drug cartel music.
Mexico’s narcocorrido music genre and subculture openly celebrates the most extreme aspects of the country’s drug war. The songs are filled with catchy, detailed narrations of beheadings, executions, coked-out nights, and a strangely consistent obsession with Buchanan’s whiskey. The music scene originated in the old cartel citadel of Mexico’s western Sinaloa state, and it’s an open secret that most of the artists identified with the genre are tied to the local cartel. VICE went to Mexico to talk to some of the genre’s major producers and see whether they’re as hard as their songs suggest.