While many inmates have tried but probably failed, the second time’s the charm for Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, the world’s most notorious drug lord who is now at large after his July 11 prison escape. Still, it’s no new news for Hip-Hop, who has been hip to the cartel OG since his first jailbreak.
As America’s no. 1 most wanted fugitive, Guzmán is the one target that the American DEA and Mexican authorities have in common. The Sinaloa Cartel chief held that same title for the no. 2 spot on the world’s most wanted in 2008, and crept to the top spot three years later.
Lauded as the G.O.A.T. of prison escapes, Sir Chapo slipped through a tunnel from his prison cell shower, sending Mexican law enforcement into a maniacal manhunt.
While authorities scurry to capture him, VIBE cues up some of Chapo’s most notable hip-hop mentions.—Diamond Hillyer