AceShowbiz - Hip-Hop has some unsaid rules regarding how to carry yourself. One in particular is say no to snitching. That's why, being labeled a "snitch" in the industry is worse than being a terrible rapper.
A number of hip-hop artists have been labeled as "snitches" for cooperating with police amid their legal troubles. While others managed to brush off the title, others still suffer from it, like getting blackballed from the industry.
Here is the list of rappers who are called "snitches."
6ix9ine once cut a deal with the government to witness against his two former associates. The Brooklyn-based emcee, who served a 24-month sentence on conspiracy to murder and armed robbery counts, was released from jail in 2020 after he agreed to testify during the trial of Nine Trey gang members Anthony "Harv" Ellison and Aljermiah "Nuke" Mack, who were facing federal racketeering and firearms charge.
Though he has been blackballed from the music industry after snitching on the two men, the "TROLLZ" rapper remained defiant. "Listen - I did that, and I feel like it's completely justifiable," he told Logan Paul in a September 2020 interview. "I thought rap was real... what rapper you know goes down for racketeering? ... Everything I was rapping about was really happening. These rappers that rap about the s**t they rap about, they don't live."
T.I. was once accused of snitching on Kodak Black in 2019 after the former was arrested for drugs and weapons arrest. While the allegation wasn't confirmed, Tip confessed in the following year that he did pin a gun case on his late relative in the early 2000s. He said the scenario took place before he rose to fame. At that time, he and his cousin Toot were caught stealing upscale clothes.
A video from Tip's confession re-surfaced in December 2022, leading people to drag him on social media. While he didn't address the backlash, his son King Harris came to his defense by saying on Instagram Live, "Y'all could tell me I'm wrong or whatever. Y'all throwing out the wrong word." He added, "Look, listen. A snitch, a rat, a mouse is you putting somebody… If you put somebody else in trouble and you get out. Somebody has to do time and s**t like that for you [to be a snitch]."
Back in 2020, G Hebro (Lil Herb) and five other men were charged for allegedly stealing credit card information to fund luxury vacations and a villa in Jamaica. The rapper pleaded not guilty and insisted on his single "Statement" that he "ain't never been a fraud."
However, someone who claimed to be Herbo's former friend accused him of snitching in the case. "I DIDN'T GET HIT FOR FRAUD BRO. I GOT HIT NOT PAYING TAXES IN TIME BRO," the man, who went under the name @omi_in_a_hellcat on Instagram, argued. "OH YOU THROWING ME UNDER THE BUS CAUSE ME AND U WAS F**KING WITH THE SAME SHAWTY DAMN I GET IT... SMH THIS NEW GENERATION AINT THUR;. FIGHT YOUR CASE WITHOUT MENTIONING ME AND ILL DO THE SAME BRO."
Alfamega, whose real name is Cedric Zellars, allegedly became an informant for the Drug Enforcement Administration in a heroin case during the 1990s. It was said that the Grand Hustle Records artist has testified against a "heroin trafficker" named Ali Baaqar.
According to court papers obtained by The Smoking Gun, Mega was taken into custody in 1995 for selling guns. After agreeing to cooperate with authorities, he had 18 months shaved off a 110-month prison sentence.
Gunna has been making headlines after taking a plea deal in the YSL RICO case. While he might be breathing a sigh of release after getting his freedom back, the "Pushin P" hitmaker unfortunately had to see himself being avoided by a number of his friends in the hip-hop community amid snitching allegations.
Among those who distanced themselves from Gunna were Lil Baby, Meek Mill and Polo G, who unfollowed him on Instagram. Lil Durk, meanwhile, dissed the "DS4Ever" artist through his new song, which one line reads, "What happened to Virgil? He probably gon' tell."
Fat Joe was accused of snitching by Cuban Link, who shared a document that he himself admitted might not be legitimate but does contain Joe's name. "Exhibit A-the paperwork is in," Link wrote in a video shared in August 2021. The Cuban native also posted a document stamped "government exhibit," which described Joe explaining how he got the name "Joey Crack" for selling crack on Union avenue and knowing a man who was murdered in which he named several suspects.
Joe, however, has shut down the accusations. Responding to Link's claim, the "All the Way Up" hitmaker declared on Instagram alongside a photo of himself, "When the HATE don't work they start telling lie."
Yak Gotti, one of the rappers who were also indicted in the YSL RICO case, has refuted rumors that he's been working as a government informant to help build a RICO case against fellow rappers Young Thug and Gunna. "2015 my brudda never did a day in jail because I claimed my s**t," he posted on his Instagram Story. "I did 4 years Fed with no tears. Stop the cap.
Yak's statement didn't help though. It was later unveiled that he almost got stabbed by an inmate in October 2022 in Fulton County jail due to the snitching allegation. Speaking with Rolling Stone, Gotti's mom Tasha Kendrick said, "My son doesn't deserve to be attacked in jail... No one's does." Meanwhile, sheriff's office officials confirmed the October 8 fight on Friday, October 14 afternoon.
When 50 Cent was beefing with French Montana in 2020, the latter exposed legal paperwork alleging Fiddy was an informant. When posting the docs on social media, he wrote, "Where I'm from it doesn't get no worse than this."
"A real life Rat. WOWWWW 59 is a government informant and here's the paper work to prove it!!! I swear this my last post," the Moroccan-American emcee continued. "This beef is over. He already called the system on me!! I had to put the nail in the coffin."
Also facing the same allegation was Snoop Dogg. The "Drop It Like It's Hot" spitter was accused of snitching on co-founder and former CEO of Death Row Records, Suge Knight, in Tupac Shakur murder case.
According to paperwork unearthed by YouTube personality Star, Snoop told police that it was the music executive who killed the New York City-born rapper, who died on September 13, 1996. The paperwork also detailed that the "What's My Name?" hitmaker was attacked by a group of men from Death Row Records, not long after he broke off ties with the label. The Long Beach native allegedly snitched after he received protection from police.
Drake was accused of being a "snitch" after reporting a robbery. In 2020, a man called Big Page released a document that he said proves the "Certified Lover Boy" artist called the police.
Big Page turns out to be a Canadian who felt that the four-time Grammy winner was not a fair representation of his "hood." When bringing up the accusation, he called the "Hotline Bling" hitmaker and his pals "Snitch A** N***as."