Murder Was the Case

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  (Redirected from Murder Was The Case)
Jump to: navigation, search
For the Gucci Mane album, see Murder Was the Case (Gucci Mane album).
Murder Was the Case
Soundtrack album by Various artists
Released October 15, 1994
Recorded 1993-1994
Genre West Coast hip hop, G-Funk, rap
Length 68:30
Label Death Row/Interscope
Producer Dr. Dre
Dat Nigga Daz
Sam Sneed
Soopafly
DJ Quik
Devante Swing
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

Murder Was the Case is a 1994 short film and soundtrack album starring 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 was released a year earlier. The album topped the Billboard 200 on the number one spot on November 5, 1994 with 329,000 one week sales as well as on the Top 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. 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 track for the album. The track was recorded but it was not used on the official soundtrack release. The rumored recording is debated between the song "Pain" which was later used for the Above The Rim soundtrack, "High Til I Die Interscope Version", which was later re-recorded for the Sunset Park album while 2Pac was on Death Row Records, and the Unreleased Version Of R U Still Down. R U Still Down is similar to the version that was released on the 1997 2Pac album "R U Still Down". However, the song has a different beat, unreleased first verse, female chorus, and has re-recorded second and third verses that are similar to verses 1-2 on the R U Still Down album version.

Reception[edit]

  • 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..." [2]

Track listing[edit]

# Title Performer(s) Producer(s)
1 "Murder Was the Case" (Remix) Snoop Dogg Dr. Dre
2 "Natural Born Killaz" Dr. Dre, Ice Cube Dr. Dre; Sam Sneed
3 "What Would U Do" Tha Dogg Pound (featuring Snoop Dogg) Dr. Dre; Dat Nigga Daz
4 "21 Jumpstreet" Snoop Dogg (featuring Tray Deee) Dat Nigga Daz
5 "One More Day" Nate Dogg featuring Nanci Fletcher Dat Nigga Daz
6 "Harvest for the World" Jewell Dr. Dre
7 "Who Got Some Gangsta Shit?" Snoop Dogg (featuring Tha Dogg Pound; Lil' C-Style & Swoop G) Soopafly
8 "Come When I Call" Danny Boy DJ Quik
9 "U Better Recognize" Sam Sneed (featuring Dr. Dre) Sam Sneed; Dr. Dre
10 "Come Up to My Room" Jodeci (featuring Tha Dogg Pound) Dat Nigga Daz; Devante Swing
11 "Woman to Woman" Jewell DJ Quik; G-One
12 "Dollaz + Sense" DJ Quik DJ Quik
13 "The Eulogy" Slip Capone (featuring CPO) Sam Man
14 "Horny" B-Rezell Kevin Lewis; Marc McWilliams
15 "Eastside-Westside" (Remix) Young Soldierz Big Wy; Lil' Stretch
16 "Hot One" (cassette only bonus track) O.F.T.B. O.F.T.B.

Samples[edit]

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

Singles[edit]

Chart positions[edit]

Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1994 The Billboard 200 1

Credits[edit]

  • 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

Cover versions[edit]

  • 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.
  • Don Vito and Mad DPS covered the song on the 2008 compilation album The Triple-Six Mixtape.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Murder Was the Case at the Internet Movie Database

Preceded by
II by Boyz II Men
Billboard 200 number-one album
November 5–18, 1994
Succeeded by
MTV Unplugged in New York by Nirvana

See also[edit]