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Jason Derulo
777
Features TY Dolla $ign
Nicki Minaj
Released January 2, 2017
Recorded November 2016
Format Digital download
Genre Dancehall, dance
Length 3:36
Label Warner Bros.
Writer Jason Desrouleaux, Onika Maraj, Tyrone Girffin Jr., Eric Frederic, Gamal Lewis, Jacob Kasher Hindlin, Russell Jones, Robert Diggs
Producer Ricky Reed, Jarami
Single information
Single release January 2, 2017
Video release March 17, 2017
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"Swalla" is a song recorded by Jason Derulo featuring Nicki Minaj and Ty Dolla $ign. It was officially announced January 2, 2017 and released February 24, 2017, by Warner Bros. Records, as the lead single from Derulo's upcoming fifth studio album, 777. The song was written by Derulo, Minaj, Dolla $ign, Ricky Reed, LunchMoney Lewis, Robert Diggs, Jacob Kasher Hindlin, Robin Weisse and Russell Jones.

Background

Derulo previewed "Swalla" in a video posted in August 2016. He officially announced it as a single on January 2, 2017. "Swalla" premiered on February 23, 2017, and was released for digital download on iTunes Storethe next day. While talking about the song on the red carpet of the 59th Grammy Awards, Derulo said;

On May 12, 2017 the trio released "Swalla (After Dark Remix)", a slow-paced acoustic remix of the original song.

Parts of the chorus are created as an interpolation of ODB's song Shimmy Shimmy Ya.

Cross references

Critical reception

Justin Ivey from XXL wrote that Minaj "comes through to close out the track with bars that steal the show". Joshua Espinoza of Complex wrote that "Jason and Ty handle their verses nicely, but Nicki is definitely the star", also saying that the song "definitely has potential". Rap-Up also praised Minaj's verse saying that she "anchors the track with a third and final verse that many will likely assume is another thinly-veiled jab at Remy Ma". Hilary Hughes from MTV News wrote that this is a "steamy number that has all three chiming in over a wobbly beat that would feel right at home on the floor of a beach club in the Caribbean".

Music Video

Jason Derulo - Swalla (feat. Nicki Minaj & Ty Dolla $ign) (Official Music Video)

Lyrics

Jason Derulo:
Drank

Nicki Minaj:
Young Money!

Jason Derulo:
Love in a thousand different flavors
I wish that I could taste them all tonight
No, I ain't got no dinner plans
So you should bring all your friends
I swear that a-all y'all my type

All you girls in here, if you're feeling thirsty
Come on take a sip 'cause you know what I'm servin', ooh

Shimmy shimmy yay, shimmy yay, shimmy ya (drank)
Swalla-la-la (drank)
Swalla-la-la (swalla-la-la)
Swalla-la-la
Shimmy shimmy yay, shimmy yay, shimmy ya (drank)
Swalla-la-la (drank)
Swalla-la-la (swalla-la-la)
Swalla-la-la
Freaky, freaky gyal
My freaky, freaky gyal

Ty Dolla $ign:
Shimmy shimmy shimmy yay, shimmy yah
Bad girls gon' swalla-la-la
Bust down on my wrist in this bitch
My pinky-ring bigger than his
Met her out in Beverly Hills, ay
Dolla got too many girls, ay
Met her out in Beverly Hills
All she wear is red bottom heels
When she back it up, put it on the Snap
When she droppin' low, put it on the Gram
DJ poppin', she gon' swallow that
Champagne poppin', she gon' swallow that

Jason Derulo:
All you girls in here, if you're feeling thirsty
Come on take a sip 'cause you know what I'm servin', ooh

Shimmy shimmy yay, shimmy yay, shimmy ya (drank)
Swalla-la-la (drank)
Swalla-la-la (swalla-la-la)
Swalla-la-la
Shimmy shimmy yay, shimmy yay, shimmy ya (drank)
Swalla-la-la (drank)
Swalla-la-la (swalla-la-la)
Swalla-la-la
Freaky, freaky gyal
My freaky, freaky gyal

Nicki Minaj:
Bad gyal no swalla nuttin, word to the Dalai Lama
He know I'm a fashion killa, word to John Galliano
He copping that Valentino, ain't no telling me "no"
I'm that bitch, and he know, he know
How y'all wifing these thots? You don't get wins for that
I'm having another good year, we don't get blimps for that
Pussy game still cold, we don't get minks for that
When I'm poppin' them bananas, we don't link chimps for that
I gave these bitches two years, now your time's up
Bless her heart, she throwing shots but every line sucks
I'm in that cherry red foreign with the brown guts
My shit slappin' like dude did LeBron's nuts

Jason Derulo:
All you girls in here, if you're feeling thirsty
Come on take a sip 'cause you know what I'm servin'

Jason Derulo and Nicki Minaj:
Shimmy shimmy yay, shimmy yay, shimmy ya (my love) (drank)
Swalla-la-la (my love) (drank)
Swalla-la-la (swalla-la-la)
Swalla-la-la
Shimmy shimmy yay, shimmy yay, shimmy ya (kyuh!) (drank)
Swalla-la-la (drank)
Swalla-la-la (swalla-la-la)
Swalla-la-la
[1]

References

  1. https://genius.com/Jason-derulo-swalla-lyrics