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Previous to the release Gaga uploaded an image of herself on Instagram, wearing a snapback featuring the word DOPE.She also posted the song's lyrics there, triggering the social media website's concern.

The song received positive reviews, with critics complimenting its simple production, the songwriting and Gaga's vocals.An electronic rock lament, in the vein of Irish folk ballad rue, "Dope" is a bittersweet song centered on a dark theme.Gaga performed the song at the 2013 You Tube Music Awards, wearing a red shirt and playing the piano while crying.The performance in its musical aspect was praised for its emotional quotient."Dope" is a song recorded by American singer Lady Gaga for her third studio album, Artpop (2013).

It was released on November 4, 2013, by Interscope Records as the second promotional single from the record, following "Venus".It has a minimal production and is only composed off Gaga's vocals sung in an intoxicated slur.Lyrically it talks about substance abuse and the yearning for a long lost love.A 22 second sample of "Dope", where Gaga sings over a piano melody, in a minimal production.Her intoxicated, slur-like vocals are heard singing the lines, "I promise this drink is my last one / I know I fucked up again / Because I lost my only friend" Bill Malina completed the additional recording for the track at CRC Recording Studios, Chicago, Illinois with Steve Faye.The verses, then believed to be from the song, included references to drug intake with lines such as "Been hurtin' low from living high, Toast one last puff and two last regrets" and "each day I cry, I feel so low, from living high", along with the hashtag #DOPE.