Murder Was the Case

Murder Was the Case is a 1994 short film and soundtrack album starring and performed by Snoop Doggy Dogg. The 18 minute film was directed by Dr. Dre and Fab Five Freddy and chronicles the fictional death of Snoop Dogg and his resurrection after making a deal with the Devil. The film's title comes from Snoop's song of the same name from his debut album, Doggystyle, which had been released a year earlier.

Murder Was the Case
Snoop Dogg - Murder Was the Case.jpg
Soundtrack album by
ReleasedOctober 18, 1994
Recorded1994
VenueCompton, California CA
StudioCan-Am Studios
Genre
Length68:30
Label
Producer
Death Row Records chronology
Above the Rim
(1994)
Murder Was the Case
(1994)
Death Row Greatest Hits
(1996)
Singles from Murder Was the Case
  1. "Murder Was the Case (remix)"
    Released: 1994
  2. "U Better Recognize"
    Released: July 28, 1994
  3. "One More Day"
    Released: 1994
  4. "Natural Born Killaz"
    Released: December 18, 1994[1]
  5. "What Would You Do"
    Released: 1995

The single "What Would You Do" was included on the Natural Born Killers soundtrack and was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group in the 38th Annual Grammy Awards in 1996. The album was re-released with a bonus DVD containing 3 music videos on July 11, 2006.

Tupac Shakur was paid $200,000 by Death Row Records owner Suge Knight to record a song for the album, but the track ("Life's So Hard" featuring Snoop Doggy Dogg) was never used on the official soundtrack release; it was later released on the soundtrack for his posthumously-released film, Gang Related .

ReceptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic     [2]
  • Rolling Stone (12/29/94-1/12/95, p. 178) - "...[It] isn't the trailblazer that Dre's The Chronic was last year. But it is rap very nearly as strong. Featuring West Coast stalwarts...and new discoveries..., Dre and Dat Nigga Daz present gangsta- and R&B-infected fare that slams..."
  • Entertainment Weekly (11/11/94, p. 76) - "...confirms...Dr. Dre as the new king of pop. In addition to the ominous remix of Snoop's title song, Dre reunites with Ice Cube...Dre's G-funk sound may be the hardest in the land, but it's also the most gut-wrenchingly soulful..." - Rating: A
  • Q magazine (1/95, p. 258) - 3 Stars - Good - "...While most ears will be tuned to the bile'n'beats of "Natural Born Killaz"...the best track here is from Snoop's young protege, Nate Dogg....One of West Coast rap's more imaginative albums."
  • The Source (1/95, p. 85) - 4 Stars - Slammin' - "...while Jodeci duets with Tha Dogg Pound and an all-star cast to try their hand at the G-Funk sound, Dre begins plotting his next move...heavy-metal bass meets chunky keyboards..."
  • NME (12/24/94, p. 23) - Ranked #8 in NME's list of the 10 best compilation albums of 1994.
  • NME (10/15/94, p. 53) - 7 - Very Good - "...anyone expecting this to signal Dre's decline is kidding themselves. Murder Was the Case shows the old dogg has plenty of new tricks..." [3]

Commercial performanceEdit

In the United States, on the chart dated November 5, 1994, Murder Was the Case debuted on the Billboard 200 at number one, powered by first week sales 329,000 units. The album opened at the top spot of the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.

The following week it stayed on top with 197,000 copies sold and was certified Gold. The album is certified 2x platinum with 2,030,000 copies sold.

Track listingEdit

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Murder Was the Case (Remix)" (performed by Snoop Doggy Dogg)C. BroadusDr. Dre4:20
2."Natural Born Killaz" (performed by Dr. Dre & Ice Cube)
4:51
3."What Would U Do?" (performed by Tha Dogg Pound, Big Pimpin' Delemond & Jewell)
Dr. Dre5:08
4."21 Jumpstreet" (performed by Snoop Doggy Dogg & Tray Deee)
Dr. Dre5:26
5."One More Day" (performed by Nate Dogg Additional Vocals by Nanci Fletcher)N. HaleDr. Dre5:18
6."Harvest for the World" (performed by Jewell)Dr. Dre3:52
7."Who Got Some Gangsta Shit?" (performed by Snoop Doggy Dogg, Tha Dogg Pound, Lil' C-Style & Young Swoop G)
5:28
8."Come When I Call" (performed by Danny Boy)D. Blake
4:55
9."U Better Recognize" (performed by Sam Sneed & Dr. Dre)S. Anderson
  • Sam Sneed
3:54
10."Come Up to My Room" (performed by Jodeci & Tha Dogg Pound)
4:37
11."Woman to Woman" (performed by Jewell)
  • J. Banks
  • C. Marion
  • K. Thigpen
  • DJ Quik
  • George "G-One" Archie
  • Jewell
5:18
12."Dollaz + Sense" (performed by DJ Quik)
  • D. Blake
  • G. Archie
DJ Quik5:53
13."The Eulogy" (performed by Slip Capone, CPO & Kurupt)V. EdwardsSan Man4:48
14."Horny" (performed by B-Rezell)
  • Kevin Lewis
  • Marc McWilliams
4:41
15."Eastside-Westside" (performed by Young Soldierz)
  • W. Dillon
  • S. Doby
4:45
Total length:1:13:14

SamplesEdit

"21 Jumpstreet"

"Who Got That Gangsta Shit"

"Come When I Call"

"Woman to Woman"

"Dollaz & Sense"

  • "I Like (What You're Doing to Me)" by Young & Company

'"Eastside-Westside"

PersonnelEdit

  • Executive Producer: Suge Knight
  • Soundtrack director: Dr. Dre
  • Overseer: Dat Nigga Daz.
  • Recorded at Can-Am Studios
  • Mixed at Dr. Dre's studio
  • Death Row Engineers: Kesten Wright, Tommy D. Daugherty & Danny Alfonso & HDzuong
  • Photographers: Yoko Sato, Simone Green
  • Background Vocals: Nanci Fletcher, Barbara Wilson, Danette Williams

Cover versionsEdit

  • Jeremy Messersmith with Andy Thompson performed a cover of "Murder Was the Case" at The Cake Shop in Minneapolis, MN for a 'Murder and Death' concept show on 1/10/2010.
  • South Park Mexican's song "Woodson N' Worthin" is a cover of "Murder Was the Case".
  • Don Vito and Mad DPS covered the song on the 2008 compilation album The Triple-Six Mixtape.

ChartsEdit

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[7] Gold 50,000^
United States (RIAA)[8] 2× Platinum 2,000,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Chuck Philips (1994-11-03). "Snoop Doggy Dogg's Still Tops With Album Buyers : Pop music: His 'Murder Was the Case,' the soundtrack to a short film that premieres tonight, remains atop the charts". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2019-11-24.
  2. ^ https://www.allmusic.com/album/r206681
  3. ^ http://www.cduniverse.com/productinfo.asp?pid=7215659
  4. ^ "Snoop Dogg Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard.
  5. ^ "Snoop Dogg Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard.
  6. ^ "Billboard 200 albums year end 1994". Billboard.
  7. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Various artists – Murder Was The Case - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack". Music Canada.
  8. ^ "American album certifications – Snoop Doggy Dogg – Murder Was the Case". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 

External linksEdit

Murder Was the Case on IMDb