Murder Was the Case

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For the title song, see Murder Was the Case (song). For the Gucci Mane album, see Murder Was the Case (Gucci Mane album).
Murder Was the Case
Snoop Dogg - Murder Was the Case.jpg
Soundtrack album by Snoop Doggy Dogg and Various Artists
Released October 15, 1994
Recorded 1993-1994
Length 68:30
Snoop Doggy Dogg compilation chronology
"Over the Counter"
Murder Was the Case
Smokefest Underground
Singles from Murder Was the Case
  1. "Murder Was the Case"
    Released: 1994
  2. "U Better Recognize"
    Released: July 28, 1994
  3. "Natural Born Killaz"
    Released: 1994
  4. "One More Day"
    Released: 1994
  5. "What Would You Do"
    Released: 1995

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.

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. However, it was later released on the soundtrack for Gang Related after his death.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
  • 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]

Commercial performance[edit]

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 listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Murder Was the Case (Remix)" (Snoop Doggy Dogg) D. Arnaud, A. Young, C. Broadus, W. Griffin III, R. Trawick Dr. Dre 4:20
2. "Natural Born Killaz" (Dr. Dre & Ice Cube) A. Young, O. Jackson Dr. Dre, Sam Sneed (co.) 4:51
3. "What Would U Do?" (Tha Dogg Pound featuring Snoop Doggy Dogg, Big Pimpin' Delemond & Jewell) D. Arnaud, R. Brown, B. Delemond, C. Broadus, J. Caples Dat Nigga Daz 5:08
4. "21 Jumpstreet" (Snoop Doggy Dogg & Tray Deee) C. Broadus, T. Davis Dat Nigga Daz 5:26
5. "One More Day" (Nate Dogg) N. Hale Dat Nigga Daz 5:18
6. "Harvest for the World" (Jewell) E. Isley, M. Isley, K. Isley, R. Isley, R. Isley, C. Jasper Dr. Dre 3:52
7. "Who Got Some Gangsta Shit?" (Snoop Doggy Dogg featuring Tha Dogg Pound, Lil Style and Young Swoop G) R. Gillion, C. Broadus, R. Brown, D. Arnaud Soopafly 5:28
8. "Come When I Call" (Danny Boy) D. Blake DJ Quik 4:55
9. "U Better Recognize" (Sam Sneed featuring Dr. Dre) S. Anderson Sam Sneed 3:54
10. "Come Up to My Room" (Jodeci featuring Tha Dogg Pound) C. Hailey, J. Hailey, D. DeGrate, D. DeGrate, R. Brown, D. Arnaud Dat Nigga Daz, DeVante Swing (co.) 4:37
11. "Woman to Woman" (Jewell) J. Banks, C. Marion, K. Thigpen DJ Quik, G-One, Jewell 5:18
12. "Dollaz + Sense" (DJ Quik) D. Blake, G. Archie DJ Quik 5:53
13. "The Eulogy" (Slip Capone & CPO feat. Kurupt)   San Man 4:48
14. "Horny" (B-Rezell) M. McWilliams, T. Wrice Kevin Lewis, Marc McWilliams 4:41
15. "Eastside-Westside" (Hidden track, Young Soldierz)   Big Wy, Lil Stretch 4:45


"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



  • 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.
  • 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.



Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[6] Gold 50,000^
United States (RIAA)[7] 2× Platinum 2,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

See also[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