A Documentary Uncovers the Man Behind the Inspiration of the Game’s ‘El Chapo’ (Video)

With just two days until the Game’s The Documentary 2 arrives in the form of Disc One, the excitement is at a fever pitch. A slew of leaked songs, promotional singles, and news of the double album’s track list have made this one of the most highly anticipated projects of the year, if not the decade. That’s how long it’s been since the Compton MC released his debut, The Documentary, and while he has dropped a handful of successful albums in between, none have carried the weight of this month’s arrival.  Late last month, a leaked track produced by Bangladesh and Skrillex made the rounds online, grabbing the attention of Heads for several reasons, one of which is the Game’s bilingual lyrics (the song is not listed in the album’s official track listing). Called “El Chapo,” the hot-as-fire cut is an homage to a Mexican drug lord, both in title and content. In fact, El Chapo is mentioned in dozens of Rap tracks, making him one of the most influential characters in recent Hip-Hop storytelling.

Joaquín Archivaldo Guzmán Loera made headlines earlier this year for executing a successful prison escape – his second of its kind – which allowed him to return to his reign as the head of a Mexican drug cartel. Nicknamed ‘El Chapo’ for his short stature, his reputation as the head of the Sinaloa Cartel belies his height, which didn’t prevent him from reaching the dubious honor of being called “the most powerful drug trafficker in the world” by the United States Treasury. He has even landed on the tops of Forbes lists thanks to his exorbitant power.

Now that he’s been on the run since his July 11 escape, his career of mythic proportions has taken on a heightened level of interest, even becoming the subject of a documentary aired on the Fusion channel entitled “El Chapo: CEO of Crime.” The nearly 45-hour program documents his “unlikely rise from poor Mexican boy” to infamy. It begins in Chicago, where Loera is “Public Enemy Number One,” according to the city’s Crime Commission. However, the film quickly introduces Loera’s nationwide control and interviews with government officials and journalists are spliced in between footage of El Chapo. Contributors discuss the cartel’s means of operations, which includes a vast system of underground tunnels, the infiltration of the postal service, and other ingenious methods. The film even includes the former President of Guatemala, under whose reign El Chapo was captured following his first escape from prison. Check out the film in its entirety here to learn more about the man behind the myth who inspired the Game to rap in Spanish.

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