He may have been usurped in recent years, but during the period detailed in Murder Was the Case, Snoop Doggy Dogg was the last word in gangsta rap. As with Eminem, the power behind Snoop's throne was undoubtedly producer D... more »r. Dre, and he is included in nearly as much of the documentary footage as the rapper himself. While not exactly in-depth, a few of the interviews do scratch beneath the surface of the gangsta veneer (when asked if he is a violent man, Snoop's reply is a slightly chilling "When I have to be"). Along with clips from live television performances are a selection of music videos, the usual mix of edgy urban funk and street style coupled with the rather tired visual imagery. The short film from which the package derives its title takes these concepts to an uncensored conclusion, a tasteless and crass work indulging in explicit scenes of violence, drugs, and misogyny« less
"Out of circulation for four years and now available for the first time in DVD format, Snoop Doggy Dogg's video movie, "Murder Was The Case," from Death Row Records/Suge Knight Films."Murder Was The Case" is released with two Snoop Doggy Dogg videos, "Midnight Love" and "Head Doctor" that were not part of the original package but come from the rapper's recently released (and best-selling) Death Row Records collection, "Dead Man Walkin'."Included in "Murder Was The Case" are behind-the-scenes footage of Snoop Doggy Dogg and material from "Soul Train," "The American Music Awards" and "Saturday Night Live," all featuring the rapper.Says Suge Knight, founder and owner of Death Row Records: "This was Snoop's first movie and it was also the first piece of directing done by Dr. Dre. Both of them were on Death Row and on top of their game at the time. This is a real piece of rap history that is still important, saying something real, today."A tough, uncompromising and uncensored view of street and gang life, "Murder Was The Case" arrives in stores with lots of extras, including enhanced sound and image, additional Snoop Doggy Dogg videos and (another bonus) the "Director's cut" of Dr. Dre and Ice Cube's "Natural Born Killaz."Start to finish this video documents the Snoop Doggy Dogg before he fell off. With bonuses like Midnight Love, Head Doctor, and Natural Born Killaz Director Cut this is a must have for any RAP/HIP HOP fan!!!"
Murder Was The Case Review
Crazy Jim | Massachusetts | 07/14/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Cashing in on the popularity of the "gangsta rap" craze of the mid-90's, Death Row Records released this long-form music video starring media sensation, Snoop Doggy Dogg in 1994. With a murder case pending against him and every parental watchdog group in the country attacking his controversial debut album, "Doggystyle", Snoop stepped in front of the camera for this movie short, directed by mentor, Dr. Dre. This marked the first time that Dre, who was considered by many to be the greatest producer in hip-hop, directed a film project. Inspired by the hit single of the same name off his multi-platinum album, "Murder" features Snoop as a gang member who gets caught up in a drive-by shooting and sells his soul to the devil for a second chance at life and a career in music. Things go haywire for him, however, when the devil turns the tables and sends him to prison for murder. "Murder Was The Case" is both a long-form music video for the hit single as well as a brief documentary of Snoop Doggy Dogg the rapper as he explains how he got into the rap game and the influence of his music on mainstream America. It also features a collection of music videos and live concert footage featuring Snoop and his Dogg Pound Posse."
What ever DRE touches turns to GOLD
James Newman | Largo, Maryland United States | 08/02/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I wish they had made this video into a full screen movie. It keeps you wanting more. If Snoop get behind the right director, or someone who knows what they are doing. He could go far."
"Ice, Dre , Snoop, Rule the mix together"
Matthew Kocik | Parkerford, Pa. USA | 05/08/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Excellent video, and Excellent footage of the Natural Born Killers song. It had Dre, and Cube spicing the mix up in time for Snoop to sing his songs. Cube is and always will be #1 in my book, Dre is just a follower, who thinks he knows the music industrey, snoop the same" EXCELLENT MUSIC VIDEO""
Old Skool Stuff
James Newman | 07/11/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It is awesome it has all the old skool videos and plus has a bonus video "natural born killaz" and u all will see tupac as a sniper its a kewl video"