The police department in Camden, New Jersey is threatening to pull its sponsorship of todayâ€™s scheduled â€œPeace on the Streetsâ€ rally unless one of the performers, Swizz Beatz, agrees to stop his anti-snitching campaign.
In his current single, “It’s Me Snitches,” Swizz raps: “Freeze, you know who it is/ It’s me, snitches” and “I ain’t gonna shoot ya/ I could just choke ya.”
Itâ€™s those kinds of lyrics that trouble the police department, who fear that lines advocating violence and the removal of snitches will stir up trouble in a city that is already among the most violent in the nation.
However, Swizz released a statement to the AP explaining the â€œSnitchesâ€ part of the song title.
“The use of the word `snitches’ in the song was just an edit for radio,” Swizz says. “If I supported violence or the `Stop Snitching’
campaign, I wouldn’t have agreed to be a part of the event …”