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The musician said the song, taken from her debut album ‘When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?’, hears her “[make] fun of everyone and their personas of themselves – even mine.”
Speaking to 102.7KIISFM, the 17-year-old star added: “The initial idea for the song is like people that have to tell everybody that they are a certain way all the time? They’re not that certain way. […] In general, I feel like you will never catch a bad bitch telling everyone she’s a bad bitch. It’s on—it’s you.
“If you’re going around all the time saying like, ‘Yeah, I’m bad, I’m always breaking rules, and doing this and doing that.’ You’re not. I know that because I used to say that and I wasn’t. Bad kids, bad boys, bad bitches, whatever, they do that shit and they don’t even know.”
The chorus to’ Bad Guy’ goes: “So you’re a tough guy/Like it really rough guy/Just can’t get enough guy/Chest always so puffed guy/I’m that bad type/Make your mama sad type/Make your girlfriend mad tight/Might seduce your dad type/I’m the bad guy/Duh.”
Elsewhere, in an interview with Billboard held shortly after ‘Bad Guy’ toppled Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus’ ‘Old Town Road (remix)’, the singer said of the song title lyric: “It’s a weird thing to hear come out of a girl’s mouth. I think Nicki Minaj said in one of her songs that she’s the bad guy, and I didn’t realize that until recently.
“It’s such a cool juxtaposition of that sentence. Why do people resonate with it? I know why I resonate with it, but they’re all my own reasons.”