Informer (song)

"Informer" is a 1993 single by Toronto reggae musician Snow, featuring MC Shan as guest artist and producer, from his debut album 12 Inches of Snow. The single was released shortly before Snow was imprisoned for a year on an assault charge. Upon his release from prison, it became a chart topping hit, spending seven consecutive weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was his biggest hit in the UK, where it reached #2, behind two different number one singles.

Plot and lyrical analysis

"Informer" is a slang term, usually derogatory, for a police informant, who is protected in exchange for information used to solve cases. Another alternative yet popular term for it would be snitch.

In the song, the narrator is apparently being accused of participating in a homicide near his home, but claims he was somewhere else when it happened and that the police informant who gave his name in is deliberately trying to wreck his life and career goals, disrupting his personal life.

No one has ever worked out what Snow says in the breakdown in the middle eight with the most popular estimate as "Come with a nice young lady, intelligent? yes, she gentle and Irie", which refers to positive emotions or feelings, or anything that is good. Specifically it refers to high emotions and peaceful vibrations".

"Informer" was 39th on VH1's list of the "50 Most Awesomely Bad Songs... Ever". , but won a Juno Award for Best Reggae Recording in 1994. It reached 40th on MuchMoreMusic's list of the top "50 Guilty Pleasures" and was 84th on VH1's "100 Greatest Songs of the '90s."


  • In the television series In Living Color, Jim Carrey poses as Snow with similar sunglasses and parodies the song as "Imposter". The song describes how Snow himself is Canadian (Carrey is also Canadian) and becomes more bizarre as it progresses - at one point he sings like Popeye.
  • The song was also covered by Arash and Aneela as "Chori Chori".

Track listings

CD maxi

  1. "Informer" (radio mix) — 4:11
  2. "Informer" (album mix) — 4:28
  3. "Informer" (drum mix) — 4:12
  4. "Informer" (Clark's fat bass mix) — 4:39
  5. "Informer" (Clark's super mix) — 4:51 7" single
  6. "Informer" (radio edit) — 4:05
  7. "Informer" (album mix) — 4:28
12" maxi

  1. "Informer" (LP version) — 4:28
  2. "Informer" (drum mix) — 4:12
  3. "Informer" (dub) — 4:12
  4. "Informer" (Clark's fat bass mix) — 4:39
  5. "Informer" (Clark's super radio mix) — 4:11
  6. "Informer" (super dub) — 4:50 Cassette
  7. "Informer" (LP version) — 4:30
  8. "Informer" (drum mix) — 4:13


  • Text : Darrin O'Brien, Edmund Leary, Shawn Moltke
  • Producer : MC Shan
  • Executive producer : David Eng, EZ Steve Salem
  • Co-producer : Edmund Leary, John "Jumpstreet" Ficarotta
  • Photography : Melanie Nissen


Country Certification Date Sales certified
Austria Gold July 16, 1993 15,000
Germany Platinum 1993 300,000
UK Silver April 1, 1993 200,000
U.S. Platinum March 16, 1993 1,000,000


Chart (1993) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 1
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play 24
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales 1
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles Sales 3
U.S. Billboard Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles 5
U.S. Billboard Rhythmic Top 40 5
U.S. Billboard Top 40 Mainstream 12
U.S. ARC Weekly Top 40 1
Australian ARIA Singles Chart 1
Austrian Singles Chart 2
Dutch Singles Chart 2
French SNEP Singles Chart 3
German Singles Chart 1
Irish Singles Chart 1
New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart 1
Norwegian Singles Chart 1
Swedish Singles Chart 1
Swiss Singles Chart 1
UK Singles Chart 2
United World Chart 1
End of year chart (1993) Position
Australian Singles Chart 6
Austrian Singles Chart 9
Swiss Singles Chart 14



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