Release date: October 15, 1994
Record label: Death Row/Interscope
What's Snoop Dogg's best acting performance to date? No, it's not Soul Plane, though he does deserve some credit for leaving that cinematic debacle unscathed. In our eyes, Snoop's crowning achievement as a thespian comes in the 1994 short film Murder Was the Case, the 18-minute account of his death and resurrection directed by Dr. Dre and Fab 5 Freddy with a surprisingly haunting aesthetic.
Of course, our fond memories of Murder Was the Case may have been swayed by the kick-ass soundtrack, which showcased the Death Row Records' roster at the label's still-a-Dr-Dre-thing zenith. In addition to Snoop's ubiquitous title track, Ice Cube and Dre's vicious "Natural Born Killaz" and Tha Dogg Pound's "What Would U Do" kept radio stations and Yo! MTV Raps on blast in the fall of '94.
Our favorite track? One-hit wonder Sam Sneed's "U Better Recognize," a Death Row classic that's on par with the Lady of Rage's "Afro Puffs."