Peso Pluma has canceled his upcoming concert in Tijuana after facing threats from a notable Mexican drug cartel, Variety reports.
The Jalisco New Generation Cartel, considered by the Mexican government to be the second most powerful drug cartel in the world, warned Pluma not to perform in Tijuana earlier this month with banners placed across the city. “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),” one banner said (per The Arizona Republic). Police arrested a 43-year-old man who was in possession of one of the banners.
Pluma, who earlier this month became the first Mexican artist to perform at the MTV Video Music Awards, has helped inspire a renaissance for traditional Mexican ballads known as corridos; “Ella Baila Sola,” his collaboration with Eslabon Armado, became the first regional Mexican song in history to reach the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100. Like many artists in the genre, Pluma’s music is known to touch on drug trafficking. He has allegedly dedicated multiple songs to the Sinaloa Cartel, widely considered to be the largest and most powerful drug trafficking organization — above the Jalisco New Generation.
Pluma’s labels, Double P Records and Prajin Music Group, announced the concert’s cancellation on Instagram. “Our goal is to protect the fans and the team. For the safety of everyone involved, we will cancel our show in Tijuana,” the companies said (translated from Spanish). “Thank you so much to all our fans for understanding. We love you. Sincerely: La Doble P.”
For now, the singer’s upcoming shows in North America and Spain will go on as scheduled. Grab tickets here.