There's a difference between a guilt society and a shame society. There's a difference between self-policing and snitching. This can be hard to grasp, so the Ghetto Boys and Jalopnik readers are here to explain.
The song ends with a plea for snitching, a rare thing in hip hop.
Cause there's joy in our hearts, we're really all about peace
So if you see a crook in action, be down and call the police
Scarface, Willie D, and Bushwick Bill sang "Be Down" back in '88, but there's been a whole "Stop Snitching" movement since then. The drama came up while we were talking about gearheads reporting a streetracer among them and Gamecat235 tried to settle the matter.