Dope
by Tyga

Album: Hotel California (2013)
Charted: 68
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Songfacts®:

  • This shot callers cut was released as the first single from Compton rapper Tyga's Hotel California album. The song features Rick Ross and samples Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg's debut single "Deep Cover."
  • The album is centered around a loose concept of the state of California and much of its sound is based on 1990s West Coast Hip Hop.
  • The album's serene artwork features a tiger resting by a swimming pool. "The music is not mellow at all, so that's why I did the cover real classic and mellow and laid back. When you listen to the music it's the total opposite," Tyga told MTV News.

    "I got like four or five other covers too, but I just officially felt like the one that I put out with the tiger on the front and the tiger on the back, it felt classic to me," he added. "The tiger is self-explanatory, but I just felt like it was real classic and it said a lot about California and that image. From the palm trees to the just the relaxation, to what California brings."

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