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Swish Swish
Katy Perry (feat. Nicki Minaj)
Written by Katy Perry
Duke Dumont
Sarah Hudson
Brittany Hazzard
Produced by Duke Dumont
Co-produced by Noah Passovoy
PJ Sledge
Background
vocals by
Katy Perry
Length 4:02
from the album Witness-Logo
Singles "Chained to the Rhythm"
"Bon Appétit"
"Swish Swish"
"Save As Draft"
Katy Perry - Swish Swish (Audio) ft04:03

Katy Perry - Swish Swish (Audio) ft. Nicki Minaj

Katy Perry - Swish Swish (Lyric Video Starring Gretchen) ft03:47

Katy Perry - Swish Swish (Lyric Video Starring Gretchen) ft. Nicki Minaj

"Swish Swish" is a song from Katy Perry's fifth studio album, Witness. Perry confirmed the song title during an exclusive with Entertainment Weekly.[1] The track features the rapper Nicki Minaj and was released along with the pre-order of the album on May 19, 2017. The song replaced the former single, "Bon Appétit", for unknown reasons, thus focusing on promoting this song to Pop radio.[2]

This is the first female collaboration released by Perry. The song is a house-inspired song and samples "Star 69" by Fatboy Slim. She stated the song is about "liberation from all the negative and the people that try and keep you down" and as a "great anthem for people to use when someone's trying to hold you down or bully you".[3] Brazilian singer Gretchen stars in the "Swish Swish" lyric video.

Background

On May 18, 2017, Perry announced on Instagram the track would be released at midnight Eastern time. The song became available as a digital download along with the preorder of Witness. Soon after the song was released, critics wrote how the track appeared to be a diss track in response to Taylor Swift's 2014 song, "Bad Blood".

When asked if the song was directed at anyone in particular on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Perry simply replied that the song is an anti-bullying anthem. Additionally, Nicki Minaj's verse contains the line, "Silly rap beefs just get me more checks," which addresses Minaj's own purported "beef" with rapper Remy Ma. On May 22, while appearing on Carpool Karaoke on The Late Late Show with James Corden, after singing to "Swish Swish", Corden asked Perry about a 2013 feud between her and Taylor Swift. "There's a situation," Perry said. "Honestly, it's really like she started it, and it's time for her to finish it." During the Witness World Wide live stream Perry was asked repeatedly about her feud with Swift, to which she answered she doesn't hold anything against her. Live performances of the song now include the line "God bless you on your journey girl".

Perry performed "Swish Swish" solo on the Saturday Night Live season finale on May 20, 2017. The performance quickly went viral, with much of the attention coming towards 15-year-old Russell Horning, dubbed the "Backpack Kid".

Critical reception

Anna Gaca of Spin notes it is "another single that makes little sense", and "a random grab bag of Perry's vocals, obnoxious voice-altering effects, and piano flourishes, all laid over a house-inflected beat". Raisa Bruner of Time calls the song, "A tune about getting over the haters" and "a feisty hip-hop track that lets both artists show off their respective areas of expertise". Nylon writer Sydney Gore says, "Minaj is absolutely ruthless when she comes in toward the end."

Music video

A lyric video for the song was released on YouTube on July 3, and features Brazilian singer and reality television personality Gretchen. Two days later, Perry announced a contest titled the "#SwishSwishChallenge" for dancers to appear in the song's official music video where candidates submit videos of themselves dancing, and she would select her favorite dancer. After applicants post their entries by the end of July 12, the video is scheduled to be filmed later in the month. Filming for the music video began July 18 in Los Angeles and will feature two basketball teams, one professional and one "bad". Perry will be on Team Tiger and the opposing team will be called Team Sheep.

Russell "Backpack Kid" Horning, who made an appearance during Perry's Saturday Night Live performance, will be featured in the video. Actors Hafthor Julius Bjornsson, Rich Eisen, Gaten Matarazzo, Nikki Leigh and Basketball Player Bill Walton are confirmed to appear in the video. Internet personalities Doug the Pug and Christine Sydelko will also make cameos. Drag queens from RuPaul's Drag Race season 9 are also rumored to make an appearance.

Lyrics

(Katy Perry)
A tiger
Don’t lose no sleep
Don’t need opinions
From a shellfish or a sheep
Don’t you come for me
No, not today

You’re calculated
I got your number
‘Cause you’re a joker
And I’m a courtside killer queen
And you will kiss the ring
You best believe

So keep calm, honey I’ma stick around
For more than a minute, get used to it
Funny my name keeps comin’ outcho mouth
‘Cause I stay winning
Lay ‘em up like

(Chorus)
Swish, swish, bish
Another one in the basket
Can’t touch this
Another one in the casket

Your game is tired
You should retire
You’re ‘bout as cute as
An old coupon expired
And karma’s not a liar
She keeps receipts

(Chorus)
Swish, swish, bish
Another one in the basket
Can’t touch this
Another one in the casket
Swish, swish, bish
Another one in the basket
Can’t touch this
Another one in the casket

(Nicki Minaj)
Pink Ferragamo sliders on deck
Silly rap beefs just get me more checks
My life is a movie, I'm never off set
Me & my a-MIGOS (no, not OFF-SET)

Swish swish
Aww I got them upset
But my shooters'll make ‘em dance like dub step

Swish swish aww
My haters is obsessed
‘Cause I make M's
They get MUCH LESS

Don't be tryna double back
I already despise you
All that fake love you showin’
Couldn't even disguise you

Ran? When?
Nicki gettin’ tan
Mirror mirror
Who's the fairest bitch in all da land?

Damn, man
This bitch is a Stan
Muah muah
The generous queen
Will kiss a fan
Ass goodbye
I’ma be riding by
I’ma tell my biggz
Yea, dat’s da guy
A star's a star
Da ha da ha
They never thought the swish God would
take it this far
Get my pimp cup, this is pimp shit, baby
I only fuck wit Queens
So I'm makin’ hits with Katy

(Katy Perry)
Swish, swish, bish
Another one in the basket
Can’t touch this
Another one in the casket

References

  • Witness Booklet
Witness-Logo

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