Cam'ron Explains Refusal to Cooperate With Police During '60 Minutes'
The Diplomats leader, who will be featured on this week's edition of 60 Minutes, tells Anderson Cooper that helping the authorities would not only hurt sales of his music, but also violate his "code of ethics."
"If I knew the serial killer was living next door to me?...I wouldn't call and tell anybody on him -- but I'd probably move...but I'm not going to call and be like, 'The serial killer's in 4E,' " said Cam'ron in response to a hypothetical question posed by Cooper.
The interview is part of Cooper's report on the concept of "snitching" and how certain artists' message to shun the police has undermined efforts to solve murders across the country.
Hip-Hop has recently come under fire in the aftermath of radio personality Don Imus' comments regarding the Rutgers women's basketball team.
"It would definitely hurt my business, and the way I was raised, I just don't do that," Cam'ron explained, when asked about why he refused to help police catch the person who shot and wounded him years ago in Washington D.C.
In addition to Cam'ron, Cooper talks to Geoffrey Canada, an anti-violence advocate and educator from New York City's Harlem neighborhood.
According to Canada, the refusal to cooperate with police could stem from rappers working to maintain their "street credibility."
"It's one of those things that sells music and no one really quite understands why," he told Cooper, adding that fans look up to artists if they come from the "meanest streets of the urban ghetto."
Canada also noted how the practice of not talking to authorities has changed from when he was growing up in New York City.
"It is now a cultural norm that is being preached in poor communities....It's like you can't be a black person if you have a set of values that say 'I will not watch a crime happen in my community without getting involved to stop it,'" he said.
Cooper's interview with Cam'ron is slated to air on 60 Minutes from 7-8 p.m. EST on Sunday (Apr. 22) on CBS.