The Balladeers of Mexico’s Drug Wars

Shaul Schwarz—Reportage by Getty Images for TIME
Shaul Schwarz—Reportage by Getty Images for TIME
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Andres "El Macizo" Márquez, 22, performs at El Rodeo Night Club in Pico Rivera, Calif. The fast-paced narcocorridos that he plays celebrate the lives and crimes of Mexican drug lords

TIME sent photographer-filmmaker Shaul Schwarz to Los Angeles and to the Mexican border for three weeks to investigate the underworld of narco-culture and the explosive influence that the drug wars are having on music, film, television and fashion. He shows how the wars are paving the way for Latin gangsta rap.

See the story by Tim McGirk for TIME.

See TIME’s video “Narcocorridos: Singing Songs of Drug Violence”:

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