Deep Cover

Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg

About Deep Cover

"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.


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Tonight's the night I get in some shit (yeah)
Deep Cover on the incognito tip
Killing motherfuckers if I have to, peeling caps too
Cause you niggas know I'm coming at you
I guess that's part of the game; but I feel for the nigga
Who think he just gonna come and change thangs
With the swiftness, so get it right with the quickness
And let me handle my business, yo
I'm on a mission and my mission won't stop
Until I get the nigga maxing at the top
(I hope you get his ass 'fore he drop)
Kingpin kicking back while his workers slang his rocks
Coming up like a fat rat
Big money, big cars, big bodyguards on his back
So it's difficult to get him
(But I got the hook up with somebody
Who knows how to get in contact with him)
Hit him like this and like that
Let em know that I'm looking for a big fat dope sack
With ends to spend, so let's rush it
If you want to handle it tonight, we'll discuss it
On a nigga's time, and a nigga's place
Take my strap just in case one of his boys recognize my face
Cause he's a sheisty motherfucker
But I gives a f*ck; cause I'm going Deep Cover

Yeah, and you don't stop
(Cause it's 1-8-7 on a undercover cop)
Yeah, and you don't stop
(Cause it's 1-8-7 on a undercover cop)

Creep with me, as I crawl through the hood
Maniac, lunatic, call me Snoop Eastwood
Kicking dust as I bust, f*ck peace
And, the motherfuckin punk police
You already know I gives a f*ck about a cop
So why in the f*ck would you think that it would stop?
Plot, yeah, that's what we's about to do
Take yo' ass on a mission with the boys in blue
Dre (what up Snoop?) Yo, I got the feeling
Tonight's the night like Betty Wright, and I'm chilling
Killing, feeling, no remorse, yeah
So lets go straight to the motherfucking source
And see what we can find
Crooked-ass cops that be getting niggas a gang of time
And now they wanna make a deal with me
Scoop me up and put me on they team and chill with me
.. and make my pockets bigger
They want to meet with me tonight at seven o'clock (so what's up nigga?)
What you wanna do? (What you wanna do?)
I got the gauge, a uzi, and my motherfuckin twenty-two
So if you wanna blast, nigga we can buck 'em
If we stick 'em then we struck 'em, so f*ck 'em!
("I can feel it!")

Yeah, and you don't stop
(Cause it's 1-8-7 on a undercover cop)
Yeah, and you don't stop
(Cause it's 1-8-7 on a undercover cop)

Six-fo'-five was the time on the clock
When me and my homey belled in the parking lot
The scene looked strange and it felt like a set up
(Better not be, cause if it is they getting lit up!)
Oh - here they come from the back in they 'llacs
I'm checking for the Gats they strap, so what's up, black?
(Chill, let's hear the deal
If it ain't up to what you feel then grab your steel)
Right, so, what you motherfuckers gonna come at me with?
Hope you ain't wanting none of my grip
Cause you can save that shit (guess what they told me?)
"We give you 20 G's if you snitch on your homey
We'll put you in a home, and make your life plush
Oh yeah, but you got to sell dope for us."
Hmmm, let me think about it
Turned my back and grabbed my gat
And guess what I told him before I shot it:
"If you don't quit, yeah, if you don't stop, yeah
I'm letting my Gat pop - cause it's 1-8-7 on a undercover cop!"

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Dr. Dre

Andre Romelle Young (born February 18, 1965), known by his stage name Dr. Dre, is an American rapper, record producer, entrepreneur, and actor. He is the founder and current CEO of Aftermath Entertainment and Beats Electronics. Dre was previously the co-owner and artist of Death Row Records. He has produced albums for and overseen the careers of many rappers, including Snoop Dogg, Eminem, 50 Cent and Game. He is credited as a key figure in the popularization of West Coast G-funk, a style of rap music characterized as synthesizer-based with slow, heavy beats. In 2011, Dr. Dre was ranked as the third richest figure in the American hip hop scene by Forbes with a net worth of $250 million. more »

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Written by: Colin Fitzroy Wolfe, Andre Romell Young, Cordozar Calvin Broadus

Lyrics © BMG Rights Management, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

Lyrics Licensed & Provided by LyricFind

12 facts about this song

Release Information
"Deep Cover," often referred to as "187," is a song by American rapper and producer Dr. Dre, featuring fellow rapper Snoop Dogg. It was released as a single in 1992.
Debut Performance
This song is the first-ever collaboration between Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg. It was also the debut professional performance of Snoop Dogg.
Source of Inspiration
The title "Deep Cover," or "187," refers to the California Penal Code section that defines murder. This illustrates the song's criminal underworld theme.
Album Connection
Though the song is a significant part of Dr. Dre's career, it was not included on his debut album, "The Chronic."
Soundtrack Feature
"Deep Cover" was actually written for the soundtrack of the movie of the same name, which is about two police officers trying to infiltrate a drug ring.
Cultural Impact
The song is often credited with introducing G-funk (or gangster funk) to a mainstream audience. G-funk, a sub-genre of hip hop, now dominates the West Coast sound.
Lyrics Controversy
The song's classic line, "Cause it's 187 on an undercover cop," stirred controversy among various audiences for its violent connotations towards law enforcement.
Importance to Snoop Dogg's Career
The release of "Deep Cover" was a defining moment for Snoop Dogg's career, propelling him to widespread recognition and setting him up for his successful debut album, "Doggystyle."
Signature Melody
The song's memorable downtempo beat and catchy melody are still sampled and referenced in numerous hip hop tracks, attesting to its enduring influence.
Did Not Chart
Despite its significant cultural impact and legacy, "Deep Cover" did not chart on the Billboard Hot 100. However, it reached number 4 on the Billboard Hot Rap Singles chart.
Copious Covers
"Deep Cover" has inspired many covers and remixes by various artists, including a notable remake by rapper Fat Joe for his album "Don Cartagena."
Return Collaboration
The success of "Deep Cover" led to future collaborations between Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, most notably "Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang," which became a major hit.

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