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Murder Inc.: The Supergroup That Never Was

Murder Inc XX Cover

Originally, Murder Inc. was to be the name of a supergroup comprised of Jay-Z, DMX, and Ja Rule. All three were signed to Def Jam (through their own imprints of Roc-A-Fella, Ruff Ryders, and Murder Inc.) and had known one another for years. They appeared in each other’s videos, shouted out one another, and performed on the same stage during the Hard Knock Life tour.

In 1999, when all three were at – or very close to – the peak of their popularity, they appeared on the cover of XXL to announce the formation of Murder Inc. Some believe that the three could’ve become the greatest hip-hop group in history, but it never happened. As Ja Rule said, “We tried to deliver that album. It was a situation where egos all just played a part in its demise.”

We’ll most likely never get a Murder Inc. album so, just as I did with Detox, I have collected the tracks they did record together in various combinations.

Jay-Z, DMX & Ja Rule Collaborations


Cash Money Click f/Ja Rule, Jay-Z, DMX, Infa-Red, Blackchild & Nemesis – “If It’s On It’s On” [1995]

Mic Geronimo f/Jay-Z, Ja Rule & DMX – “Time to Build” off The Natural [1995]

Murder Inc. – “Murdergram” off the Streets is Watching soundtrack [1998]

Ja Rule f/Jay-Z & DMX – “It’s Murda” off Venni Vetti Vecci [1999]

Murder Inc XXL Inside

Jay-Z & Ja Rule Collaborations

Jay-Z Performs At Madison Square Garden With Special Guests

Jay-Z f/Ja Rule & Amil – “Can I Get A…” off Vol. 2…Hard Knock Life and the Rush Hour soundtrack [1998]

 DJ Clue f/Jay-Z & Ja Rule – “Gangsta Shit” off The Professional [1998]

Ja Rule f/Jay-Z – “Kill ‘Em All” off Venni Vetti Vecci [1999]

DMX & Ja Rule Collaborations


“I Shot Ya” Freestyle [1995]

Mic Geronimo f/DMX, Ja Rule, Tragedy Khadafi & The LOX – “Usual Suspects” off Vendetta [1997]

Nas, Method Man, DMX & Ja Rule – “Grand Finale” off the Belly Soundtrack [1998]

 Jay-Z & DMX Collaborations


Jay-Z f/DMX – “Money, Cash, Hoes” off Vol. 2…Hard Knock Life [1998]

DMX f/Jay-Z & The LOX – “Blackout” off Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood [1998]

Ja claims there are still a few Murder Inc. songs that haven’t been heard. Maybe one day.

In the meantime, it’s impossible not to wonder what could’ve been…

Murder Inc XXL Back Cover

Photos from XXL issue from Christopher Pierznik’s personal library

Christopher Pierznik is the worst-selling author of nine books. His work has appeared on XXL, Cuepoint, Business Insider, The Cauldron, Fatherly, Hip Hop Golden Age, and many more. Connect on Facebook or Twitter. Please feel free to get in touch at

By Christopher Pierznik

Christopher Pierznik is the author of 9 books and has contributed to numerous websites on a variety of topics including music, sports, movies, TV, personal finance, and life. He works in corporate finance and lives in northern New Jersey with his family. His dream is to one day be a member of the Wu-Tang Clan.

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