These three songs were my favorite songs from this past summer and there’s no doubt that they’re Songs in the Key of Y worthy.
First up, Dark Horse by Katy Perry featuring Juicy J. I love the beat in this song, I love the changing gears during the pre-chorus and then the racing beat to the chorus. And then the beat dropping at the end of the chorus is super cool.
It’s a fine song but what elevates this song is the rap verse by Juicy J which I think even tops Kanye’s rap about alien sex on Katy’s E. T. Dark Horse is a a mid-tempo song about all the baggage Katy brings into a relationship when she’s into a guy and Juicy J chose to rap about Jeffrey Dahmer, comas, and roller coasters. It’s insane.
“She’s a beast
I call her Karma (come back)
She eats your heart out
Like Jeffrey Dahmer (woo)”
I see the visual metaphor but who references Jeffrey Dahmer in 2014? Go on.
“Try not to lead her on
Shorty’s heart is on steroids
Cause her love is so strong”
That is strong! Although I don’t see what that has to do with leading her on…
“You may fall in love
When you meet her
If you get the chance you better keep her
She’s sweet as pie but if you break her heart
She’ll turn cold as a freezer”
Now we’re back to the crux of what Katy is singing about but a really lame set of verses.
“That fairy tale ending with a knight in shining armor
She can be my Sleeping Beauty
I’m gon’ put her in a coma”
This is my favorite set of rhymes in the song because first, he bounces back from ‘sweet as pie’ and ‘cold as a freezer’, Second, you think it’s going to be romantic because he mentions a knight in shining armor and a fairy tale ending but it goes a completely different direction at the end; Lastly, he totally misses the point of Sleeping Beauty. If you want your girl to be Sleeping Beauty you wake her OUT of a coma, you don’t put her IN a coma. Come on man! Why would you want to kiss a girl and that makes her go in a coma? That’s really depressing Juicy J! (Assuming that’s the metaphor he was going for and not the physical abuse route of actually putting his fictional girlfriend in a coma through violence.)
“Damn I think I love her
Shorty so bad, I’m sprung and I don’t care
She ride me like a roller coaster
Turned the bedroom into a fair (a fair!)“
I like the metaphors here but it’s not really romantic or even sexually empowering to the guy because aren’t most roller coasters in country fairs lame? Also roller coasters in general don’t last that long…anyway, I wouldn’t want my bedroom to a fair, no matter how pretty the curtains can get because of it. When I think of fairs, I don’t think of fun or exciting. I think of people whining and overpriced food and rides and wishing that I was at Disneyland instead of this stupid fair.
But again, that’s me. Juicy J totally cool with his bedroom turning into a fair, so much so he says it twice back to back so there you go on that.
“I was tryna hit it and quit it
But lil’ mama so dope
I messed around and got addicted”
Echoes of the first verse, where he wants to leave her but she’s dope like a drug so he can’t leave which actually sounds more scary than romantic from his and her perspective. It sounds like he thought his relationship with this girl was going to be a one night stand but because she’s addictive like dope he can’t stop seeing her? I mean, I understand that but it’s just weird to me to say it out loud like that. It doesn’t come off as very romantic, or ‘love-a-ly’ as Marnie Nixon/Audrey Hepburn sang in My Fair Lady.
I do love the song though and I admire the rap verse in a half eye-rolling/half that’s-beyond-silly way.
One more thing I have to note is Juicy J is an Academy Award winner , he got the Oscar back in 2006 along with his rap mates from Three-6-Mafia for the song “Hard Out There for a Pimp” from the movie ‘Hustle & Flow’ which seems like it came out a million years ago.
Audio of the song
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