In 2007, Cam’ron told “60 Minutes” that he wouldn't snitch on anyone, including a hypothetical serial killer who lived next to him. During a more recent talk on “The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore,” Cam said his take on things hasn't changed much since then.
"I’m still not saying anything,” Cam told Wilmore before elaborating on his perspective.
"It’s about where you're living at,” he added. "Just because you snitch doesn’t mean [the defendant] is going to get convicted. Now you’re snitching on somebody who has to go through a court process, go through trial…and then comes out on the street and looks at you like, ‘That was you who told on me.’”
Cam’ron was part of a “Nightly Show” panel with Newark, New Jersey Mayor Ras Baraka and comedian Chris Distefano. Baraka wanted to clarify his position, too.
"We have to define this,” he said. "Snitching is co-conspirators. If I’m involved in a crime with somebody else and I tell on them, that’s snitching. If somebody did something to me or something takes place in my neighborhood, I’m telling the police on you because I don’t want you to do it again.”
All three panelists were then asked to answer a question as part of a “Keep It 100” segment. Wilmore asked Cam his question, wondering if it would make the Dipset MC talk to police.
"Somebody in your immediate family kills somebody and kills somebody you know, kills your boy,” Wilmore said. So, would Cam cooperate with police in this situation?
"I’ll just answer with this,” Cam said before making a face at the host, that you can see below.
In ’07, Cam told “60 Minutes” more about his take on the matter. "The type of business I’m in, it would definitely hurt my business,” he said at the time. “The way that I was raised, I just don’t do that…We wasn’t raised to tell.”
According to CBS, Cam later apologized for his comments about snitching after they were seen as offensive by some.
"Looking back now, I can see how those comments could be viewed as offensive," Cam'ron reportedly said. "Especially to those who have suffered their own personal tragedies or to those who put their lives on the line to protect our citizens from crime. Please understand that I was expressing my own personal frustration at my own personal circumstances. I in no way was intending to be malicious or harmful. I apologize deeply for this error in judgment."
Before the "60 Minutes" interview, Cam'ron was asked about a time when he was shot in Washington D.C. At the time, the Dipset rapper said he wouldn't talk to law enforcement officials about the incident.
"I won't talk to the D.C. police," he said during a 2006 interview. "But there was a D.C. cop present right behind my car when the shooting took place. Why do you need to speak to me when you have a cop present who seen all the shooting? Then, you also have a cellular telephone. You have a car, fingerprints and you have nobody to arrest. Why do you need to talk to me? I don't want to talk about it."
Cam'ron's been quite busy in the last year. He had an emoji app released, had people talking about his Killa Crunch cereal (that turned out to be clever packaging for a t-shirt), and he's been working on his Purple Haze 2 album.