On Thursday night, Katy Perry dropped the third single off her newest album, Witness. Coming after the dystopian "Chained to the Rhythm" and the kind of gross "Bon Appétit," this latest song has got to be the best of the batch. Called "Swish Swish," the track features addictive lyrics, a wild beat drop, and a badass verse from rap queen Nicki Minaj. But that's not all. After recently hinting that her war with Taylor Swift isn't over, it seems "Swish Swish" is the latest shot to be fired. Don't believe us? Let's go over some of the most telling aspects.
1. Um, the Title
Sure, it's called "Swish Swish," and that's a pretty cute phrase that someone might use to insinuate that they're totally owning it. But, I mean, doesn't it also sound a lot like "Swift, Swift"?
2. The Opening Lines
"A tiger / Don't lose no sleep / Don't need opinions / From a shellfish or a sheep." Granted, the lyrics stem from a pretty old saying, but let's not forget that Katy tweeted about Taylor right after we first heard about "Bad Blood." The tweet read, "Watch out for the Regina George in sheep's clothing."
3. The Album Art
If you look closely at the receipt Katy's holding in the snap, you'll see it says, "Karma Coffee & Tea." It's a one-two punch, because not only is Katy literally pulling out the receipts, but it's clear that someone is getting some sort of comeuppance. And, gee, who could that be?
4. More "Karma," and More "Receipts"
"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." Oh man, where do we even start?! Once again, we're hearing about receipts and karma, further driving home the fact that this is a "what goes around comes around" situation.
Let's also consider the "tired" game. What's Taylor's game, assuming this is referring to her? Many people claim that Taylor frequently plays the victim. From Kanye West's interruption at the 2009 VMAs to all of her breakups to this exact feud with Katy Perry, she's never been afraid to speak out as someone who has been wronged. This all backfired last year when Kanye released his song "Famous." While the rapper said he got permission from Taylor to release the song, which included the lyrics "I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex / I made that b*tch famous," she insisted that she was "never made aware" of the controversial line, and that she "declined and cautioned him about releasing a song with such a strong misogynistic message." Kanye's wife, Kim Kardashian, then posted footage on Snapchat that suggested otherwise. To circle back to "Swish Swish," this could absolutely be what Katy refers to when she says "Your game is tired / You should retire."
5. The Nicki Minaj Burn
Perhaps the most savage part about this whole thing is Nicki totally gets in on it too. At one point, she raps, "Don't be tryna double back / I already despise you / All that fake love you showin' / Couldn't even disguise you." This would have to be in reference to that Twitter exchange in 2015, when Nicki tweeted about the lack of diversity in the VMA nominees, and Taylor mistakenly thought she was being targeted. Taylor, of course, apologized for the mistake, and the two "ended" the feud by opening the show together. As the lyrics suggest, maybe Nicki wasn't so cool with the way Swift backpeddled and apologized. Her reference to Taylor's fakeness could mean she saw right through her when she made the attempt to smooth things over.
We can only imagine what the music video is going to look like.