Friday, May 19, 2006

We’re All Snitches

USA TODAY

XXL - June 2006


Before you go reciting the code of the streets (a code, by the way, that has yet to be presented in written form and seems to change according to the ideology of the person who is using it in their defense) or calling the No-Snitch Patrol keep reading.

If you are a self-proclaimed writer, journalist, reporter, blogger, scribe, media critic…whatever you want to call it…you are indeed a Snitch. That is if you go off of the skewed definition being beat into our heads by Hip-Hop.

Think about it, we (yes, we are all in this together) get people to confide in us and then what do we do? Put it out there for everyone to read. We get artists in a comfort zone and before you know it they’re telling us about their drug habits and rented jewelry, child support cases and bad hair weaves. Police complain about the hood's unwillingness to cooperate yet journalists have no problem getting quotes from Taye Taye the neighborhood hustler. We make money of off their lives.

In essence, we are snitches.

We're baaaaaaaacck! Well, we will be soon.

"It's been a long time, we shouldn't have left you without a smart blog to read from..."

New Journalisticks post coming soon.... We're not dead, just trying to make the real world a better place for Hip-Hop lovers offline.