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Peso Pluma’s unique style: What are corridos tumbados?

2023-11-08T20:27:23+00:00
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  • What are corridos tumbados?
  • Learn about Peso Pluma’s signature style.
  • How has TikTok made these songs popular?

Over the past few months, the name Peso Pluma has been everywhere and his music is a huge success.

Hassan Emilio Kabande Laija, better known as Peso Pluma, is mainly known for singing corridos tumbados.

However, it’s worth noting that the young artist also excels in musical genres like reggaeton, Latin trap and even pop.

One of his biggest hits, ‘Ella Baila Sola,’ is a blend of genres, and perhaps that’s why it resonated so well with audiences.

What are corridos tumbados?

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First and foremost, it should be stated that corridos tumbados originated in Mexico and are defined as a subgenre of regional Mexican music.

One of their main characteristics is that they can be sung, recited and even danced to. They began gaining popularity in 2020.

These songs merge the sounds of regional Mexican music with urban music, according to Los 40.

They are said to be a variant of traditional Mexican corridos with elements of hip-hop and all that it entails.

Some corridos tumbados contain explicit content

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Another distinguishing feature of corridos tumbados is their description of violent acts, weapons and explicit content.

Unlike other genres, the bass and guitar take center stage in this music. It’s a unique sound.

No one could have imagined a collaboration between Peso Pluma and Argentinian producer Bizarrap, would be such a massive success.

Here, instruments like charcheta and tololoche were fused with bombo legüero and guitarra criolla. A treat for music enthusiasts.

What are the unique features of this genre?

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In an interview with El País, music expert Óscar Adame spoke about corridos tumbados.

«They have the musical particularities of the corrido, but they take influences from the north, from the regional, combining them with reggaeton, trap and urban music,» he explained.

Adame added, «It is a clash of regional music with urban culture,» he said.

In a conversation with El Escorpión Dorado, Peso Pluma stated that, at that time, he was making «music of the future.»

Peso Pluma didn’t invent this style

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Before moving on, it’s important to clarify one thing: Peso Pluma didn’t invent corridos tumbados, although he did help make them more popular.

Corridos have been passed down through generations and are particularly popular in northern Mexico.

They cover all kinds of topics, from rural life and Mexican history to love and heartbreak. Nothing is off-limits here.

Over time, they evolved into what is now known as corridos tumbados, with the aim of bringing regional music to a younger audience.

TikTok has helped this music gain popularity

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Finally, it’s worth highlighting the significant role TikTok has played in the popularity of corridos tumbados in Mexico and across Latin America.

According to Público, more than 80% of people discover new music thanks to this social network.

Journalist Vanessa Romo recently commented that this style of music, which was previously rejected by many, is now considered avant-garde.

The question many are asking is whether corridos tumbados will eventually replace reggaeton, which has dominated in recent years. Will that day come soon?

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