— Twenty-three years ago, Snoop Dogg made his acting debut as he starred in the short film, Murder Was the Case, also creating the soundtrack.
Murder Was The Case
On this day back in 1994, Death Row Records released a bit of a treat for fans of hardcore West Coast Hip-Hop with the short film and soundtrack, Murder Was the Case. Snoop Dogg held the starring role as well as headlined the soundtrack while Dr. Dre and Fab Five Freddy directed the project. The 18-minute film recounted the fictional death of Snoop Dogg (played as himself) and his resurrection following a deal he made with the devil.
As Snoop Dogg intended, Murder Was the Case, revealed a side of the streets that couldn’t be shown on general music video platforms. In an interview regarding the film Snoop Dogg said,
“Videos, kind of limit us. MTV, BET, they only let you play so much of what you do… When we go in the studio [to make our songs] we make them hardcore and straight from the streets. So, this video is like a dedication to that… staying true to what we do, saying that we ain’t going to stick to making rated PG videos. This one is a rated R video just like the song is. It’s just real. It’s actuality.”
Still, behind the apparent violence, explicit dialogue, and sexually lewd behavior, Snoop Dogg makes it clear that he simply does what is necessary to make it through another day in the hood.
While the short film is only 18 minutes long, it has been padded with performances, interviews, and music videos including “Gin and Juice” and “Doggy Dogg World”. You can also find countless other important figures in the film and the included music videos including, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, Tupac Shakur, Pam Grier, John Witherspoon, John Amos, and late comedians Ricky Harris and Charlie Murphy.
Check out the full movie including interviews, performances, and music videos below.
Written by DJ Robinson