Ay, juemadre. It looks like Peso Pluma is in trouble.
Despite him being one of the most sought-after artists now, there are people who don’t care for him – and a Mexican cartel is included among some of these people. It’s fine if it’s someone random like “Juliana Dominguez from Mississippi” as Bad Bunny would say, but when a cartel doesn’t like you, that’s when things get rough.
Before Peso Pluma made history on the stage of this year’s VMA’s, he was met with news that a banner was posted on Tijuana threatening him. The banner, which was signed by the Jalisco New Generation Cartel, warned Peso Pluma how his upcoming concert on October 14th at the Caliente Stadium in Tijuana, Mexico could be his last one.
“This goes to Peso Pluma, refrain from presenting yourself on October 14 because it will be your last show due to your disrespect and loose tongue, you show up and we are going to (break you),” the banner read in Spanish.
Mexican Cartels vs. Artistry
Born and raised in Zapopan, Mexico, Peso Pluma, whose real name is Hassan Emilio Kabande Laija, has not commented on the situation as of the writing of this article. However, in the past, he has explained his love for the genre and how it is “just music.” Peso Pluma sings a new sub-genre of corridos called “corridos tumbados.” In his music, Peso Pluma refuses to shy away from addressing how he feels, and how he sees the world.
What Has Happened
Since the threats from this Mexican cartel, several of his concerts have gotten cancelled or postponed. Many speculate this could be due to the venues fearing reprisals from the cartels.
His concerts at the Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Rosemont Theatre in Rosemont, and his show in Indianapolis have all been postponed. According to Pluma’s website, his next performance is set to be in Reno, Nevada on September 28th.
The singer’s plight highlights the chilling impact that organized crime can have on freedom of expression, not only in Mexico but globally. His struggle to perform in an atmosphere of intimidation is a stark reminder of the power that criminal organizations wield in certain regions.