Essay about Narco Corridos the History Behind the Glorified Narcos

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Narcocorridos:
Giving Mexican-American Youth a Sense of Cultural Identity in the US
Victor Guzman
Psych 141-1979

Con cuernos de chivo y basuca en la nuca/ Equipped with guns and bazookas Volando cabezas al que se atraviesa/ Heads fly of those who stand in the way Somos sanguinarios locos bien ondeados /we shed blood, crazy in the head Nos gusta matar / we like to kill

Pa dar levantotes somos los mejores /we’re the best ones to get the job done Siempre en caravana toda mi plebada /always on caravans with all my people Bien empecherados blindados / bullet-proof vested Y listos para ejecutar/ and ready to execute

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Si a mí también me gustan porque / I like them as well beacuse en ellos se canta la pura verdad / through them we sing about truth Pues ponlos pues, orale ahi va. / Listen to them, here it goes.

Soy el jefe de jefes señores,/ I am the chief of chiefs, men me respetan a todos niveles,/ They respect me at all levels y mi nombre y mi fotografía,/ and my name and my photograph nunca van a mirar en papeles/ they will never see in the newspapers porque a mi el periodista me quiere/ because journalists like me y si no mi amistad se la pierde./ and if they don’t they lose my friendship.

This song is called El Jefe de Jefes, or the Chief of Chiefs. The first stanza is told from the perspective of the singers, and the second stanza is told from the perspective of the drug lord whom the song is about. In the case of this song, the drug lord is Amado Carrillo Fuentes, a drug trafficker from Sinaloa, Mexico who was also known as “El Senor de los Cielos” or the “Lord of the Skies” (Wald 59). He got this nickname because of the fleet of jets that he owned and operated in his transportation of drugs as the leader of the Juarez Cartel (Quinones 71). Not once during the song do the Tigers of the North mention Amado’s name in the lyrics, but they refer to his watching over others from higher altitudes, which alludes to his nickname of “Lord of the Skies.” The goal of the song is not to glorify the drug lords that they

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