Peso Pluma: The Rising Star of Regional Mexican Music

Peso Pluma's journey to fame, from his humble beginnings to collaborations with top artists, as he conquers the global music scene with his unique sound

Peso Pluma, a 23-year-old singer from Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico, has become a musical phenomenon in recent years, dethroning global artists such as Miley Cyrus and Bad Bunny. With a unique style that blends regional Mexican music with trap, corridos tumbados, and urban genres, Peso Pluma has captivated audiences worldwide.

Early Life and Musical Beginnings

Birth name: Hassan Emilio Kabande Laija
Stage name: Peso Pluma
Born: June 15, 1999, in Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico
Nationality: Mexican

Peso Pluma’s interest in music began during high school when he started playing the guitar, inspired by Mexican singer Ariel Camacho. Later, he formed a group with his cousin Roberto ‘Tito’ Laija and began composing songs.

Music Career and Rise to Fame

Peso Pluma released his first live album, “Disco en Vivo,” on February 21, 2020, followed by his debut studio album “Ah y Qué?” in April 2020. His first single, “Relajado Voy,” featuring Decreto Real, came out in October 2020, and his second live album, “Disco en Vivo Vol. 2,” was released in July 2021.

His breakthrough came in 2022 with the song “El Belicón,” a collaboration with singer Raúl Vega, which sold 480,000 copies in the United States and was certified eight times Platinum. Peso Pluma continued to gain popularity with songs such as “Sentosa,” “Siempre Pendientes,” and “AMG,” the latter earning him a spot on the Billboard Hot 100 list.

Peso Pluma’s collaborations with other artists, including Becky G, Natanael Cano, Nicki Nicole, and Ovy on the Drums, have further expanded his reach and international fame.

Record-Breaking Achievements

Peso Pluma made history as the first Mexican singer to reach the top of Spotify’s global ranking with his song “Ella baila sola,” a collaboration with Eslabón Armado. The song ousted Miley Cyrus’ single “Flowers” from the number one spot.

Peso Pluma has over 33 million monthly listeners on Spotify, surpassing well-known international artists like SZA, Karol G, Shakira, Rosalía, and Harry Styles.

Controversies and Polemics

Peso Pluma faced controversy over his single “Siempre Pendientes,” which was accused of glorifying crime due to lyrics referencing drug trafficker Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán Loera. The song was briefly removed from YouTube but was later re-uploaded.

Upcoming Tour in the United States

Peso Pluma is set to embark on a U.S. tour in the coming weeks, with performances scheduled in cities such as San Jose, Palm Desert, Rio Rancho, Fort Worth, Inglewood, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Atlanta, Nashville, El Paso, Denver, Sugar Land, Irving, Seattle, Hidalgo, San Antonio, Rosemont, Indianapolis, San Diego, and Anaheim.

The Origin of His Stage Name

In an interview with Pepe Garza, Peso Pluma revealed that his stage name was inspired by chance encounter with featherweight boxing champion Marco Antonio Barrera. The name “Peso Pluma” (featherweight in Spanish) resonated with him and his slim build; he felt it was destined to be his artistic moniker.

Peso Pluma has quickly risen to prominence in the music industry with his unique fusion of genres and captivating style. As he continues to collaborate with renowned artists and break barriers in the regional Mexican music scene, there’s no doubt that Peso Pluma is set to achieve even greater success in the years to come. Keep an eye out for this rising star as he continues to make waves on the global stage and redefine the boundaries of contemporary Mexican music.