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Murder Was The Case
Soundtrack by Various artists
Released October 14, 1994
Recorded 1993-1994
Genre West Coast hip hop, gangsta rap, G Funk
Length 68:30
Label Death Row/Interscope
Producer Dr. Dre
Daz Dillinger
Sam Sneed
DJ Quik
Devante Swing
Professional reviews

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 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 U 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 in July 11, 2006.



  • 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..." [1]

Track listing

# 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; Snoop Dogg Daz Dillinger
4 "21 Jumpstreet" Snoop Dogg; Tray Deee Daz Dillinger
5 "One More Day" Nate Dogg Daz Dillinger
6 "Harvest for the World" Jewell Dr. Dre
7 "Who Got Some Gangsta Shit?" Snoop Dogg; Tha Dogg Pound; Lil' C-Style; Swoop G Soopafly
8 "Come When I Call" Danny Boy DJ Quik
9 "U Better Recognize" Sam Sneed; Dr. Dre Sam Sneed; Dr. Dre
10 "Come Up to My Room" Jodeci; Tha Dogg Pound Daz Dillinger; Devante Swing
11 "Woman to Woman" Jewell DJ Quik; G-One
12 "Dollaz + Sense" DJ Quik DJ Quik
13 "The Eulogy" Slip Capone; 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.


21 Jumpstreet

Come When I Call

Woman to Woman

Dollaz & Sense



"Woman To Woman"
Released 1995
Recorded 1994
Writer(s) James Banks / Eddie Marion / Henderson Thigpen
Producer(s) DJ Quik, George "G One" Archie & Jewell
Jewell's first and last official single so far. It samples Shirley Brown's "Woman To Woman"
Chart positions
#72nd US
#16 Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs
"Natural Born Killaz"
Released 1995
Recorded 1995
Writer(s) O'shea Jackson / André Young
Producer(s) Dr. Dre, Sam Sneed
Video director F. Gary Gray
First collaboration of Dr. Dre and Ice Cube since the split of NWA. The song was intended to be a prequel to their joint album entitled "Heltah Skeltah", which never saw its release.
Chart positions
#45 UK
"U Better Recognize"
Released 1995
Recorded 1995
Writer(s) Sam Anderson, André Young
Producer(s) Dr. Dre, Sam Sneed
*First and last to date single of Sam Sneed. It had a moderate success.
  • Keyboards : Sean "Barney Rubble" Thomas
  • Published by Suge Publishing
Chart positions
#48 Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs
#18 Hot Rap Tracks
#16 Billboard Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales
"Murder Was The Case"
Released 1994
Recorded 1993
Writer(s) Delmar Arnaud, Calvin Broadus, André Young
Producer(s) Dr. Dre
Video director Dr. Dre
The song was nominated Video of the Year at the 1995 Source Awards. It was performed live at the 1994 Video Music Awards.
  • Background vocals by Nanci Fletcher, Danette Williams, Barbera Wilson, Angela Dauphine
  • Engineer : Dr. Dre
  • Published by Emonis Music/Nuthin' Goin' On But F****n/Suge Publishing, ASCAP
  • Engineered at Dre's Crib
  • Assistant Engineer : Keston Wright
  • Keyboards : Stewart Bullard
  • Percussion : Carl "Butch" Small
Chart positions
#36 Rhythmic Top 40
"What Would U Do"
Released 1994
Recorded 1994
Writer(s) D. Arnaud,
R. Brown
C. Broadus
J. Caples
D. Williams
Producer(s) Daz Dillinger
Video director Dr. Dre
Nominated for a 1996 Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group.

Chart positions

Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1994 The Billboard 200 1


  • 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, Daughtery & Danny Alfonso.
  • Photographers: Yoko Sato, Simone Green

Cover versions

  • 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.

See also


External links

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

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