Hip-Hop’s Code Of Silence Hurts Police

Reuters profiled the taboo on “snitching” or informing, which is now part of hip-hop’s mystique and makes it increasingly hard for police to solve violent crimes in inner-city neighborhoods. But one rapper isn’t impressed with someone like Lil’ Kim, currently in jail for refusing to snitch and lying to a grand jury about a Manhattan shootout. “I support snitches,” said frontman Chuck D. “If a person is cancerous to society, then a snitch sometimes is the best solution, with an army behind him.” Read more.

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