Karol G’s unexpected connection to Pablo Escobar: Medellin’s untold stories

Unraveling Karol G's past, her family's connection to the Medellin Cartel, and her drive to redefine Colombia's global image.

Karol G is the most prominent woman in urban music, and her popularity is already worldwide. In fact, in a recent conversation with GQ Mexico, the singer revealed details about her childhood in Medellin, where her family had contact with the leader of the Medellin Cartel, one of the most dangerous in the world.

Pablo Escobar was one of the most lethal narcos on Colombian soil, but those born in Medellin do not have a bad memory. According to “La Bichota,” the drug trafficker “saved” his family during an economic crisis when his mother worked as a waitress in a restaurant where Escobar used to eat.

Pablo Escobar
Pablo Escobar. Source: Pinterest.

This is Karol G’s relationship with Pablo Escobar.

Karol G has never made explicit support to the drug trafficker. In fact, in an interview with TPLG Show, the urban music star stressed that her country has much more to offer than the stereotypical image of drug trafficking, drugs, and economic problems suffered by her people.

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“I love it, my country has a stereotype that the only thing we have over there is drug trafficking and drugs. And no, that era is over, you still see people talk to you about Pablo Escobar because people see him as a character and see him because he appears in a series, but in my country, it is something that caused a lot of damage,” said “La Bichota.”

Karol G
Karol G. Source: Instagram @karolg

The story of Karol G and her life experiences are reminders of the complexity and contrasts of Colombian history, as well as the commitment of artists to build a more positive and authentic image of their country. When the state is absent, these groups appear to support their community, but we all know that nothing will end well.