Reports from The Arizona Republic reveal that Peso Pluma, the renowned Génesis singer, has received menacing threats from alleged members of a Mexican cartel ahead of his much-anticipated October 14 concert at Estadio Caliente in Tijuana. These chilling death threats took the form of banners strategically placed throughout the city, bearing the ominous signature of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel. In a translated message, the cartel conveyed, “This message is for Peso Pluma: abstain from appearing on October 14, as it will mark your final performance due to your disrespect and unguarded tongue. Should you defy this warning, the consequences will be dire.”
According to Punto Norte, a local Tijuana news outlet, four of these banners were discovered suspended from bridges within the Mexican city. Furthermore, law enforcement detained a 43-year-old individual in possession of one of these threatening banners.
Newsound has initiated contact with representatives of Peso Pluma in hopes of acquiring their comments and additional information regarding this distressing situation.
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Peso Pluma, who ascended to stardom this year with the chart-topping single “Ella Baila Sola,” stands as a prominent figure among a new wave of young artists propelling regional Mexican music onto the global stage. While he embraces the traditional Mexican ballads known as corridos, Pluma possesses a distinctive prowess in corridos tumbados – a contemporary, hip-hop-influenced variation of this genre – and narcocorridos, a subgenre delving into the drug trade and violence that spans several decades.
In a recent article by Isabelia Herrera discussing the surge of regional Mexican music, she articulates:
“‘Gávilan II,’ featured on ‘Génesis,’ is a purebred narcocorrido where Pluma and his collaborator, Tito Double P, adopt the personas of Sinaloa Cartel members. They brazenly display their FN SCAR rifles, narrate the disposal of their adversaries’ bodies into mass graves, and even recount the Battle of Culiacán, a thwarted military operation to capture Ovidio Guzmán López, the son of the notorious drug lord Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán. Their verses rekindle memories of standing up to defend the kingpin’s progeny, even making explicit references to the Guzmán family.”
Among Peso Pluma’s repertoire, tracks like “El Bélicon” and “Siempre Pendientes” are widely interpreted as dedications to the Sinaloa Cartel. Although he hasn’t publicly claimed direct involvement, Pluma has suggested that some musicians receive payment from cartel leaders to compose narcocorridos in their favor.
It’s noteworthy that the Jalisco New Generation Cartel ranks as the second most formidable drug cartel in Mexico, following closely behind the Sinaloa Cartel. Earlier this year, Grupo Arriesgado, a narcocorrido band believed to have ties to the Sinaloa Cartel, faced similar threats from the Jalisco New Generation Cartel before a scheduled Tijuana concert, ultimately leading to its cancellation.
Peso Pluma, fresh from his performance at the 2023 MTV Video Music Awards, announced his Tijuana concert back in July. Recently, he has had to postpone shows in Indiana, Illinois, and Wisconsin, citing “unforeseen circumstances.”
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Threats to Peso Pluma’s Tijuana Concert
Q: What is the nature of the threats against Peso Pluma before his Tijuana concert?
A: The threats against Peso Pluma before his Tijuana concert are death threats written on banners and attributed to the Jalisco New Generation Cartel. These banners were placed across the city of Tijuana, warning Peso Pluma to refrain from performing on October 14. The cartel cited his alleged disrespect and outspokenness and ominously hinted at dire consequences if he were to defy their warning.
Q: How many banners with threats were discovered in Tijuana, and were there any arrests made in connection to them?
A: Four threatening banners were found strategically placed on bridges throughout Tijuana. In connection to these banners, law enforcement arrested a 43-year-old man who was found in possession of one of them.
Q: Can you tell me more about Peso Pluma and his music?
A: Peso Pluma gained prominence this year with his hit single “Ella Baila Sola.” He is part of a new generation of artists who are introducing regional Mexican music to a global audience. His music spans traditional Mexican ballads known as corridos, as well as corridos tumbados, which are contemporary and hip-hop-influenced, and narcocorridos, a subgenre that delves into the drug trade and violence. One of his songs, “Gávilan II,” from the album “Génesis,” is a pure narcocorrido where he and his collaborator, Tito Double P, take on the personas of Sinaloa Cartel members, vividly narrating their experiences and even referencing the Guzmán family, including the notorious drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán.
Q: What is the significance of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel, and have there been similar incidents involving other artists?
A: The Jalisco New Generation Cartel is considered the second most powerful drug cartel in Mexico, following closely behind the Sinaloa Cartel. Earlier in the year, Grupo Arriesgado, a narcocorrido band believed to be affiliated with the Sinaloa Cartel, faced similar threats from the Jalisco New Generation Cartel, resulting in the cancellation of their Tijuana concert.
Q: Has Peso Pluma responded to these threats, and what is the current status of his concerts?
A: As of now, there is no information regarding Peso Pluma’s response to the threats. He recently performed at the 2023 MTV Video Music Awards but had to postpone several concerts in Indiana, Illinois, and Wisconsin due to “unforeseen circumstances.”