Living la Vida Coca

Singing along with the drug trade

The group with the biggest reputation among narcoculturaacts is Los Razos de Sacramento y Reynaldo, who play at JC Fandango Sunday night. Emulating the voicing (something between a howl and a screech) and dress that Sánchez employed, Los Razos have made their name as Los Reyes del Corrido Pesado (Kings of the Heavy Corrido) with songs such as "El Jodón" (The Bad-Ass Motherfucker) and "El Huevudo" (The Guy with Big Balls). In interviews, lead singer Sacramento Ramírez has frankly said the only reason his group sings corridos pesados is because that's where the money is. It's not the older generation of immigrants he wants as fans—it's their children, the ones who drive the huge trucks, are immersed in narcocultura and are the future of this nation. With corridos pesados in one culture, gangsta rap in another, and thrash metal as overlord, we can look forward to some interesting shit in the next decade.

Los Razos de Sacramento y Reynaldo perform with Eliseo Robles, Flamazo Norteño and Banda Grullo at JC Fandango, 1086 N. State College Blvd., Anaheim, (714) 758-9998. Sun., 8 p.m. $30.
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