It's risky, the bitch tend to rise out a nigga
It's history, Snitch, who decided he's a member
Once he got pinched, coincided with law
Same homie say he lay it down for the boy

from Obie Trice (Ft. Akon) – Snitch Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

In any organized criminal enterprise one runs the risk of the other conspirators turning informant on the rest to the police. This happens most often after one of them is arrested (often on unrelated charges). Police and prosecutors can use the arrest and impending jailtime as leverage in exchange for information on the rest of the criminal organization.

Think Big Pussy on the Sopranos. Staring down 50 years on a RICO charge for selling heroin makes a guy think twice about not wearing a wire to his best friend’s house for Sunday dinner.

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