Katy Perry’s ‘Swish Swish’ Is 100% About Taylor Swift

Katy Perry is finally firing back at Taylor Swift and she’s doing it with the help of the diss track queen herself, Nicki Minaj.

It has been a tumultuous few weeks for Perry, who has been in trouble with the internet and faced some bizarre relationship rumors. Though she kinda said she wouldn’t respond to Taylor Swift’s shady “Bad Blood,” it seems as though she’s changed her tune… literally.

Perry’s new single “Swish Swish” is a searing kiss-off to any of her self-proclaimed rivals or enemies and it’s pretty obvious who exactly she’s talking about.

Not only does she mention karma and receipts (though this could just be Perry mentioning trendy buzz words to seem cool and hip… or a nod to the Kim Kardashian Snapchat fiasco), she also plays on the common phrase of a “lion not using sleep over the opinions of sheep.” In this case, she deems herself a tiger, cautioning rivals, “Don’t you come for me.” She also mentions the sheep part of the original phrase, but in this case it comes off a bit more ominous when considering her T.Swift subtweet in which she referred to her enemy as a “Regina George in sheep’s clothing.”

Perry goes on to say that she’s tired of the person in question talking about her, saying, “Funny my name keeps comin’ outcho mouth.” Yikes. She also mentions the word “calculated,” which Taylor Swift has commented on before in her career.

Now what makes this even more interesting is Nicki Minaj’s verse. Yes, Nicki gives her Remy Ma feud a quick shout-out, but she also raps that she only “f*cks with queens.”

You may remember Nicki Minaj’s Taylor Swift scuffle a few years back. After Minaj complained about racism in the nomination process for the VMAs, Swift made the tweets about herself (shocking) and the two went back and forth. Eventually, they did a duet on stage, with Swift transitioning from “Bad Blood” (aka Katy Perry’s least fave song) to Minaj’s “The Night Is Still Young.”

Basically: Nicki Minaj seems to have jumped from Team Swift to Team Perry… which is a lot more juicy than Perry’s own attempts at thinly-veiled insults.

One member of Taylor Swift’s squad, Ruby Rose, has already taken notice of “Swish Swish,” which is good because it’s going to need it. She stood up for her friend while also trashing Perry’s singles.

What is with these Mean Girls references?

Check out the song’s audio here… This music video will be interesting.

If you’re interested in downloading “Swish Swish” (because you have to be at least a little bit more interested in this song than anyone was in “Bon Appetit”), here’s how you can stream the new single from Witness.


Listen to “Swish Swish” by Katy Perry ft. Nicki Minaj On Spotify

You can stream “Swish Swish” using Spotify here.


Listen to “Swish Swish” by Katy Perry ft. Nicki Minaj On iTunes

You can listen to “Swish Swish” on iTunes here.


Listen to “Swish Swish” by Katy Perry ft. Nicki Minaj on Google Play

“Swish Swish” is available here on Google Play.


“Swish Swish” Lyrics

[Verse 1: Katy Perry]
A tiger
Don’t lose no sleep
Don’t need opinions
From a selfish 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

[Pre-Chorus: Katy Perry]
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: Katy Perry]
Swish, swish, bish
Another one in the basket
Can’t touch this
Another one in the casket

[Verse 2: Katy Perry]
Your game is tired
You should retire
You’re ’bout cute as
An old coupon expired
And karma’s not a liar
She keeps receipts

[Pre-Chorus: Katy Perry]
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: Katy Perry]
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

[Verse 3: 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 and my amigos (no, not Offset)
Swish swish, aww I got them upset
But my shooters’ll make ’em dance like dubstep
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 the 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 nigga biggz, yeah that’s tha 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 with Queens, so I’m makin’ hits with Katy

[Chorus: Katy Perry]
Swish, swish, bish
Another one in the basket
Can’t touch this
Another one in the casket

  • Louis BaragonaCOLLEGECANDY Writer
    Brooklyn-based writer and editor who is probably eating Mexican food and yelling something about feminism, the Kardashians and/or finding the perfect highlighter.
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