USA Network’s Queen of the South has been giving its drama about a drug-dealing queen a touch of well-placed music.
The latest is a narcocorrido, simply titled “Narco Corrido” and performed by Espinoza Paz. The track tells the story of “El León de Culiacán” (The Lion of Culiacan), the character known in the show as Epifanio Vargas, a candidate for governor for the state of Sinaloa.
With music by Paz and lyrics by show staffer Ben Lobato, who is also the writer of the episode, the song narrates Vargas’ entire life, from birth through an impoverished childhood, to the death of his parents at the hands of a drug lord known as “El Cocodrilo,” and finally to his revenge and rise to power.
The song, a traditional corridor played with accordion and guitar, is radically different from the hip-hop of Snow tha Product, whose music was featured in an earlier episode. Watch the clip below.