Lizzo originally recorded "Good as Hell" for the soundtrack of the 2016 film Barbershop: The Next Cut. It was released as the lead single from her debut EP Coconut Oil on March 8, 2016. The song didn't chart at the time, but began to gain traction in 2019 following the increased interest in the rapper's music. It finally entered the Hot 100 dated September 7, 2019 after Lizzo delivered a vibrant melody incorporating "Good as Hell" and "Truth Hurts." at the 2019 MTV VMAs.
Lizzo co-wrote the self-loving anthem with Ricky Reed (Twenty One Pilots, Meghan Trainor, Jason DeRulo). She also co-penned her breakthrough single "Truth Hurts" with the producer.
The song starts off with Lizzo rhyming: I do my hair toss Check my nails Baby how you feelin'? Feeling good as hell This was one of the first songs Lizzo made with Reed. She recalled to The Idolator they were still at the stage when they were checking out their chemistry with each other. Reed played her a piano riff and asked how it made her feel. Lizzo replied that it brought to mind the pink sweater emoji girl with the hair toss. Then the next thing she thought of was checking her nails. "It was a natural statement that came out my mouth," Lizzo said. Reed then responded with the phrase "feeling good as hell." After that, the lyrics rolled out easily.
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