In 1994, Death Row Records was arguably the biggest record company in the rap game. They had produced breakout albums for Dr. Dre and his protégé, Snoop Dogg, then known as Snoop Doggy Dog. The label also lived up to it’s name with many people facing murder charges, including Snoop. This predicament was in part the inspiration for the song “Murder Was The Case,” which appeared on his debut album, Doggystyle.
This song would later be the centerpiece of a 18-minute movie. Directed by hip hop luminary Fab 5 Freddie, Murder Was The Case told the story of the fictional death of Snoop and his resurrection by making a deal with the devil. Oh! And they also created a soundtrack that had five singles and was considerably longer than the actual movie. It was used to showcase other artists on the Death Row Records roster and reached the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200.
Snoop would later go on to have a great acting career continuing to play himself on television and in movies.