Culiacán, Sinaloa, Mexico is known as the capital of the corrido, or Marco-corridos, in Mexico. With many famous Norteño And Banda groups coming out of this small city in Mexico, many write famous and powerful ballads to the drug lords that have been in control of Culiacán for decades. Culiacán had already been known for its “narco infested” streets and “narco culture” that thrived in the city, however, no one thought much of it until October 17, 2019, the day the son of Joaquin “el Chapo Guzmán’s son, Ovidio Guzmán López, got captured by the Mexican National Guard. Also known as “Black Thursday,” the city of Culiacán and all of the members pertaining to the Sinaloa cartel brought the power of the cartel down onto the Mexican authorities and single-handedly took the down the national guard to free their prince from captivity.
After seeing this, the world could not ignore the immense power that cartels, specifically the Sinaloa cartel, has over the people and the government in Mexico. Instead of people fighting against the cartels, many musicians and artistic composed songs memorizing this day and glorifying the actions that the Sinaloa cartel made on this day, such as “Soy El Raton” by Código FN. This song became a very popular hit in both the United States and Mexico as it has had over 77 million reproductions on Spotify alone. Other Marco-corridos, such as “JGL” by Luis R Conriquez, “El Fugitivo” by Grupo Arriesgado, are songs that have gained a lot of popularity amongst the youth and adults in Mexico for their glorification of the narco lifestyle and culture that the Sinaloa cartel imposes in Culiacán.
Not only has this type of violence and power affected the city of Culiacán, but it has also influenced other cartels to react in the same manner whenever one of their leaders gets captured in hopes that they have the same success as their rivals. The Nueva Generación Jalisco Cartel had the same reaction when one of their head bosses got captured by bringing not just one city to flames but multiple cities throughout Mexico until their leader was freed. Many people think narco-corridos are just songs that people listen to when they have a drink or at a party, but many do not realize the power and influence that this type of culture gives to cartels in Mexico. Cartels began to fill invincible and now think they can act however they wish without any repercussions. In January of 2023, Ovidio Guzmán López was successfully captured but it was not an easy task. After hearing their leader was captured, the Sinaloa Cartel brought hell onto the city of Culiacán but failed to save their prince a second time.