Perry, 32, tweeted about “SwishSwish” one hour before the song dropped while Minaj, 34, teased it in a hashtag on Twitter in advance of her appearance at the Billboard Music Awards.
— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) May 17, 2017
The lyrics of “Swish Swish” sound like a shot at rumored rival Taylor Swift — whose 2014 song “Bad Blood” is long-assumed to be about Perry — and Twitter was quick to take notice.
who else thinks Katy Perry’s lines on #SWISHSWISH are for Taylor Swift?? and Nicki girlllll I see you
— Aranza (@aranzaxjuss) May 19, 2017
Katy Perry ended Taylor Swift.
— adri. (@adrivnnx) May 19, 2017
Taylor Swift really buried Katy Perry. Smh
— JJJ (@JesussJJJ) May 19, 2017
KATY PERRY JUST DID THAT, SHE PUT TAYLOR SWIFT IN HER PLACE #SWISHSWISHBISH
— PATRICK PERRY (@PVTRlCK) May 19, 2017
swish swish… swift… pic.twitter.com/YaZA6NbRkN
— denise (@hardcandydrip) May 19, 2017
Listening to Swish Swish after realizing it’s a Taylor Swift diss track pic.twitter.com/0U2l9QKfQO
— P#!L (@PhilTBH) May 19, 2017
‘swish swish’ sounds like a response to taylor swift’s ‘bad blood’ OH MY GOD………..
— ㅤ (@siacidal) May 19, 2017
Now y’all know swish swish is abt swift swift
— Gonlinesource (@OnlineGomezS) May 19, 2017
“Don’t you come for me/No, not today/you’re calculated/I’ve got your number/Because you’re a joke/and I’m a courtside killer queen,” go Perry’s lyrics.
Minaj’s rap verse includes more lyrics that sound direct at Swift: “Don’t be tryna double back/I already despise you/All that fake love you showin’/couldn’t even disguise you.”
Perry recently spoke to Entertainment Weekly about her album and whether it had a follow-up to Swift’s “Bad Blood,” which was rumored to be about Perry. The “Roar” singer said her album was “very empowered” and that “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,” Perry said. “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.”
She continued: “But, let me say this: Everything has a reaction or a consequence so don’t forget about that, okay, honey. We got to keep it real, honey. This record is not about anyone else! This record is about me being seen and heard so that I can see and hear everyone else! It’s not even about me! It’s about everything that I see out there that I digest. I think there’s a healing in it for me and vulnerability. If people want to connect and be healed and feel vulnerable and feel empowered and strong, God bless and here it is.”
from PEOPLE.com http://people.com/music/katy-perry-nicki-minaj-swish-swish/