Commenting on the recent 50 Cent/Cam’ron beef, hip-hop historian Ethan Brown points out a few pieces of information that lend credence to the long-running “50 is a snitch” campaign, which has begun picking up a little more heat in the wake of the new feud. Brown seemed to have put some heavy lifting into the research for his book, Queens Reigns Supreme: Fat Cat, 50 Cent, and the Rise of the Hip Hop Hustler, and he probably knows more about the comingling of the music industry and the crack trade—and the real life story of Curtis Jackson—than anyone not actually involved in it, so I consider him a trustworthy source of info. But whether it’s actually true or not probably doesn’t matter. Hip-hop is all about image, especially when it comes to beefs, and to more than a few people 50 looks like a phony who likes to show off his guns. The thing with Cam will probably play out over a couple more diss tracks and answer tracks by various crews, a litany of histrionic radio interviews, and then be over. But there’s something about all the gun-flashing and wild accusations—check out Billy Sunday’s XXL blog for a less coherent trail of clues pointing to Lil Wayne turning snitch—that has me feeling kinda like it’s 1995 all over again.