These 7 Narcocorridos Will Probably Piss You Off… Or Make You Dance

Corridos have been popular in Mexico for decades, but the sub-genre of narcocorridos has blown up over the last few years. Old folk stories have been overtaken by tales of drugs, death and vicious kingpins. And lots of those songs are graphic enough to make you go WTF!?

“El Primer Ministro” by Gerardo Ortiz

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Lyrics: “Me mantienen señalado pero no se han preguntado quien ayudara este pueblo como yo lo he ayudado. Lo recalco y lo repito y bien queda confirmado que seguire trabajando contra el poder del estado, esta no es una amenaza es un echo y lo he logrado.”

Translation: “I’m a marked man but they don’t ask themselves who will help this town the way I’ve helped it. I’ll reiterate it and repeat it – I’ll keep working against the power of the state. This isn’t a threat, it’s a fact and I’ve already done it.”

Ortiz pens an ode to Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán as if he is truly the Robin Hood of Sinaloa, Mexico.

“La Gallina de los Huevos” by Gonzalo Peña

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Lyrics: “Los errores de los grandes siempre ha sido una mujer.”

Translation: “The mistakes made by the greats always involve a woman.”

Once the news broke that actress Kate del Castillo was in contact with El Chapo, you knew a corrido was on its way. Gonzalo Peña’s corrido, “La Gallina de los Huevos,” says women are usually the downfall of great men. Excuse me? Women and del Castillo shouldn’t be blamed for every big mistake men make! Smuggling drugs is a HUGE mistake. And, Mr. Peña, there are lots of people who would disagree with your assertion that El Chapo is a “great man.”  In an interview with CNN, Peña says the song is a tribute to del Castillo for taking a big risk and meeting with El Chapo.

“Estrategias de Escape” by El Komander

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Lyrics: “Si el Señor no escapa háganlos pedazos disparen con rabia no pueden fallar.”

Translation: “If el Señor doesn’t escape, turn them into pieces, fire with rage, because you can’t fail.”

El Komander might just be the king of narcocorridos. Several states in Mexico have banned him from performing which led him take a hiatus from music in 2014. In one of his biggest songs, El Komander tells a story about El Chapo escaping authorities.

“El Corrido de la Barbie” by Roberto Tapia

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Lyrics: “Para la mafia valor, pal enemigo balazos, pa cerebro es el negocio, pa las mujeres mis brazos, el costal pa los billetes, Colombia pal polvo blanco.”

Translation: “For the mafia, bravery. For enemies, bullets. Business is for the brain. For women, my arms. A bag for money and Colombia for cocaine.”

Tapia just gets straight to the point in these lyrics – women in la Barbie’s arms, trips to Colombia for cocaine and bullets for his enemies. Cartel kingpin “La Barbie” also made headlines as one of the highest-ranking U.S. citizens in El Chapo’s cartel. After breaking away from El Chapo and becoming his nemesis, La Barbie was arrested and extradited to the U.S.

“El Toro Pesado” by Grupo Exterminador

“El Más Bravo de los Bravos” by Los Tucanes de Tijuana

“Los Sanguinarios del M1” by Movimiento Alterado

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Lyrics: “Van y hacen pedazos, a gente a balazos, rafagas continuas, que no se terminan, cuchillo afilado, cuerno atravezado, para degollar.

Translation: “They turn people into pieces with bullets, continuous blasts of gunfire that never stop, a sharpened knife across an AK-47, ready to behead.”

The Movimiento Alterado crew had no reservations about using a song to describe graphic violence. After all, the song is about a group of “bloodthirsty” hitmen who worked for Manuel Torres Felix, aka El M1. Torture, beheadings – it’s all referenced with delight in “Los Sanguinarios del M1.”

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Meet DannyLux: The Chicano Teen Giving Corridos A Beatles-Esque Update


Meet DannyLux: The Chicano Teen Giving Corridos A Beatles-Esque Update

As corridos are making a comeback, Mexican-American singer DannyLux is reinventing them with a Beatles-influenced twist. Inspired by the classic rock group from the ’60s and ’70s, his atmospheric corridos are something to behold. Today, the teen released a new collection of songs in his Love</3 EP. In an interview with Latido Music, DannyLux talks about his breakthrough on TikTok, working with Chicano act Eslabón Armado, and the future of corridos.

DannyLux’s first guitar was picked up from the trash.

DannyLux plays the guitar in all his songs. The Palm Springs native was put on the path of music thanks to his dad’s job. When he was a kid, his dad drove garbage trucks and would often take some good finds home. One of those finds would be DannyLux’s first guitar.

“One day [my dad] got like an old guitar and he found it and brought it to me,” DannyLux tells mitú. “He showed me the guitar and I was just like star-struck with the guitar.”

DannyLux’s corridos are inspired by classic rock bands like The Eagles.

DannyLux learned to play guitar with a local church choir. When he was growing up, his dad would listen to classic rock bands like The Eagles. “I feel like that kind of inspired my own style mixed with what’s hitting right now: corridos,” DannyLux says. In the past few years, the Gen-Z generation has revived the corrido. Acts like Natanael Cano, Ivonne Galaz, T3R Elemento, and Eslabón Armado all have refreshed the genre.

“I always wanted to start something new, like a new wave,” DannyLux says. “I don’t want to keep doing what everyone’s already doing. I like it when there’s like uniqueness to somebody. I don’t want to sound like anybody else.”

DannyLux received his first big break through TikTok.

Like today’s teens, the 17-year-old singer started out by performing his music on TikTok.

“People have really been supportive of my music,” DannyLux says. “I haven’t gotten as much hate as I thought.” One of those people is Pedro Tovar, the singer from Eslabón Armado. DannyLux big breakthrough came last year when he featured on the group’s “Jugaste y Sufrí.” It turns out that was a DannyLux composition.

“Pedro found me through TikTok,” DannyLux says. “I covered one of his songs. Randomly he texted me one day if I wanted to be on his next album. I was so excited. I was so happy that day. We went on a Facetime call and I showed him some of the songs that I had written. I show him the one that we did and he liked it. Like I just finished it that night and we recorded it at a studio.”

DannyLux’s Love</3 EP has all the feels.

DannyLux released his debut album Falsos Sentimientos in January. He continues to flex his rock corrido sound with a bit more romance in the Love</3 EP. That’s best encompassed with the breezy lead single “Mi Otra Mitad.”

“On the cover art it says ‘Love,’ but in the reflection of water, there’s a broken heart,” DannyLux says. “That’s basically like two sides of love. There’s a good side and a heartbroken side.”

The Beatles influence is strong in “Tristeza y Traicion.”

A stunner on the EP is “Tristeza y Traicion.” This one definitely falls under the heartbroken category. The song opens with a Beatles-like intro before Danny riffs off into corridos with his guitar.

“When I was little, my favorite band actually was the Beatles,” DannyLux says. “The first song I would ever sing in front of people was ‘Let it Be.’ I think the Beatles really inspired my music too. Their style, I just like adapted some stuff.”

DannyLux’s corridos are a vibe and the future of the genre.

There are corridos verdes. There’s corridos tumbados. Now with DannyLux, there are alternative corridos. He’s hoping to change the face of his genre with his psychedelic spin. The reggae-influenced “Nuestro Pasado” is another beautiful example of the risks that he’s taking with corridos.

“When people think of corridos, people automatically think of people talking about drugs in their songs,” DannyLux says. “With my music, I feel like it’s just calmer. You can listen to it and just like be vibing to it. Even if it’s my sad songs, you can still be vibing to those.”

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C. Tangana Goes Corrido with Carin León in “Cambia!”


C. Tangana Goes Corrido with Carin León in “Cambia!”

Spanish rapper C. Tangana went full pop star on his new album El Madrileño with the help of today’s Latin music superstars. The standout among the collaborations-loaded LP is his corrido “Cambia!” with rising regional Mexican music artists Carin León and Adriel Favela.

C. Tangana rounded up the best Latin music acts for El Madrileño.

To break out of his European bubble, C. Tangana enlisted Latino legends like José Feliciano, Jorge Drexler, and Andrés Calmaro as featured artists on El Madrileño. He also used this album as a platform to highlight the up-and-coming Latin acts like León and Favela.

“Cambia!” is a show-stopping corrido.

“Cambia!” was written by C. Tangana, León, Favela, and his longtime producer Alizzz. León is most known for his Sierreño cover of “,” one of the most played regional Mexican music songs on Spotify last year. Favela came up through the corridos tumbados record label Rancho Humilde.

It’s a majestic journey of emotions for C. Tangana as he enters the world of the Mexican corrido with León and Favela. A cute moment on “Cambia!” is when the Spanish artist lets out a little grito of his own. León’s grito roars right behind his. His collaborators refer to him by his nickname “Puchito.” C. Tangana rolls with the punches in this powerful, Euro-pop corrido.

Every song on El Madrileño was released with a visual. The video for “Cambia!” features people being driven around Madrid in a taxi. Among the folks are a few children and a drag performer who changes into their dress in the backseat.

Other rising stars who C. Tangana worked with on El Madrileño are Mexican folk singer Ed Maverick and Chicano pop star Omar Apollo. He has four Latin Grammys to his name for co-writing Rosalía’s El Mal Querer album with her.

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