Actor Morgan Freeman was a trending Twitter topic on Thursday night (October 1), shortly after 21 Savage and Metro Boomin’ unleashed Savage Mode 2. The U.K. native teased the 83-year-old Academy Award winner’s involvement in the project with an Instagram trailer earlier this week.
“To be in Savage Mode is to go hard, not allowing anything to stop or deter you from your mission,” Freeman says in the clip. “Basically, when someone is in savage mode they’re not to be fucked with.”
But no one was prepared for the extent to which Freeman is involved in the album. The celebrated actor, whose deep, commanding voice has become somewhat of a pop culture phenomenon, surfaces numerous times throughout the 15-track effort, offering life lessons in a way only Freeman can.
On the interlude “Snitches & Rats,” people are convinced Freeman dissed Tekashi 6ix9ine, although he never mentions his name. Instead, Freeman breaks down the difference between a snitch and rat.
“A regular citizen who reports seeing a crime isn’t a ‘snitch’ or a ‘rat,’ the criminals were just sloppy,” he says. “Snitches and rats are not the same thing, let me break it down to make sure y’all see what I mean/A ‘snitch’ is someone minding other folks’ business/To find information they can sell for a price or trade for some other form of compensation.
“A ‘rat’ is a traitor, a conceiver, planner or physical participator/He doesn’t sell secrets for power or cash, he betrays the trust of his team or his family hoping to save his own cowardly ass/The difference is, at least a snitch is human, but a rat is a fuckin’ rat, period.”
Of course, 6ix9ine’s reputation as a rat exploded following his 2018 arrest on racketeering charges. The rainbow-loving rapper, who ultimately admitted to snitching, infamously turned government witness less than a day after he was taken into federal custody.
His October 2019 testimony at the trial of known Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods Aljermiah “Nuke” Mack and Anthony “Harv” Ellison not only resulted in their convictions but helped take down their criminal enterprise.
Twitter erupted with reactions to Freeman’s carefully worded interlude. Check out some of the reactions below.
Morgan Freeman to 6ix9ine on the interlude: pic.twitter.com/VLzQd74NwQ
— Nigeria still WALLOOOOOWS 🇳🇬🇳🇬🇳🇬🇳🇬 (@NSotunde) October 2, 2020
6ix9ine listening to Morgan freeman on 'snitches & rats' pic.twitter.com/7O94YXHxer
— Razzmahtorrdenlap 🍥 (@MCFC_Ajanaku) October 2, 2020
21 got Morgan Freeman CUSSING AND DISSING 6ix9ine???? Album of the year
— francis (@OGNIGEL404) October 2, 2020
6ix9ine when morgan freeman said "atleast a snitch is a human and a rat is just a fucking rat" pic.twitter.com/jEMIGh5d4Y
— kip (@collinskchumba) October 2, 2020
This man metro got Morgan Freeman to diss 6ix9ine pic.twitter.com/2528EcWvcn
— Jaden Steadman (@SteadmanJaden) October 2, 2020
21 Savage is going to do numbers with his new album for featuring Morgan Freeman ……..
— 🇳🇬 Gbaade ( The Crown ) (@akoringbaade) October 2, 2020
imagine morgan freeman calling you a fucking rat on an interlude 😭😭😭 it’s over for tekashi not even akademiks’ henny streams can save him
— nandini 🌚 (@nandinichand25) October 2, 2020
Morgan Freeman Didn’t Have To Do Tekashi Like That. pic.twitter.com/yAztyZPvwL
— The Guy (@Kaathikepamwe) October 2, 2020
6ix9ine after listening to Morgan freeman on Snitches and Rats (interlude): pic.twitter.com/iOXv0tkSVw
— IG:@isthatimxni (@_painpercs_) October 2, 2020
Morgan Freeman: “a rat is a fucking eat… period”
— Dion (@StaggeringIG) October 2, 2020
Morgan freeman: *explains difference between snitches and rats*
— jordan 1 mids hate page (@floppydildos) October 2, 2020
Morgan Freeman legit educated us on the street code and possibly dissed 6ix9ine on a 21 savage album 💀 if this aint trap album of the year idk what is. Yes, I said MORGAN FREEMAN. pic.twitter.com/YhiQUANevV
— manas (@manhoosxo) October 2, 2020
They got Morgan Freeman dissin 6ix9ine on a album?? pic.twitter.com/JxOKSiI4JU
— 6'2 on Wednesday's (@Am_onp) October 2, 2020
MORGAN FREEMAN vs TEKASHI 6IX9INE!
The beef no one expected
— + × 💚 (@____Basquiat) October 2, 2020