Mexico’s office of radio, TV, and film in the Secretary of Government issued a statement denying that it “censored” the song.
But the band members disagree. "They have to explain to us the reason for this censorship," Tigres leader Jorge Hernandez was quoted as saying in the Los Angeles Times. "We always sing what the people want to hear, and what the people are living.”
Throughout Los Tigres decades-long tenure, which has garnered them Grammy recognition and fans across the US, narcocorridos have been part of their repertoire. The genre is not just condemned by the government, but by many citizens who feel it begets more violence.
As the Monitor reported in April of last year, narcocorridos have also put their creators in danger – as the “messenger” themselves have too often become targets of rival drug gangs.
At the time, I spoke to Julio Preciado, a well-known banda singer in Mazatlan on the Pacific coast, who once penned narcocorridos. But in the current climate of violence in Mexico, he rethought his career. “I stopped out of respect to my family,” he said from his tour bus, after a concert in Mazatlan that touched on themes of love and unrequited love instead of drug violence.