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21 Interesting Things You Didn’t Know About El Chapo

His real name is Joaquín Guzmán Loera, but he is known to the world as El Chapo. From his Mexican villas, he ran the biggest drug operation in the world. As the head of the Sinaloa Drug Cartel, El Chapo amassed unmatched wealth and power.

Guzman’s story is widely known to the public. The most recent version of his life story is featured on Netflix’s TV series “El Chapo.”

While there seems to be no shortage of information about El Chapo, there are a few things that might not be known to all. Who was El Chapo as a person? What was he like?

Here are 21 things you may not have known about El Chapo.

1. How he got his nickname

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The phrase “El Chapo” is a slang term similar to “shorty.” With Guzman, it was used to describe his short stature, standing at only 5’6″ tall. This physical attribute became an advantage when he escaped prison, crawling into a small hole under his cell’s shower.

2. He’s a real-life Robin Hood

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Despite being a criminal, Guzman has the empathy and support of people from his town. Locals were reported as saying that Guzman has given the people money and jobs, which was more than what the Mexican government has done.

3. He escaped prison twice

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Guzman first escaped Puente Grande prison in Jalisco, Mexico, with 78 people cited as conspirators. He was recaptured in 2014 but escaped again in 2015, this time through a tunnel dug under his cell’s shower room.

4. His birthday is unclear

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There are two conflicting dates reported as Guzman’s birthday. One report says he was born on December 25, 1954, and another that says April 4, 1957.

5. He did not finish grade school

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El Chapo is reportedly semi-illiterate. His highest educational attainment is the third grade.

6. He gave an interview with Sean Penn

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While on the run, Guzman met Hollywood actor Sean Penn. Penn interviewed the Mexican kingpin and it was published in Rolling Stone magazine. Guzman was quoted as saying, “I supply more heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine, and marijuana than anybody else in the world.”

7. He married four times

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El Chapo is said to have married four times. The latest one happened in 2007 when he married Emma Coronel Aispuro, a former beauty queen.

8. He was on the Forbes Billionaires list

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In 2009, Guzman made it to the Forbes Billionaires list. He ranked 701 with an estimated wealth of $1 billion. In Mexico, he was the 10th richest man in the country.

9. He has fathered 13 children

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Guzman’s Wikipedia page currently lists 13 children. Some of his children from his first marriage are also involved in the drug trade. One of his sons, Edgar, was shot and killed in a gunfight near Culiacan, Mexico.

10. He initially kidnapped his third wife

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In 1977, a bank clerk from Nayarit by the name of Estela Peña caught Guzman’s eye. He captured her by force and had sexual relations with her. They eventually married shortly after.

11. He doesn’t speak English

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He is reported to have used translators in all of his court proceedings in the United States. It is known that El Chapo did not fully complete grade school, and entered the drug trade at an early age.

12. He was Chicago’s modern-day Al Capone

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Bringing in over 4,000 pounds of cocaine in Chicago every month, Guzman was given the title “Public Enemy No. 1,” second to Al Capone. There was no evidence, however, that El Chapo was ever in Chicago.

13. He had a lover in jail

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Guzman met Zulema Hernandez in jail. She was imprisoned for aiding drug traffickers. Guzman and Hernandez were said to have a romantic relationship while in prison. A rival gang killed Hernandez after her release.

14.  The United States Treasury calls him the “most powerful drug trafficker in the world”

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As the leader of the Sinaloa drug cartel, Guzman has moved illegal drugs in the US more than any other drug lord. He is reported to have brought 500,000 tons of cocaine in the United States using a fleet of vehicles that include jets, boats, and submarines.

15. He started his own marijuana plantation at 15 years old

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Guzman’s father mismanaged the money he made from growing and selling marijuana, so Guzman took it upon himself to start his own marijuana trade. Along with his younger brothers, Guzman sold marijuana and became the family’s breadwinner.

16. He uses Twitter to threaten enemies

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Guzman has maintained a Twitter account and has over 500,000 followers. Guzman has recently tweeted his disapproval of US President Trump. Trump has also replied to a few of his tweets.

17. He disguised drugs as chili peppers

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Of the many creative ways Guzman used to smuggle drugs, the most interesting is probably packaging them in chili pepper cans. A sample of the exact can used was entered into evidence for his ongoing trial.

18. There are ballads written about him

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Guzman, revered by his fellow townsmen, is the subject of many “drug ballads” called narcocorridos in Spanish. The is more proof that he is considered to be a town hero worthy of admiration. The ballads openly express support for the drug kingpin, especially when he is recaptured by authorities.

19. He escaped an assassination attempt

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Assassins wrongly identified Guzman in a car in Guadalajara airport. Thinking Guzman was in the vehicle, the assassins fired shots at the vehicle. Guzman, however, was nowhere near the area. Six people were killed in the shooting, one of them was the car’s passenger, Cardinal and Archbishop of Guadalajara Juan Jesús Posadas, who was said to be mistaken as Guzman.

20. He has his own shipping line

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To ensure total autonomy in his drug smuggling trade, Guzman built a shipping empire. He uses the business to transport drugs without having to deal with third-party shippers. A recent report claimed that he used 747 jets and submarines to move drugs from Mexico to the US.

21. He used a catapult to “deliver” marijuana to the US

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A DEA official revealed that one of Guzman’s smuggling technique was a simple catapult. They would load bales of marijuana on it and “throw it” over the Arizona-Mexico border.

At this point, Guzman is awaiting trial in a United States court. He has pleaded not guilty to all 17 charges that include drug smuggling, murder, and money laundering. Guzman was arrested in 2016 in Los Mochis, Mexico. If found guilty, El Chapo faces life in prison.

The World Can’t Get Enough Of J Balvin, He Is YouTube’s Most Streamed Artist Worldwide

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The World Can’t Get Enough Of J Balvin, He Is YouTube’s Most Streamed Artist Worldwide

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¡Mi gente! Your faves could never. Latin music domination continues around the world with the top spots of global streaming platforms being stacked with Latinx artists. What a time to be alive. Remember when we all had to pretend Drake was Dominican to get some kind of representation out here? But when you think about the sheer number of people on the planet that speak Spanish, it totally makes sense that Latinx artists would have such a massive reach. 

And let’s be real, while fluency helps, you really don’t have to be proficient to enjoy reggaeton. The energetic, pulsating beats can compel anyone to move. Do you really think everyone in the United States knew the English translation of Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s “Despacito” in order to enjoy it? Music transcends language and so does Colombian trap artist J Balvin apparently. Do you think anyone even noticed that the lyrics in “Harlem Shake” are largely in Spanish? Nope. 

J Balvin is here to stay.

For six consecutive weeks, J Balvin has chopped the global charts on YouTube. That’s a total of 1.26 billion views on the platform. 

“Artista más visto en YouTube Global,” Balvin wrote in an Instagram caption.

This comes as no surprise to Balvin fans. In 2018, Balvin ousted drake as the most-streamed artist worldwide on Spotify. The singer surpassed 48 million monthly listeners last summer thanks to his single “X” with Nicky Jam which streamed over 327 million times. Balvin is in great company on the global charts with Daddy Yankee, Bad Bunny, and Ozuna all in the top 10. The trio’s single “China” with Anuel AA and Karol G is currently number 1 on the YouTube global charts and number 2 in the United States chart. However, we’re pleased to note that “Señorita” by Camilla Cabello and Shawn Mendes is topping the charts in the states. 

Balvin shouts out his Latinx fans. 

“Artista más escuchado en el mundo en @spotify posición #1 que celebro con todos mis latinos y los soñadores. Gracias Gracias Gracias,” Balvin wrote in the caption. 

Our boy is famous basically everywhere?

The top countries streaming Balvin’s music are Mexico with 240 million views, Argentina with 121 million views, and Colombia with 121 million views. The United States is in fourth place with 112 million views, followed by Spain, Peru, Chile, Ecuador, Brazil, and Venezuela. But fear not, Balvin has fans in at least 100 different countries according to YouTube. 

We stan a humble king of the masses!

Like, literally could you imagine how this level of adoration and attention would completely warp your mind? I would be a monster. I would build a house out of fan mail and then set it ablaze just to laugh at my stupid fans. I’d have so many, who cares! Meanwhile, the artist, who typically regales his followers with personal messages on Instagram every morning at 5 a.m., knows how to connect with his fans. Balvin even served ordinary people from a coffee cart in New York City the other day. 

“Buenos días , buenos días , buenos días !!!!! ARCOÍRIS TOUR empieza 30 de Agosto en Puerto Rico !! Choliseo,” he wrote on Instagram. 

 We stan a humble king of the masses!

This isn’t the first Latin wave (and it won’t be the last).

In the 1990s, the late and great Selena catapulted Tejano and Cumbia music into the mainstream American consciousness. This ushered in the era of the “Latin Explosion” where legends were born. Ricky Martin, Thalía, Marc Anthony, Enrique Iglesias, and Jennifer Lopez made their marks. Hell, even Frank Sinatra personally invited Luis Miguel to record a duet of “Come Fly With Me” on his 1994 album Duets II. 

In the 2000s, there was the “Latin Pop Boom” that saw the likes of Shakira, Paulina Rubio, and Christina Aguilera topping the charts. You may even remember non-Latinx artists trying to ride the wave with Beyoncé collaborating with Shakira on the duet, “Beautiful Liar,” and releasing a Spanish language version of the single “Irreplaceable.” It almost feels odd to call these decades different waves or eras when it is pretty clear Latinxs have been consistently rocking the charts since Gloria Estefan in the 1980s. Since then, in the United States, we have been blessed with many more Latinx acts including the likes of Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato, Camila Cabello, Becky G, and Cardi B. And of course, there are all the amazing imports from Latinx countries around the world. If we want to continue this Latinx chart domination, I only have one piece of advice: stream “China” by J. Balvin on YouTube and Spotify!

Sparking Tequila: It Better Be On The Menu At Your Next Pool Party Or I’m Not Going

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Sparking Tequila: It Better Be On The Menu At Your Next Pool Party Or I’m Not Going

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Summer 2019 is officially the summer carbonation took over the hearts and minds of the the adult beverage industry. Natty Light, PBR, Four Loko, and practically any alcohol company with a pulse who can make and bottle boozy seltzer jumped on a train that continues to bubble out of control.

The next phase of the sparkling beverage boom: Sparkling tequila.

LA-based Pure Azul just announced that it will be rolling out Azulana sparkling tequila this week in California, producing the first and only beverage on the market made with 100% blue agave tequila and sparkling soda.

Crafted in Jalisco, Mexico, it comes canned in three flavors: Original (… tequila-flavored sparkling soda), Lime, and Pineapple Rosemary. Azulana sparkling tequila will be released in 12-oz. cans, containing 4.3% ABV with 145 calories.

In other words, the legit perfect drink for summer. You just may want to break out some sal y limon to fully enjoy it. 

The three flavors are each unique and, not gonna lie, sound straight up tasty.

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According to the company’s website, the “Original” flavor goes down smooth with a “lightly sweet” and “slightly tart” taste.

The “Pineapple Rosemary,” meanwhile, boasts a fruity, herbal flavor somewhat reminiscent of flowers, while the “Lime” option is zesty and tropical.

Sparkling tequila is the the latest in a total takeover of the alcoholic beverage industry by sparkly, bubbly bebidas. 

Clearly, Azulana looks to capitalize on two glaring beverage industry trends: The proliferation of sparkling hard seltzer and the continued success of tequila, which Azulana notes “continues to thrive.” In 2017, for example, the US saw an 8.5% increase in tequila liter sales over the previous year, according to the Distilled Spirits Council.

In a press release, Katie Pittman, Head of Sales and Marketing at Pure Azul notes, “Our goal is to help others understand that tequila isn’t just enjoyed during a wild night out – with Azulana, it can truly be enjoyed during all occasions – anywhere, anytime.”

It’s also good timing – tequila sales are up up up across the US. 

It may not seem like it to those of us who regularly order the Patron or some Cuervo when we having a party, but it’s true. Tequila sales are booming in the US. In 2017, for example, tequila sales were up 8.5% from the year before. 

So if there was ever a time to enter the tequila business – it would be now. Make them coins. 

The grand unveiling was August 22nd at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA.

And, of course, it made its debut at a Rolling Stones concert. Because I guess tequila and Stones go together like…sal y limon? 

But don’t worry if you didn’t make it to that concert. You won’t have to wait long. The sparking tequila beverage will be available at Bristol Farms supermarkets in Southern California from August 28th before expanding to other markets and regions from then. 

While some seemed to at least be open to the idea…

I mean, it all really depends on your feelings towards sparkling drinks to begin with. If you’re already a fan, then sparkling tequila isn’t too much of a stretch. 

Mexicans were openly skeptical.

But let’s note, many on Latino Twitter basically said they were simultaneously fascinated and disgusted by the idea of sparkling tequila.

And a few people pointed out that summer is nearly over. 

But if you have sparking tequila at your house…is summer ever really over? I don’t think so. 

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