'It saved my life': how Snow's 'Informer' helped him escape a life of crime

The Canadian reggae artist reveals the story behind his biggest hit.
26 years after its release, Canadian reggae artist Snow looks back at his smash hit, "Informer."

By Vivian Tabar and Melody Lau

"Informer" is one of Canada's most recognizable songs of the '90s. Recorded by Toronto reggae artist Snow, the track became a No. 1 hit in the U.S., Australia, Denmark and many other countries.

It was a divisive song and drew criticism for its "incomprehensible" lyrics, but whether you loved it or hated it, Snow and his smash hit are part of our country's musical history. It also served as a positive turning point in the artist's life, helping him find an escape from a life of crime.

Crime itself is what first inspired "Informer," actually. While some laughed off the song's lyrics, Snow was actually channelling his frustrations with the criminal justice system into lyrics like: "Tective man a say, say daddy me Snow me stab someone down." (Snow says he never stabbed anyone during this incident.)

Watch below as Snow looks back at the success of "Informer" and breaks down the real meaning behind the song.


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