Single by Snow featuring MC Shan
from the album 12 Inches of Snow
Released September 30, 1992
Format CD single, CD maxi, 7" single
12" maxi, Cassette
Genre Reggae fusion, hip-hop
Label EastWest Records America, Atlantic
Writer(s) Edmond Leary
Producer M.C. Shan
"Informer" is a 1992 single by Canadian reggae musician Snow. It features and is produced by MC Shan, and is from Snow's 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, "Informer" became a chart topping hit, spending seven consecutive weeks at Number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was his biggest hit in the United Kingdom, where it reached Number 2, behind two different number one singles. In 2007, the song was ranked No. 84 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of the 90's.
Directed by George Seminara, the video recalls Snow's time in prison by showing him entering a jail cell. His producer and friend, M.C. Shan, is also featured in the video, where he explains how he got into prison himself while being accompanied with a couple of women in a sauna. It also features Snow being accompanied himself with female dancers glossed in black and white. One of the dancers is Mona Scott, who would later go into music management by starting Violator Management and later becoming owner of Monami Entertainment.
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
Informer remixer/editor: Rick The Mexican Huerta