The Alleged Snitch: 50 Cent
What He Allegedly Did: Fif has been accused of snitching several times—most notably after he aired out much of his 'hood's business on one of his early tracks, "Ghetto Qu'ran," and later when he allegedly obtained an order of protection against Ja Rule and some of his Murda Inc. cohorts. That coupled with his beef with a whole laundry list of different MCs has caused him to be labeled a snitch almost endlessly. Just Google "50 cent snitch" if you don't believe us.
Any Truth To It? No way. If 50 was a snitch, we have to believe that Fat Joe, Rick Ross, Ja Rule or someone that he's beefed with in the past would have found some hard evidence to show us by now. Until then, all the talk about 50 being a snitch is just slander.
The Alleged Snitch: Drake
What He Allegedly Did: Drizzy got robbed in his hometown of Toronto a few years ago at the start of his career and reportedly cooperated with police to help finger the guy who did it. A fellow Toronto rapper who was affiliated with the suspect called him out for doing it on Twitter earlier this year and Twitpic'd a copy of an affidavit as proof.
Any Truth To It? Yeah, a little. Technically, though, Drake didn't snitch if he did what this guy said he did. He simply helped police track down someone who robbed him, which—by definition—isn't really snitching. However, it's something that most other rappers would frown upon, especially considering the crew that Drake runs with now. But either way, it didn't seem to faze him or slow down his momentum.
The Alleged Snitch: T.I.
What He Allegedly Did: After getting arrested in October 2007 on federal gun charges, Tip managed to get sentenced to just one year in prison, which in turn caused many people in the hip-hop community to question whether or not he struck a deal with authorities to snitch in return for a reduced jail sentence.
Any Truth To It? Probably not. Tip's short bid deserved to raise a few eyebrows. But because no paperwork ever surfaced to implicate T.I. and because he went on the record over and over (and over!) again to deny the allegations, we took him at his word. He's high-profile enough that, if he did snitch, something would have shown up on The Smoking Gun by now, right?
The Alleged Snitch: Alfamega
What He Allegedly Did: Speaking of T.I., his Grand Hustle cohort Alfamega landed in hot water when The Smoking Gun tracked down paperwork that implicated him as a snitch back in September 2009. He denied it, but T.I. still kicked him out of his camp and other rappers have refused to working with him ever since.
Any Truth To It? Hell yes. The Smoking Gun has been right time and time again and just about always provides legit paperwork to backup their stories. And Alfamega's situation was no different. He reportedly helped get a man thrown into jail years ago in order to save his own ass, which is exactly what rappers refer to when they bring up the term "snitch."
The Alleged Snitch: Scarface
What He Allegedly Did: Back in 2007, Houston rapper Lil Troy accused 'Face of setting up two of his own close friends and getting them arrested for dealing cocaine. It is worth noting, however, that Troy and 'Face were engaged in a war of words at the time, which is always a reason to be skeptical about snitching accusations.
Any Truth To It? Highly unlikely. Troy did make a video where he provided some kind of paperwork to try and prove his theory. But, like we said, his accusations seemed to come out of a place of anger, so they never stuck. Chalk this one up as a rap beef that went way over the line.
The Alleged Snitch: Joe Budden
What He Allegedly Did: During a back-and-forth with Budden, fellow Jersey City, N.J. rapper Ransom accused him of snitching on him and letting him get thrown into jail over something that he didn't do. Details on this one are sketchy but, like the Scarface incident we just mentioned, the accusation occurred in the middle of a beef between the two rappers so be wary of the claim.
Any Truth To It? Not really. This also occurred at a time when simply calling someone a snitch in a YouTube clip was enough to raise a few eyebrows because of all the publicity the Stop Snitchin' campaign was receiving so that needs to be taken into account. We don't believe it.
The Alleged Snitch: Snoop Dogg
What He Allegedly Did: We're not quite sure. But in an effort to try and disparage Snoop's name a few years ago, Suge Knight claimed that Snoop has gotten into trouble with the law one too many times to not be behind bars right now. And he questioned whether or not he'd been snitching to police to save himself from having to do hard time.
Any Truth To It? Yes. And we've also got a great bridge out here in Brooklyn that we'd like to sell you, if you're interested? Look, we're not saying we can prove that Snoop's not a snitch, but um...Yeah, Snoop's not a snitch and Suge said he was just to try and get a rise out of him. Fail.
The Alleged Snitch: Cam'Ron
What He Allegedly Did: Interestingly enough, Killa was the unofficial leader of the Stop Snitchin' campaign after making his 60 Minutes campaign and infamously stating that he wouldn't turn a serial killer into the police if he lived next door to him. But in 2007, The Smoking Gun managed to wrangle together some official documents from back in 1999 that showed Cam filing a police report against a group of men who beat him up at a basketball game in New York City.
Any Truth To It? Yes. And frankly, we're a little surprised that Anderson Cooper didn't have the document handy when he interviewed Cam to get his take on it. We don't necessarily disagree with what Cam did, but we do think the 60 Minutes piece could have been more effective if Cam had spoken on the difference between snitching to protect yourself from getting in trouble and snitching to help protect yourself and your community.