“Dark Horse” is a song by recording artist Katy Perry featuring rapper Juicy J. It was released in September 2013 by Capitol Records as the first promotional single from Katy’s fourth studio album, Prism (2013), following the lead single “Roar“. It was released as the third official single on December 2013. Both artists co-wrote the song with its producers, Max Martin, Cirkut, Dr. Luke, alongside Sarah Hudson. “Dark Horse” was written by Katy and Sarah during a writing session located in Katy’s hometown of Santa Barbara, California. Also on Dr. Luke’s label Kemosabe Records, Juicy J was later commissioned for a verse on the song.
“Dark Horse” combines pop and trap music genre, creating what has been described as “Southern rap-techno mashup.” The “Dark Horse” track features minimal production, with Katy’s vocals being sung in a “seductive” and “mature” tone, while Juicy J’s featured on the song’s intro and rapped-bridge. Katy said she wanted the song to have a “witchy, spell-y kind of black magic-y idea”, so she wrote it from the perspective of a witch-warning a man not to fall in love with her because if he does, she will be his last. “Dark Horse” was part of a competition sponsored by Pepsi. Fans could vote using Twitter on whether they would prefer “Dark Horse” or “Walking on Air“ to be released as the first » Read more..