Dope (Tyga song)

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Single by Tyga featuring Rick Ross
from the album Hotel California
Released January 15, 2013 (2013-01-15)
Format Digital download
Recorded 2012
Genre Hip hop
Length 3:45
Writer(s) Michael Stevenson, William Roberts
Producer(s) FKi, Jess Jackson
Certification Platinum (RIAA)
Tyga singles chronology
"Do My Dance"
"For the Road"
Rick Ross singles chronology
"Diced Pineapples"

"Dope" is a song by American rapper Tyga featuring Rick Ross. The song was originally titled "187" but was later changed to "Dope".[1] The song premiered on December 20, 2012, and was released as a digital download on January 15, 2013. It is the first single from the rapper's studio album, Hotel California (2013). The song samples "Deep Cover" by Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg.

The song received mixed reviews from critics who felt that it paled in comparison to the original hip-hop classic. "Dope" only managed to peak at number 68 on the Billboard Hot 100. It fared better charting at numbers 15 and 19 on the Hot Rap Songs and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts respectively. The song was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), denoting sales of over half-a-million units in the country. It received similar chart presence in Canada, peaking at number 72 on the Canadian Hot 100.

The accompanying music video for the song was directed by Colin Tilley.

Critical reception[edit]

"Dope" received mixed reviews from music critics. David Jeffries of AllMusic said that the track was "the almost worthy "Rack City" successor with [Rick] Ross on the shot callers cut."[2] Chayne Japal of Exclaim! said that it was an interesting take on the song but that it "ultimately crumbles with Tyga's inappropriate implementation of the non-chorus."[3] Steve 'Flash' Juon of RapReviews felt that producers FKi stripped the song of almost everything that made the original well-regarded and doesn't standout as much.[4]

Music video[edit]

The music video was released on January 18, 2013, and was directed by Colin Tilley. The video begins with Tyga walking up to a parked car and shooting the driver. Tyga then gets into his own car and drives away. Right as he drives away cops begin to follow him and a high speed chase around the city begins. The rest of the "Dope" music video switches between scenes of the car chase and Tyga rapping inside a mansion with Rick Ross.[5]

Track listing[edit]

Digital download[6]
No. Title Length
1. "Dope" (featuring Rick Ross) 3:45


Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2013) Peak
Australia Urban (ARIA) 39
Canada (Canadian Hot 100) 72
UK R&B (Official Charts Company) 34
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[7] 178
US Billboard Hot 100 68
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard) 19
US Rap Songs (Billboard) 15

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2013) Position
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[8] 85


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[9] Platinum 1,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label
United States January 15, 2013 Digital download[6] Cash Money, Universal Republic
January 29, 2013 Urban contemporary radio[10]


  1. ^ "New Music: Tyga x Rick Ross "187"". Rap Radar. December 20, 2012. Retrieved January 19, 2013. 
  2. ^ Jeffries, David. "Hotel California - Tyga". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved October 23, 2015. 
  3. ^ Japal, Chayne (April 9, 2013). "Tyga - Hotel California". Exclaim!. Ian Danzig. Retrieved October 24, 2015. 
  4. ^ Juon, Steve 'Flash' (April 16, 2013). "Feature for April 16, 2013 - Tyga's "Hotel California"". RapReviews. Retrieved October 24, 2015. 
  5. ^ Weiss, Sam (January 18, 2013). "Video: Tyga f/ Rick Ross "Dope"". Complex. Retrieved January 21, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "Dope (feat. Rick Ross) - Single by Tyga". iTunes (US). Apple. Retrieved August 7, 2011. 
  7. ^ Zywietz, Tobias. "Chart Log UK: New Entries Update – 9.02.2013 (Week 5)". Tobias Zywietz. Retrieved February 15, 2013. 
  8. ^ "2013 Year End Charts — R&B/Hip-Hop Songs". Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved December 13, 2013. 
  9. ^ "American single certifications – Tyga – Dope". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
  10. ^ FMQB: Radio Industry News, Music Industry Updates, Arbitron Ratings, Music News and more!