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

Common Sense Media says

Pop princess gets dark on hip-hop-influenced track.





What parents need to know

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

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."

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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."



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.

Parents say

Kids say

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.

Families can talk 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
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Kid, 12 years old November 2, 2013

one of my favorite songs! <3

I love this song, but I ended up liking it less since everyone knows it.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much sex
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Parent of a 1 and 5 year old Written bymarenk February 12, 2015

Serial killers

For the most part I have no problem with this song. The sex and drug innuendo is pretty mild. However, I find Juicy J's line "She'll eat your heart out like Jeffrey Dahmer" to be deeply offensive. I don't think it's edgy or cool to reference a horrible crime in pop music. Especially one recent enough that the victims families are still around to hear the song. This alone is enough to give me pause.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Teen, 14 years old Written byJimmy brew October 7, 2014

Dumb Katy perry has sex references


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