Katy Perry – Swish Swish ft. Nicki Minaj (Remix Stems)
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“Swish Swish” is a song by American singer Katy Perry featuring American rapper Nicki Minaj for Perry’s fifth studio album, Witness (2017). It was written by Perry, Duke Dumont, Sarah Hudson, PJ “Promnite” Sledge, Minaj and Brittany Hazzard, while being produced by Dumont, with additional production by Sledge and Noah “Mailbox” Passovoy and vocal production by Passovoy. The song was initially released as a promotional single on May 19, 2017, and later it was quickly served as the album’s third single. “Swish Swish” is a house-inspired EDM and hip hop song that samples “Star 69” by Fatboy Slim which in turn samples “I Get Deep” by Roland Clark.
A song about fighting against bullies, “Swish Swish” uses basketball metaphors to talk about overcoming hateful people and thriving. Multiple media outlets suspected that the song was a response to Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood”, which was believed to be about Perry. Music critics were divided with “Swish Swish”; some praised the track’s empowering environment, while others criticized its lyrics. However, Minaj’s verses were applauded. Commercially, “Swish Swish” reached the top 10 in the Philippines, the top 20 in Belgium (Wallonia), Canada, Hungary, Scotland, Spain, and the United Kingdom, and the top 30 in Australia, France, Ireland, and the Netherlands.
Promotion for the track begun with a live debut of the track on Saturday Night Live, with a performance that went viral. Subsequently, Perry continued to promote the track during BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend, the 2017 Glastonbury Festival and The Voice Australia. Later, to further promote the track, a lyric video for the track, featuring Brazilian singer Gretchen, was released on July 3, 2017. The official music video, directed by Dave Meyers, premiered on August 24, 2017. Three days later, Perry and Minaj performed the track together for the first time during the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards. “Swish Swish” is featured in the video game Just Dance 2018, with its dance choreography also appearing in its music video.
“Swish Swish” was written by Perry with Duke Dumont, Sarah Hudson, PJ “Promnite” Sledge, Minaj and Brittany Hazzard, while its production was done by Dumont with additional production by Sledge and Noah “Mailbox” Passovoy.It samples “Star 69” by Fatboy Slim which in turn samples “I Get Deep” by Roland Clark.Its bass line was noted to be similar to Maya Jane Coles’ “What They Say” (2010). The song is performed in the key of F minor with a tempo of 120 beats per minute in common time. It follows a chord progression of Cm7–A♭maj7–Gm7–Cm7–A♭maj7–Fm7, and Perry’s vocals span from E♭3 to A♭4. The track is four minutes and two seconds long. “Swish Swish” is a house-inspired EDM song.Raisa Bruner of Time defined it as a hip hop song.It starts with a sparse piano before the “club-ready beat” kicks in.Lyrically, “Swish Swish” uses basketball metaphors to talk about getting over the haters.As added by Da’Shan Smith of Billboard “‘Swish Swish’ “is targeted towards a ‘sheep’ who is ‘calculated’ but not capable of bringing down Perry’s spirits.”Perry stated “Swish Swish” represents “a liberation from all the negative that doesn’t serve you” as part of the “360-degree liberation” theme of her Witness album. She also called it a “great anthem for people to use when someone’s trying to hold you down or bully you”.The song starts with Perry comparing herself to a tiger, “declaring that one ‘don’t lose no sleep/ don’t need opinions/ from a shellfish or a sheep.'”During the song, she claims herself as a “courtside killer queen,”and in the chorus, Perry “sweetly” sings “‘Swish swish, bish. Another one in the basket!’.”Minaj’s rap alludes to her “silly rap beefs” as well as Migos.
Following its release, several publications suggested that “Swish Swish” was a diss track in response to Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” (2014), which was believed to be about Perry.Before the song being released, Perry was asked if there was a reaction to “Bad Blood” on Witness, with Perry replying: “I think [my new album is] a very empowered record. There is no one thing that’s calling out any one person. One thing to note is: You can’t mistake kindness for weakness and don’t come for me. Anyone. Anyone. Anyone. Anyone. And that’s not to any one person and don’t quote me that it is, because it’s not. It’s not about that. Honestly, when women come together and they decide to unite, this world is going to be a better place. Period end of story. But, let me say this: Everything has a reaction or a consequence so don’t forget about that, okay, honey.”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, while also referring to her as a stan.On May 22, 2017, while appearing on the Carpool Karaoke segment on The Late Late Show with James Corden, after singing to “Swish Swish”, Corden asked Perry about a 2013 feud between her and Swift. “There’s a situation. […] Honestly, it’s really like she started it, and it’s time for her to finish it.”She also added: “[T]here is the law of cause and effect. You do something, there’s going to be a reaction, and trust me daddy, there’s going to be a reaction. It’s all about karma, right?.”