Did you know these *huge* artists shockingly used Jeffrey Dahmer in their song lyrics?
People have called them ‘disrespectful’
It’s been well over a week since Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story premiered on Netflix – and it’s still the site’s number one show. It feels like people who didn’t know much about the Milwaukee Monster before, know every inch of his life story now.
His horrifying crimes have been brought to light for the new generation, and there’s no excuse for making fun of the devastation he caused. Obviously, a number of artists didn’t get the memo.
These HUGE singers and rappers are old enough to know first-hand how much Dahmer’s murders impacted marginalised communities, but… uh, they still chose to use him as imagery in their songs. From Nicki Minaj to Eminem, these are the artists who shockingly wrote Jeffrey Dahmer into their lyrics:
1. Katy Perry and Juicy J
In Katy Perry’s late-2013 song Dark Horse, rapper Juicy J recites the lyrics: She’ll eat your heart out/Like Jeffrey Dahmer. You don’t need me to tell you what this means in context, but let’s just say it’s conjuring up a pretty literal image.
The song has actually caught a lot of backlash since Netflix’s Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story came out, with people saying it’s “disrespectful” and makes them want to “switch off”.
2. Nicki Minaj
Nicki featured in a song by Future back in 2018, and while she can only be heard for a short time, her lyrics definitely made a statement.
She raps: All his friends try to kill it, eat it/J.A. Dahmer.
Because the very edgy and quirky Eminem is so extremely edgy and quirky, he used Jeffrey Dahmer’s name in quite a few of his songs. Because, y’know, he’s quirky and edgy and he wants you to know it.
One of his most famous is Must Be The Ganja, from his Relapse album which was released in 2009. The lyrics are: I can be a Dalai Lama/And be calm or bring drama/A step beyond a Jeffrey Dahmer. But, what did we expect from someone who also rapped about murdering his ex?
We largely don’t acknowledge Ke$ha’s Cannibal era because we’ve seen her evidently grow as a person. But, at the beginning of the singer’s career (when her songs were still meant to be slightly tongue-in-cheek), this lyric popped up in the title track: I’ll pull a Jeffrey Dahmer/I eat boys up, breakfast and lunch.
I don’t know who decided to include this in, but it was in such poor taste people on TikTok (ironically) have spoken out against it.
“The fact that she thought that was okay” one commenter said.
5. Black Eyed Peas
So, Black Eyed Peas have courted controversy before because of their song lyrics – I mean, given one of their song titles was based around an ableist slur and all. But one of their lesser known songs, Electric City, casually mentions one of America’s worst serial killers for seemingly no reason other than… artistic “edge”?
The lyrics read: Dee dee dee la dee da/Killer on the loose like I’m Jeffrey Dahmer.
Wow. Someone should’ve won a Grammy for that one.
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