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Narcocorridos : Music to Mexican Drug Lords’ Ears

Narcocorridos : Music to Mexican Drug Lords Ears

Illustration: Matt Taylor

Tubas and accordions, guns and cocaine. Welcome to the weird, violent world of narcocorridos, songs about and for Mexico’s drug lords. The performers aren’t the first musicians to identify with outlaws. But unlike the works of Johnny Cash or Biggie Smalls, the songs belted out by the cantantes de narcocorridos are often commissioned by cartel chiefs themselves. “They sound like country singers and function like the wedding singer from The Godfather,” says music writer Elijah Wald, who tracks the movement. Here are some of los más famosos. Check out their hokey paeans to criminal mayhem on YouTube, but be careful—the quality is as uneven as cheap blow.

El Movimiento Alterado
A supergroup whose slick video “Sanguinarios del M1″ is a shout-out to a Sinaloa cartel chief with an accordion-backed chant of “We like to kill.” Three million YouTube views and counting.
Sample Lyrics
“Con un cuerno de chivo / y bazuka en la nuca / volando cabezas / al que se atraviesa” (With an AK / and a bazooka taking aim / blowing off the heads / of whoever gets in the way)

Los Tucanes de Tijuana
So mainstream they wrote for the Ministry of Tourism and got Grammy noms; so mob-friendly they’re banned in their namesake city.
Sample Lyrics
“Con un R-15 en mano / y un morral con granadas / en cada pierna una escuadra / y su chaleco de maya / todo vestido de negro / listo para la batalla” (With an R-15 in hand / and a satchel of grenades / a pistol on each leg / and a bulletproof vest / dressed in black / ready for battle)

Mario “El Cachorro” Delgado
His videos satirize cartel violence, replacing AKs with Super Soakers.
Sample Lyrics
“Su cartel ya lo conocen / le llaman La Vecindad / los contrarios por envidia / lo han querido asesinar / pero el ‘8′ no está solo / su gente sabe trozar” (His cartel is well-known / it’s called La Vecindad / His jealous enemies / want to take him out / but “8″ isn’t alone / his people are killers, too)

Chuy Quintanilla
This ex-police commander celebrates the thugs he once chased.
Sample Lyrics
“Por ahí se oyen las metrallas / ya no es tanta la violencia / Todo está bien controlado / Señores hagan conciencia / Hora que ya tomó el mando El Señor Tony Tormenta” (You can hear the machine guns / but now the violence isn’t so bad / Everything is under control / Be careful / now that Tony Tormenta is in charge)

Sergio “El Shaka” Vega
In June, Vega was gunned down in his red Cadillac — one of at least eight singers killed since 2007.
Sample Lyrics
“Guerrilleros, traficantes / también revolucionarios / Dos pistoleros famosos / cuentan que ahí se juntaron. / Y muchas viejas valientes / muy elegantes llegaron.” (Warriors, smugglers / revolutionaries, too / Two famous gunslingers / tell of their fight / and many elegant women came to watch)

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Drew Barrymore’s Got a New Boyfriend

Drew Barrymore’s Got a New Boyfriend

Cute guy! Which means Justin Long‘s out of the picture, at least for now. Drew Barrymore‘s moved on to a new man and his name is Will Kopelman. He’sa 33-year-old art consultant (and also the younger dude in the relationship) with fashionable antecedents. His father, Arie Kopelman, used to be the CEO for Chanel… how posh.

Apparently the two of them were making out at a Dewar’s event earlier this month, but apparently Kopelman’s a bit of, “a socialite type and a playboy.” Watch your back, Drew! But our favorite flower child seems to be taking it nice and easy with her new man, so we aren’t that worried. Sources say, “They’re taking things slowly. They’ve been getting to know each other a lot better these last few weeks.” Guess, we’ll have to wait and see how serious this gets, but aren’t they totally pretty together?

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UMB exec expects growth this year



The Wichita Eagle

Bill Greiner, the man BusinessWeek magazine calls the “sage of Kansas City,” expects 2011 to be a year of economic growth.

But the chief investment officer of UMB Financial Corp.’ s Scout Investments told several hundred UMB clients and business people at the Hyatt Regency Wichita on Tuesday morning that he expects inflation to increase and the unemployment
rate to remain high.

Greiner said he expects the 2011 real gross domestic product to fall somewhere between 2.9 percent and 3.5 percent.

The high end of his GDP forecast would mean “reasonable job growth,” he said.

Real GDP in 2010 was 2.9 percent, up from negative 2.6 percent in 2009.

Greiner said he thinks this year’s GDP will be primarily driven by a 10 percent increase in capital spending by businesses.

“Corporations’ balance sheets are extremely liquid,” he said. “That’s probably going to be a significant catalyst for growth.”

With continued growth comes the likelihood of rising inflation.

“We think inflationary pressure is truly starting to build,” Greiner said, adding that he expects annualized consumer price index inflation to be somewhere between 1.5 and 2 percent by the end of the year.

Unemployment will remain high, ending the year at 9 percent, Greiner said.

Greiner also expects in 2011:

* Consumption expenditures will be between 2.6 and 3.1 percent.

* The federal funds rate — the rate at which banks sell and buy funds at the wholesale level — will end the year between 0.2 and 0.5 percent. It currently is 0.12 percent.

* Housing starts will total 100,000. The total would be skewed toward multifamily units because of rising default and foreclosure rates, Greiner said, since “those people, when they get kicked out of their houses, need someplace to live.”

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Bridget Moynahan Co-Parents With Ex Tom Brady

Bridget Moynahan Co-Parents With Ex Tom Brady

Wednesday February 23, 2011

Bridget Moynahan Co Parents With Ex Tom BradyBRIDGET Moynahan says she and her ex-partner Tom Brady work together to create a loving family for their son.

The model-and-actress gave birth to three-year-old John, who is known as ‘Jack’, in August 2007, eight months after she split from the NFL player — who is now married to supermodel Gisele Bundchen, with whom he raises a 14-month-old son Benjamin with.

Despite the complexities of her and Tom’s relationship, Bridget insists everyone works together to give ‘Jack’ the best home life possible.

“My son has two loving parents and an extended family, whether it’s cousins or stepmothers or boyfriends. My son is surrounded by love,” Bridget told America’s More magazine.

“I have never made a comment about Gisele or Tom publicly. I have a relationship with these people on a daily basis.”

Although the 39-year-old beauty is happy with her current parenting set-up, she admits she would have preferred to have had a child while in a committed relationship

“No girl grows up dreaming of being a single mom,” she said. “But there’s not a second I regret having a child on my own.”

Bridget also revealed she is very happy with her new man, Charlie’s Angels director McG — real name Joseph McGinty Nichol.

“He’s witty, he’s smart, he’s incredibly funny, he’s got incredible taste, and he comes from a great family,” she said.

“He’s the salt of the earth but also very successful in the crazy business that we’re in. And he and Jack have a great relationship.”

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