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What Happened to “Don’t Shoot the Piano Player”? Mexican Drug Hitmen Kill Music Star

Drug Thugs in Mexico continue their murderous rampage…

Mexican Singer El Shaka Shot Dead by Drug Thugs

Just hours after Mexican singer Sergio “El Shaka” Vega denied reports he had been murdered, he was shot dead by a suspected drug crew on his way to a concert. The popular star was a Grupero or narcocorrido singer who extolled the exploits of drug barons and their crews, and was the target of threats by rival gangs. Gunmen in a truck opened fire on Vega’s red cadillac in Sinaloa state, causing the singer to crash. The thugs then “finished Vega off” with shots to his head and chest, a passenger told a Mexican newspaper.

Earlier that day, Vega, 40, denied reports he was dead. “It’s happened to me for years. Someone tells a radio station or a newspaper I’ve been killed, or suffered an accident,” he said. “Then I have to call my dear mum, who has heart trouble, to reassure her.” He said he was entrusting his fate to God. At least 7 Grupero musicians have been killed in the last 3 years by suspected drug hitmen, reports the¬†BBC.

 
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Posted by on June 28, 2010 in News

 

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Narco-Rap

Both the good and bad of American culture spreads around the world like wildfire. “Gangsta Rap” a particularly pernicious “art form” has spread not only to the streets of Mexico, but the Philippines¬†and Asia glorifying violence and the “Gangsta” lifestyle.

Narco rappers earn cred with songs of death

At first blush, there wouldn’t seem much glamour in slicing up a rival into several pieces or beheading an enemy with a home-made garrote.

But that’s not how two young Mexicans who go by the names of Cano and Blunt see the drug trade. They live in the border city of Reynosa, and to meet them we traveled to a poor, scruffy area near the city’s airport.

Cano and Blunt are not traffickers or hit-men. They are rappers who make their living busting rhymes for the guys with the biggest guns.

Their music — they themselves refer to it as narco-rap — glamorizes the killings, the ‘capos’ and the camaraderie of fighting the drug war against the army and the “federales.”

Alejandro Coronado (Cano) and Mauro Vasquez (Blunt) are both in their 20s, both shaven headed. Both used to work in a U.S.-owned assembly plant making auto parts.

But times have changed. Now they have a luxury SUV, female fans and street cred.

Cano and Blunt’s first hit, “Reynosa Maldosa” (roughly translated as Reynosa the Bad Town) charted the growing levels of drug-related violence in this city of 500,000.

“Reynosa the bad town. A s***-load of bad guys, full of mafiosos. The streets are dangerous,” it goes. And it’s instantly catchy. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 23, 2010 in News

 

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