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"Deep Cover"
Deep Cover song
Single by Dr. Dre and Snoop Doggy Dogg from the album "Deep Cover"

B-side

"Party Groove", "Back To Life"

Released

April 9, 1992

Format

CD single, 12" vinyl

Recorded

December 1991

Genre(s)

Hardcore hip hop

Length

4:17

Label

Solar, Epic

Songwriter(s)

Andre Young, Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr., Colin Wolfe, Robert Martin

Producer(s)

Dr. Dre

"Deep Cover", also known as "187", is the debut solo single by American rapper Dr. Dre and his first track released after the breakup of N.W.A. The track was recorded for the soundtrack of the film Deep Cover. The song features fellow American rapper Snoop Doggy Dogg in his first appearance on a record release.

History Edit

The album peaked on the Billboard 200 albums chart at #166 on July 25, 1992. Apart from the soundtrack compilation, it also appeared as a single and on Dr. Dre's First Round Knock Out, which spent two weeks on the Billboard 200 starting at #52 and later on several greatest hits albums, including: Doggy Stuff and Doggy Style Hits. Like the artist indication on the original 12" vinyl says, "Dr. Dre introducing Snoop Doggy Dogg", it is the first time Snoop Dogg was featured on a record. As a single it had no major breakthrough regarding sales, but it launched Snoop Dogg's career. It samples a number of 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s funk acts, such as Undisputed Truth's "(I Know) I'm Losing You," the song "Bad Times" by Tavares, and Sly & the Family Stone's "Sing a Simple Song", which provided the drumbeat.

The single was set to be released on The Chronic, but fallout from Body Count's banned song, "Cop Killer", prevented it since this song is also about killing police officers. Despite being praised by critics, the film itself did not have much commercial success, and it only received two nominations on the Independent Spirits Awards in 1993; however, the song was well received. The song was featured in the video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, on the radio station Radio Los Santos. During the 2007 VH1 Hip Hop Honors show, T.I. and B.G. performed this song during Snoop's honor ceremony. In April 2012 at the Coachella event in California, Snoop and Dre performed the song live.

Music video Edit

The plot of the video resembles that of the same-titled movie starring Laurence Fishburne and Jeff Goldblum. An undercover cop goes deep in the hierarchic pyramid of the underground mafia to get the bosses locked up, and "goes deep" also by getting addicted to drugs while trying to not reveal himself. The video begins in the first scene with Snoop, marking Snoop's first appearance in a music video, Dre and a black kingpin in a smoky office in the middle of an initiation where Snoop has to decide between the pipe and being caught up. After that introduction the music starts but the rest of the video is rather cut-to-cut and is a mixture of some five seconds long takes in black and white and some pictures from the motion picture. The scenes take place in a filthy concrete bungalow with several crack addicts and a projector flashing the movie itself on the wall, in addition to a rooftop of a building with the skyline of Downtown Los Angelesdirectly behind. The house is later raided by the drug squad. There's also a scene with Snoop and Dre wearing business suits in a car, but it has no additional meaning to the plot.

Remix Edit

There is a remix of the song entitled One Eight Seven, later known as "Deep Cover - The Remix" on the Fuck Wit Dre Day 12" single and on the 1995 album One Million Strong, and the Death Row compilation, "Dr. Dre Chronicles: Deathrow Classics". The remix, a minute shorter than the original, has a slightly modified sample and alternate lyrics. The title, which is also a part of the chorus, refers to the paragraph of the California Penal Code that defines murder.

This version appears as track 9 on the 1995 hip-hop compilation One Million Strong, listed as "187um" by Snoop Doggy Dogg & Dr. Dre.

Samples and use in media Edit

The song is featured in the video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, on the rap radio station Radio Los Santos.

The backing track of "Deep Cover" has been sampled in the following songs:

  • "Twinz (Deep Cover '98)" by Big Pun, featuring Fat Joe, from his 1998 album Capital Punishment. This song was featured in the games Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City StoriesTrue Crime: New York City and Saints Row 2. Snoop Dogg makes an appearance in the "Twinz" music video as acknowledgment for the remix.
  • The first song on the Internet Invasion mixtape by Ghostface Killah and DJ Green Lantern
  • "187 Yayo" by 50 Cent and G-Unit
  • A live version of "Nasty" by Janet Jackson, used on her Rock Witchu Tour in 2008
  • The 2010 diss track "200 Bars & Running" by The Game
  • "Deeper Cover Freestyle" by Apathy, on his 2012 mixtape It's the Bootleg, Muthafuckas! Volume 3
  • "Disgusting" by Logic, on his 2012 mixtape Young Sinatra: Undeniable
  • The 2013 single "Dope" by Tyga
  • The song Kaancepts by K.A.A.N. 2014

Track listing Edit

  • CD single
  1. "Deep Cover" (Radio Version) - 3:48
  2. "Deep Cover" (U-N-C-E-N-S-O-R-E-D) - 4:27
  • 12" vinyl
  1. "Deep Cover" (Radio Version) - 3:48
  2. "Deep Cover" (U-N-C-E-N-S-O-R-E-D) - 4:27
  3. "Deep Cover" (Instrumental) - 3:54
  • 12" vinyl - Soul 2 Soul
  1. "Deep Cover" (Vocal Mix) - 4:27
  2. "Deep Cover" (Instrumental Dub) - 3:54
  3. "Party Groove" - 4:22
  4. "Back To Life" - 3:20

Charts Edit

Chart (1992) Peak position
US Hot Singles Sales (Billboard) 57
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard) 46
US Hot Rap Songs (Billboard) 4
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