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California's 'drug ballad' scene

While cartels makes parts of Mexico dangerous, their cultural impact is felt over the border in southern California

While cartels make parts of Mexico dangerous, their cultural impact is felt over the border in southern California

Narco-corridos, or "drug ballads" narrative songs where singers tell of imagined or real-life drug war stories.

While the songs brag about murder or other violent exploits, some who study narco-corridos say the music not unlike the gangster rap of the 1990s - reflecting violence that already exists.

Video by Matt Danzico