In 1993, Snoop (Doggy) Dogg was in some deep trouble (not cover). He was one of the up-and-coming stars in the rap world and was accused of being an accessory to murder. Apparently, his body guard killed a man that had previously threatened Snoop at some point. Both Snoop and his bodyguard were eventually acquitted.
So, what should we do now? Let's capitalize on that shit and make a short film and soundtrack about the death of Snoop (which was based on the original song from Doggy Style). I'm not saying that it wasn't self-defense or that there weren't mitigating circumstances that I have absolutely no idea about, but in retrospect, it seems really odd to flip the incident into an album. Again, the album came out after Snoop's debut LP, which originally featured the song, Murder Was the Case. I remember that LP being pushed and pushed back, which I'm sure was because of the incident, but it seemed like it didn't get a lot of press until 1994.
At the time, I was hoping that he would get off, but also hoped that he was truly innocent. And, he was acquitted, so story over... and out came Murder Was the Case in late 1994.
1) Murder Was the Case (remix) - Snoop Doggy Dogg - Both the LP version and this version are great songs. The remix is pretty damn similar from the original. Anyone that was around in the mid-90's remembers Snoop's performance on MTV
2) Natural Born Killaz - Dr. Dre and Ice Cube - From what I remember, this song was supposed to be on the Natural Born Killers soundtrack, but I didn't find anything to corroborate this. This was something NWA fans were crazy excited about in the 90's. Rap's biggest producer teaming up with his former band mate, Ice Cube, one of the most popular and relevant MC's of the mid-90's.
"I'm down with Dre like AC is down with OJ." - Ice Cube
How's that for a sign of the times, as America was preoccupied with the OJ/Nicole/Ron Goldman murder trial? Cube also references that dude that got caned in the Philippines. Remember that? I can still see that dude being dragged through the press all cuffed up.
3) What Would You Do? - Tha Dogg Pound - Listening to this now, this may be my favorite track on the LP. Produced by Daz, this track had a great funk sound and Daz and Kurupt are on the top of their respective games.
4) 21 Jumpstreet - Snoop Doggy Dogg and Tray Deee - Another Daz produced song and a pretty solid one. A lot of that G-Funk stuff sounded similar, but that didn't mean it wasn't good. This track sounds like a lot of other funk stuff from the 90's, but it's nice.
5) One More Day - Nate Dogg - Nate Dogg is good in small doses. This song is okay, but Nate Dogg is better served singing a chorus, or in a song that isn't exclusively a Nate Dogg song.
6) Harvest For the World - Jewell - Not that Jewell. I think she only has one L. I'm not even going to bother doing any research on this, skip it! Filler.
7) Who Got Some Gangsta Shit? - Snoop Doggy Dogg and Tha Dogg Pound, Lil' Style, Young Swoop - This is a pretty good track, but nothing special really. Not skip worthy, but not significant.
8) Come When I Call - Danny Boy - Not the dude from House of Pain, not interested.
9) U Better Recognize - Sam Sneed w/ Dr. Dre - I don't know were this guy went as far as an artist. Sounds like he's still producing. I love this track. Produced by Sam and featuring him on the mic, this is one of my favorites from the LP.
10) Come Up To My Room - Jodeci and Tha Dogg Pound - I loved Jodeci. Some of their stuff was just okay and I wasn't a fan of K-Ci and JoJo being on every damn track in the mid to late 90's, but when they were together as a group, they made some good music. The best parts of this song are when Jodeci just put their thing, or thang, down.
11) Woman To Woman - Jewell - SKIP
12) Dollars & Sense - DJ Quik - I was never a Quik fan, but I dig this song, which is also produced by Quik. He does some MC Eiht dissing, which was fine with me, because I wasn't an Eiht fan myself. This is pretty much an Eiht dis track, but a good song.
13) The Eulogy - Slip Capone & CPO - Never got into this.
14) Horny - B-Rezell - Not B-Real under a slightly different name. Unfortunate. SKIP.
15) Eastside-Westside - Young Soldierz - Yeah, some R&B stuff, SKIP.
Overall, this is a must have with a few filler tracks, but anyone my age that is into hip-hop probably already has this. For anyone that slept, for whatever reason, or is too young (or old) to remember this, Check it out @ WYDUBlog.com
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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.