Sergio Andrade steps into the solo spotlight with a controversial song on Rafael Caro Quintero

Sergio Andrade releases a song reflecting on Rafael Caro Quintero's impact and the Guadalajara cartel's notorious legacy.

Sergio Andrade, a music producer celebrated for his collaborations with Gloria Trevi and numerous other Mexican artists, recently rocked the music world with an unexpected pivot in his career.

Instead of sticking to the norms of the music industry, Andrade opted to go solo. But it wasn’t just his decision to go solo that raised eyebrows. It was his audacious choice of subject for his debut song: a piece centered around Rafael Caro Quintero, the infamous Mexican drug trafficker and the mind behind the foundation of the Guadalajara cartel.

Caro Quintero, nicknamed "El Narco de Narcos" (The Narco of Narcos)
Caro Quintero, nicknamed “El Narco de Narcos” (The Narco of Narcos)

Delving into Rafael Caro Quintero’s Notoriety

For those unfamiliar, Rafael Caro Quintero isn’t just any name in the annals of crime. He stands alongside Miguel Angel Felix Gallardo and Ernesto Fonseca Carrillo as founders of the Guadalajara Cartel. Such was Quintero’s infamy that during the 1980s, he was often referred to by the moniker “El Narco de Narcos”, translating to “The Narco of Narcos.”

The song, aptly titled “Caro”, serves as a poignant reflection on Quintero’s life, one marked by violence and a blatant disregard for legality. This ballad doesn’t shy away from addressing the gravitas of Quintero’s actions, especially the impact on countless lives due to his drug trade.

The lyrics of the song “Caro” written by Andrade.

Original, Spanish:

¿Qué se siente tener una mansión

A costa del dolor de tanta gente?

¿Qué se siente tener un corazón

Que envenena las almas y las mentes?

¿Qué se siente por un instante ser la

Atención de un pueblo televidente?

¿Qué se siente llegar a conocer

Tan a fondo el papel de delincuente?

¿Qué se siente dormirse y al soñar

Solo ver hospitales con pacientes?

¿Qué se siente violar siempre la ley

Y quererse pasar de inteligente?

¿Qué se siente saber que en un lugar

Hay un niño quedándose inconsciente

Por pastillas que acaba de tomar

Por la hierba que tú y tu gente vende?

Caro, lo vas a pagar muy caro

Te lo digo compañero.

Hay delitos que son peores


Que los que son por dinero

Sergio Andrade

English translation:

How does it feel to have a mansion

At the expense of the pain of so many people?

How does it feel to have a heart

That poisons souls and minds?

How does it feel for an instant to be the

Attention of a watching people?

How does it feel to get to know

So thoroughly the role of a delinquent?

How does it feel to fall asleep and dream

Only to see hospitals with patients?

How does it feel to always break the law

And to pretend to be smart?

How does it feel to know that in a place

There’s a child being knocked unconscious

Because of pills he just took

Because of the weed that you and your people sell?

Expensive, you’re going to pay dearly

I’m telling you, partner.

There are crimes that are worse

Than those that are for money

Sergio Andrade

Andrade’s bold choice to pen a song critiquing Rafael Caro Quintero didn’t just mark a new chapter in his own career, but also sent ripples through the music industry, prompting both admiration and debate.