The 50 Best Storytelling Rap Songs

12. Snoop Dogg "Murder Was The Case" (1994)

Album: Murder Was The Case
Producer: Dr. Dre
Label: Death Row/Interscope

"Murder Was the Case" was a deep cut off Snoop Dogg's 1993 debut album Doggystyle that tells the story of Snoop getting caught up in a drive-by shooting and his miraculous recovery from what should've been mortal wounds. He escapes death by selling his soul to the devil, quickly bouncing back to collect on the promise that Snoop will "never have a want, never have a need." The deal comes at a price, though, and by verse three, Snoop is serving a life sentence for murder (presumably a revenge hit?) "Murder Was the Case" sounded like horror-fiction. But Snoop was tangled up in a real life homicide investigation at the time, one that would result in him dramatically turning himself in minutes after a theatrical performance of the song at MTV's 1994 Video Music Awards. He beat the case three years later thanks to the legal know-how of the legendary Johnnie Cochran.

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