Snitching–Not An Option for Cam’ron

April 21, 2007 § Leave a comment


Rapper Cam’ron has said some pretty ignorant things in his day, but needless to say his most recent round of ignorance isn’t anything new at all, considering the fact that what he revealed to Anderson Cooper on this week’s edition of 60 Minutes is apparently how many of today’s mainstream rappers feel about snitching. In Cooper’s 60 Minutes report on how hip-hop culture’s “street code of ethics” undermines the law enforcement’s ability to solve murders across the country, Cam’ron said he couldn’t think of any situation where he’d resort to snitching because it would hurt his record sales and violate his “code of ethics.” Cooper’s report airs Sunday, April 22 at 7 p.m.

In the interview, Cooper asks Cam’ron what he would do if he knew a serial killer lived next door to him. Would he notify authorities? Not a chance. “I wouldn’t call and tell anybody on him — but I’d probably move. But I’m not going to call and be like, ‘The serial killer’s in 4E,’ ” Cam’ron said. So in this hypothetical situation, instead of preventing murders, Cam’ron would move away. Unfortunately, this is a far better option for him than snitching.

Like so many other rappers in the game, snitching hurts their street credibility, which in turn, negatively affects record sales. Many rappers, like Cam’ron will refrain from helping law enforcement solve crimes, even if the crime was committed against them.

Nearly two years ago, Cam’ron was shot and hospitalized during a failed carjacking attempt outside H2O nightclub. According to an MTV News report, Cam’ron was leaving the nightclub in his blue Lamborghini when an unspecified number of men pulled up to his vechicle and demanded that he give up his car. Cam’ron refused to comply and was shot as a result.

Since the shooting, Cam’ron has been adamant about not cooperating with law enforcement. For Cam’ron, his reasoning is quite simple. “Because … it would definitely hurt my business, and the way I was raised, I just don’t do that,” Cam’ron said.

The fact that a rappers’ “street credibility” and album sales are more important than the loss of life–even their own, is disappointing, but really not that all surprising. In that case, I hope Cam’s clan, (his Dipset crew of Jim Jones, Juelz Santana, & Co.) are aware that street honor shall prevail if one of them (God forbid) catches a bullet. There will be no “eye for an eye,” if it means getting police involved, that’s for sure. But, I’m sure the members of Dipset and most of the other rappers in the game who hold this “street credibility” above everything else wouldn’t have it any other way.


Tune into 60 Minutes on CBS at 7 p.m. Sunday, April 22, 2007 to watch Cooper’s interview with Cam’ron.


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