notice and shared the video, writing, “Ur right.. this IS the best thing I’ve watched today 😍.”
Lizzo also expressed her support and appreciation of the performance via a message on “Good Morning America.”
“Hey kids, It’s Lizzo. I saw the wonderful video that y’all made. Your teacher is very cool. I wanna thank you so much for supporting me and I wanna let you know that you are 100% the future,” she said.
“You’re so bright and so beautiful and so talented so keep it up and I hope to see y’all one day,” she added. “I wanna drop in on your class so hopefully we can make that happen. In the meantime, stay bright.”