Sinaloa Cartel’s El Nini and Peso Pluma’s relationship mentioned by Mini Lic in an interview

As Peso Pluma achieves global stardom, allegations surface about his potential ties to Mexico's organized crime, casting a shadow on his career.

In a whirlwind of allegations, Hassan Emilio Kabande Laija, the renowned Mexican singer and cornerstone of the Peso Pluma project, finds himself in treacherous waters. Threatened by the Jalisco Cartel – New Generation (CJNG) to not perform in Tijuana, the subsequent rumors linking him to rival factions have only intensified.

Confirmation of these ties comes from an incarcerated kingpin who’s spoken out against the singer’s alliances.

Peso Pluma: An Artist and His Influences

Renowned internationally for his unique “corrido tumbado” tracks, Peso Pluma has, according to an interview between “Mini Lic” and journalist Anabel Hernández for Milenio, cultivated relationships within the realm of organized crime, particularly the narcotics trade.

Peso Pluma continues to be at the pinnacle of success. Credit: Official Instagram
Peso Pluma continues to be at the pinnacle of success. Credit: Official Instagram

“…Sometimes musicians think they are something else (narcos) and do not understand that there is a barrier, that they are musicians, and others are politicians or drug traffickers”, said the drug trafficking specialist Hernández.

A figure of particular interest in Peso Pluma‘s circle is Néstor Isidro Pérez Salas, colloquially known as “El Nini”. Serving as one of the key security personnel for Los Chapitos – a group comprising Joaquín Guzmán Loera’s offspring, who are on the DEA’s most-wanted list – Pérez Salas’s association with the singer is believed to be more than just casual.

Speculations suggest that in return for performing for “El Nini”, Peso Pluma may request certain favors, which range from borrowing vehicles to more ominous demands.

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Anabel Hernández interviewed Mini Lic. Credit: Cuartoscuro
Anabel Hernández interviewed Mini Lic. Credit: Cuartoscuro

The Dangerous Line Many Singers Walk

It’s not just Peso Pluma who’s under scrutiny. Several musicians have allegedly had affiliations with Mexican cartels, and such associations have often culminated in tragic ends. While many speculate that drug trafficking ties or personal indiscretions are the primary motivators behind these tragic outcomes, one thing is clear: the line between the music industry and organized crime is blurring.

Key Figures in the Spotlight

Néstor Isidro Pérez-Salas: The Man Behind “El Nini”

  • A hefty 3 million pesos reward from New York authorities hangs over his head.
  • Not only is he sought by the DEA for numerous charges, including conspiracy to traffic fentanyl, but he also oversees a formidably armed division of over 100 hitmen for “Los Chapitos.”
He is head of security for "Los Chapitos". Credit: DEA
He is head of security for “Los Chapitos”. Credit: DEA

Hassan Emilio Kabande Laija: The Face of Peso Pluma

  • Born on June 15, 1999, in Zapopan, Jalisco, the 24-year-old is the epitome of the Corrido Tumbado genre’s success.
  • With a staggering nine songs featured in the Billboard Hot 100 and collaborations with leading artists like Natanael Cano and Karol G, his influence is undeniable. However, recent threats from the Jalisco Cartel New Generation in Tijuana have cast a shadow over his achievements.
He is one of the most famous singers of the Corrido Tumbado genre. Credit: Official Instagram
He is one of the most famous singers of the Corrido Tumbado genre. Credit: Official Instagram

Damaso López Serrano: Who is the Mini-Lic?

  • The offspring of Damaso López Núñez, who managed finances for the Sinaloa Cartel during Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán’s reign.
  • After admitting to drug trafficking charges and claiming responsibility for numerous heinous crimes, “El Mini-Lic” turned state’s witness, playing a pivotal role in the prosecution of both “El Chapo” and his spouse, Emma Coronel.

In the grand tapestry of music, cartels, and crime, the threads are complex and interwoven. As the story continues to evolve, the world watches closely, waiting for the next note to drop.