The rise of Narco-Rap in Mexico

Americas Now

Singing rap songs that glorify gangsters has become a top new beat in Mexico. The musical dedications to mobsters pay well but come with a high price to your future.

Correspondent Alasdair Baverstock reports on the rise of Narco-Rap.

As Mexico’s deadly drug war continues, the Mexican government has announced that more than 33,000 residents were killed in 2018. It’s a record number. And it’s the result of competing cartels fighting for a market worth billions of dollars every year.

There’s another market important to them as well. The desire for good Public Relations has led narco-traffickers to recruit some of the best talent to speak out – or “sing out” – on their behalf.