Ídolo: The Ballad of Chalino Sánchez

4. The One Bad Song Theory

Chalino returns to Mexico and ends up in a Tijuana prison. But being behind bars leads him to discover his talent as a songwriter, and in prison he begins writing songs for local outlaws. After he is released, Chalino returns to the United States to record his first cassettes. He begins selling his music and gains popularity among Mexicans in Southern California. In this episode's theory, we ask — could Chalino have angered the wrong narco with one of his songs? 


Javier Torres and Ya Después de Muerto performed by Chalino Sánchez, appear in this episode courtesy of Craft Recordings/Concord.