The World Loves Corridos Tumbados. In Mexico, It’s Complicated.

The popularity of “corridos tumbados” in Mexico has sparked both excitement and controversy over the lyrical content of this music genre. Similar to the ongoing debate in the United States over the real-life implications of rap lyrics, the lyrics of “corridos tumbados” often depict the drug trade, its violence, and its spoils.

Historically, the imagery of drug kingpins has been a recurring theme in popular hip-hop music, from N.W.A to Jay-Z and Rick Ross. The glamorization of the drug trade has remained a cultural and political battleground, with some arguing that it glorifies criminal activity. This debate has continued into the 21st century with subgenres like trap and drill.

At a recent concert by Peso Pluma, a popular artist in the “corridos tumbados” genre, fans expressed their enthusiasm for his music despite the controversy. Oliver Medrano, attending the show with his 9-year-old daughter Sofía, had to give up their seats close to the stage due to protests from the girl’s mother over the war-driven lyrics in Peso Pluma’s songs. Despite concerns about security, Medrano felt confident enough to ask fellow concert-goers to watch his daughter while he briefly left to use the restroom.

In another instance, 12-year-old Leonardo Manuel attended the show with his aunt Elizabeth Rubí Cruz, who works at a jewelry store. She noted a high demand for Cuban-style chains, attributing it to the influence of Peso Pluma’s fashion sense. However, the controversial lyrics of the songs, such as “Lady Gaga” which depicts a dealer hanging out with influencers, have sparked debate and reflection on the implications of such content.

Graciela Flores, a professor at the Universidad Autónoma de Coahuila, organized events focused on “corridos tumbados” at her university, which drew overwhelming attendance. The songs have moved people to share their experiences of daily violence in their communities, prompting valuable yet disturbing conversations.

The ongoing debate surrounding the lyrical content of “corridos tumbados” reflects the broader societal and cultural implications of artistic expression, as well as the complex relationship between music, violence, and social issues in Mexico.

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