A corrido about Iván Archivaldo Guzmán Salazar by Fuerza Regida and Peso Pluma sparks real-world consequences

Lyrics in Fuerza Regida and Peso Pluma's song about the Sinaloa Cartel incite threats from rival CJNG and result in canceled shows.

Californian band Fuerza Regida, renowned for their corrido ballads often referencing the Sinaloa Cartel, recently teamed up with singer Peso Pluma. Their new track, “Igualito a mi Apa,” delves once more into the life of Iván Archivaldo Guzmán Salazar, the eldest son of Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán. Issued on January 27, 2023, the song has garnered attention for its thinly veiled allusions to the faction leader of ‘Los Chapitos.’

“You can hear ‘Me regalo su Super con cacha doradas,'” the lyrics note, referring to a weapon similar to those brandished by ‘El Chapo.’ With Iván being the firstborn and carrying his father’s middle name, the implication seems inescapable.

Fuerza Regida, the corrido group threatened by the CJNG (Photo: Infobae Mexico/ Jovani Perez)
Fuerza Regida, the corrido group threatened by the CJNG (Photo: Infobae Mexico/ Jovani Perez)

Lyrics and Locations: Culiacán Under Scrutiny

The lyrics go on to state, “Chambeo (work) in the capital of Culichi (Culiacán) a la humader.” Given that the Pacific Cartel predominantly operates in the aforementioned city, it is suspected that Guzmán Salazar, now its leader, could be hiding there.

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The song doesn’t shy away from further specifics: “In the white Suburban and the Government mock,” implying that Guzmán Salazar roams Culiacán freely despite being sought by authorities for over a decade and being on the U.S. radar for more than five years with a $10 billion bounty.

A Trend of Musical Homage and Its Consequences

This is far from the first time ‘El Chapito Mayor’ has found his way into song lyrics. Back in 2013, Código FN released “Iván el Mayor,” bearing similarities to Fuerza Regida’s latest offering. It’s speculated that the imprisoned drug lord’s son may even influence what gets penned in these musical works.

Peso Pluma canceled concert in Tijuana after being threatened (Instagram @pesoplumamx)
Peso Pluma canceled concert in Tijuana after being threatened (Instagram @pesoplumamx)

High Stakes for Artists: Canceled Shows and Threats

However, the lyrical choices of Fuerza Regida and Peso Pluma are not without repercussions. An upcoming performance in Tijuana scheduled for October 6 was canceled after alleged members of the rival Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generación issued threats against them. Peso Pluma also found himself in a similar situation, withdrawing from an October 14 appearance in the border region due to threats from the same criminal organization.

The narrative of these corrido artists treading dangerous territory with their lyrics has never been more vivid, as the consequences manifest in real-world threats and canceled events. The allure of singing about the notorious figures of the underworld clearly comes at a high cost, leaving the musicians to navigate an ever-precarious landscape.