“SwishSwish” marks the first collaboration between Californian popstar Katy Perry and Trinidadian-American female rapper Nicki Minaj with vocals on a track. The song was released upon the reveal of the album artwork.
The track is a self-empowerment anthem that calls out haters. Katy has mentioned that her album is about a “360° liberation” and this song is about liberation from negativity that doesn’t serve you. Many fans speculated the song to be a response to Taylor Swift’s 2014 hit “Bad Blood,” citing many lyrical references.