“60 Minutes” Discovers Why Snitchin’ Ain’t Easy

Apr 23rd, 2007 // 14 Comments

Nah Right points us in the direction of last night’s 60 Minutes segment on the “Stop Snitching” phenom, which includes an analysis of the Cam’ron/50 Cent feud and plenty of criticism about how Busta rhymes handled the shooting death that took place on one of his video sets last year. While the piece only touches upon the cultural and sociological reasons behind the anti-snitching effort (which you can read more about in last month’s detailed but depressing Atlantic piece by Jeremy Kahn), it does wonder if the record labels would think twice about releasing snitch-dissing records–a notion Cam’ron accurately describes as implausible:

ANDERSON COOPER: If your record label said to you, “Look, we’re not going to promote you, we’re not going to distribute you, if you keep calling Curtis Jackson a snitch, or [if] you keep writing about guns and selling drugs,” would you stop?
CAM’RON: No record company in the world would say, “We’re not going to promote you if you call somebody a snitch.” They know what makes money. A record company would never be that stupid. Never.

“Stop Snitching” on 60 Minutes Pt. 1/2 [Onsmash]
“Stop Snitching” on 60 Minutes Part 2/2 [Onsmash]


  1. Bob Loblaw

    @Jude: Right on, bro! These ARE “simple concepts” and “basic principles!” When will whitey get a fucking clue? Unchecked violence and misguided loyalties RULEZ!!1!

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  3. d

    Argh! You have to subscribe to read the entire Atlantic piece.

  4. Nicolars

    @NickEddy: That is the Cosbyest sweater that ever Cosbyed.

  5. Jude

    @Bob Loblaw: let me clarify if I must…I’m not saying it’s cool to withhold evidence to a crime. I’m merely pointing out how “shocked” whitey acts when he hears of such philosophy. It simply cannot STILL be that shocking to discover that different people exercise different actions to similar situations. That’s all.

  6. Bob Loblaw

    @Jude: Fair enough, but I don’t think it was the philosophy itself that was shocking, or the reason for the piece. It was the unbelievable power of its sloganization. When murder cases are closing in the single digits in places as a result, that is shocking, and therefore worthy of 60 Minutes.

  7. sparkletone

    Cam’ron might, in fact, be a snitch.

  8. kiteless

    @Jude: what exactly are you getting at? People aren’t allowed to be continuously shocked that an entire community would allow gang values to take over their neighborhoods, culture and core values? That as a culture, they’re regressing away from all the things their leaders fought so hard for, you know, like justice, equality, fair treatment by police. We should just get used to it right? Then it’ll go away?

  9. taylor

    Here’s a copy of the Atlantic article by Kahn.

  10. howwhitemyshirtscanbe

    Thanks, Taylor!

    “The will of the people, in America, has always been at the mercy of an ignorance not merely phenomenal, but sacred, and sacredly cultivated: the better to be used by a carnivorous economy which democratically slaughters and victimizes whites and Blacks alike. … What the Americans do not realize is that a war between brothers, in the same cities, on the same soil is not a racial war but a civil war.” -James Baldwin, An Open Letter to My Sister, Angela Y. Davis

    Race is not the heart of the matter. It’s no accident that Kahn uses the term “omerta,” because the Italian-American Mafia was infamous for these tactics, with the support or tolerance of the whole community, including “civilians.”

    Gangster rap isn’t just a way of using trashy, destructive ghetto thrills as material for music. It’s also an alarm bell. If American voters reverse Reaganomics and give urban blacks a chance at middle-class jobs, then black music, as always the best American music, will go back to love songs like Motown made and Rasta songs about peace and good weed.

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