While the iconic West Coast rapper is only on the hook of his own track, his guests more than make up for his absence. The dark, minimalistic production allows for each artist to glide over the beat and kill their respective verses. The Butcher skates over “Murder Music’s” sinister piano beat produced by Nottz. He details meeting Nas at the Grammys and how much the city loves him after all his success. Jadakiss follows Benny by adding to his impressive streak of feature verses this year, dropping lines like:
A’ight then, what’s up then? (What’s up?) I’m bustin’
Every control substance I touched it, I know it’s disgustin’ (Agh)
I’m just stackin’, call me El Guapo (Uh-huh)
And I bet you never had a brick from El Chapo (Never)Jadakiss — “Murder Music”
Busta Rhymes caps off the posse cut with his trademark fast-paced flow, ending the song off on a high note. Snoop raps his hook one last time before the track fades out, mentioning that he’s “putting real hip-hop back in the game,” while donning a Def Jam jacket. His upcoming album will be the first under Def Jam Records and, in an recent interview with The Breakfast Club, said that it will be more like a Def Jam label compilation than a proper full-length project.
Although Snoop is only on the hook in “Murder Music,” he plays a much bigger role in its coinciding visual. He towers over New York City playfully sitting atop skyscrapers while helicopters patrol around him. Hundreds of feet below him, his guests rap their verses in darkened corners. The reddened sky and chaotic scene that unfolds in the video makes it a fitting backdrop for a track titled “Murder Music.”
Listeners still have some time before Snoop’s latest album Algorithm arrives, but if “Murder Music” points to the upcoming LP’s overall sound, it’ll definitely be worth the wait.
Listen to ‘Murder Music’ by Snoop Dogg below!