"Dark Horse (feat. Juicy J)" (CD Single)

Music review by
Grace Montgomery, Common Sense Media
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Pop princess gets dark on hip-hop-influenced track.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 15 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

The portrayal of love being an addictive drug and Perry being a man-eater who will "eat your heart out / Like Jeffrey Dahmer" isn't the best message for young kids.



Positive Role Models & Representations

Perry hasn't always been the best role model, but her music often focuses on empowerment for women, which is a good message.


Though the song isn't about violence, Juicy J does reference a serial killer to describe Perry's love: "She eat your heart out / Like Jeffrey Dahmer."


The lyrics make several references to sex, including, "So just be sure before you give it up to me," and "I was tryna hit it and quit it."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Juicy J compares Perry's love to drugs with "her love is like a drug" and "But lil' mama so dope / I messed around and got addicted." He also says he needs drugs to recover from her love: "Shawty's heart was on steroids / 'Cause her love was so strong."



What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Katy Perry has gone dark on her hip-hop-influenced single "Dark Horse," which features Three 6 Mafia rapper Juicy J. The references to sex and drugs make it best for young teens and up.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byhorse lover 26 April 12, 2021


I really like this
Adult Written byraynem April 23, 2015
Empowerment ? Honestly No
Just take a look at these lyrics Make me your Aphrodite Make me your one and only But don’t make me your enemy, your enemy, your enemy... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old November 2, 2013

one of my favorite songs!

I love this song, but I ended up liking it less since everyone knows it.
Teen, 13 years old Written byMerveille February 16, 2021


could be better though and advice watch the clean version juicy j cusses but I like this song

What's the story?

Pop princess Katy Perry has collaborated with Three 6 Mafia rapper Juicy J on her second single DARK HORSE from her album Prism. On this track Perry's love is compared to a drug and is described as addictive and dangerous: "She eat your heart out / Like Jeffrey Dahmer." Perry is as confident as ever but drops the positive, girl-power message from her past hits, instead taunting, "So you wanna play with magic / Boy, you should know whatcha falling for / Baby, do you dare to do this?"

Is it any good?

"Dark Horse" is a refreshing departure from Perry's more saccharine hits like "Roar." The heavy bass, the synth, and weird samples work really well with Perry's more restrained vocals. Also, it's a nice change for the lyrics not to focus on getting over past relationships, like most of her hits have done since her split with Russell Brand.

Still, what's missing from "Dark Horse" is the sing-along chorus that makes her girl-power anthems so catchy. The chorus builds up to where you'd expect Perry to belt out a hook but instead drops to a distorted, "There's no going back," before going back to the verse. It's a letdown. Also, Juicy J's obligatory rapping is downright terrible. Overall, it's a nice departure for Perry, but hopefully she doesn't stay on this route too long.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the relationship described in the song. Do you think the all-consuming, addictive aspect of Perry's love is positive or healthy?

  • Do you like the collaboration with Juicy J? Why or why not?

  • Why do you think Perry decided to make a track so different from her other songs?

Music details

  • Artist: Katy Perry
  • Release date: September 17, 2013
  • Type: Single
  • Label: Capitol
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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