Cartel de Santa

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Cartel de Santa
OriginSanta Catarina, Nuevo Leon, Mexico
GenresLatin hip hop, rap, Rap Metal, Gangsta Rap, Mumble rap, Trap
Years active1996–
LabelsSony Music
Associated actsC-Kan, MC Davo, Dharius, Control Machete, Mente En Blanco, Big Flow Music, Alemán
WebsiteOfficial Site for Fans
MembersMC Babo
Rowan Rabia (Mono)
DJ Agustín
Past membersDharius

Cartel de Santa is a Mexican rap group from the "barrio de la Aurora", Santa Catarina, Nuevo León, Mexico by Hector Montaño and Ronaldo Sifuentes. The band started playing in 1998 as part of the Avanzada Regia musical movement and is currently composed of Eduardo Davalos de Luna, also known as MC Babo (lead vocals), Rowan Rabia (beatmaker) and DJ Agustín (only in live shows).[1] They have been referred to as one of the most notable Mexican hip-hop artists.[2]


Cartel de Santa started playing in 1996, when MC Babo and some friends began by singing improvised rap songs.

The group became famous in 2003, when the band released its first self-titled album. The album includes hits such as "Perros", "Todas mueren por mi" and "La pelotona".[3] The album was produced by Jason Roberts[4] who had previously worked with artists such as Cypress Hill, Ice Cube, House of Pain, Guns N' Roses, Control Machete, and Plastilina Mosh. This contributed to the fame of the band.

That same year, the group released a video clip of the song "Perros". This video was broadcast across Latin America on MTV.[5]

A year later, in 2004, a new album was released, Cartel de Santa, Vol. 2, which included hits as "Blah, blah, blah", "La llamada" and "El arte del engaño".[3] Cartel de Santa Vol. 2 counted with the collaboration of other artists, such as Tego Calderón, in "Conexión Puerto Rico", and Mr. Pomel, in "Crónica Babilonia".

In 2007, Cartel de Santa recorded its third album, named Cartel de Santa, Volumen Prohibido. It included the singles "Cheka Wey" featuring female hip-hop artist Mery Dee. A few months after the album release, the lead vocalist, Babo, was arrested for the killing of a fellow band member. During a confrontation with Juan Miguel Chávez, an old rival, on the street, Babo shot a warning shot, which instead hit former band member Ulises. Eduardo Dávalos, Babo, turned himself in to the Ministerial Police of Nuevo Leon state.[6] He later wrote a song about the incident while in prison in which he expresses his regret over the killing of Ulises. The band released a compilation album, Cartel de Santa, Greatest Hits, aimed at raising funds to be used to set the vocalist free. MC Babo was liberated from prison nine months later, with help of Sony Music,[1] after the group paid about 130,000 pesos as bail.[7]

In February 2008, the band released its fourth album, Cartel de Santa, Vol IV. Some of the songs recount Babo's memories during the months he was in prison. The album was meant as a message to fans that "el Cartel" would keep making music. The first single of this album was "Hay mamita" which also has a music videoclip.[1]

In March 2010, Babo announced on the band's Myspace the release of another album. The fifth album was released in May 2010 with the name "Vol. V: Sincopa". Like their last work, Volume V showed a better sound and beats quality. Cartel de Santa was nominated for the Latin Grammys as a result of their new release.

The sixth album of the band named "Golpe Avisa" the album was released on 5 August 2014 by Sony Music Entertainment.[8]This work is the group's first studio album released after the breakup of rapper MC Dharius was announced. This is the first record where psycho rap rap. This album includes collaborations with Campa, Draw, Big Man and Millionaire. The song "Me alegro de su odio" had originally been released with the collaboration of Dharius and was released in June 2013. However, after the rapper's decision to leave the group, this subject had to be reissued to include it in the album. This reissued theme was never released as a single.

On 3 October 2016 Cartel released his seventh album "Viejo Marihuano", with the single "Mucha Marihuana" and "Soy Quien soy". It was published by Babilonia Music, S.A. De C.V.[9][10]In 2017 this work earned him the gold record in Mexico with 100,000 copies sold[11].


In April 2007, El Babo turned himself in to Mexican police officials claiming that he accidentally shot and killed his fellow band member. While at a house in Santa Catarina, Nuevo León, MC Babo learned that the group's driver was allegedly going to the home to settle a dispute, he then proceeded to shoot the driver, Juan Miguel Chavez Pimentel, El Micky, in the leg upon his arrival. El Babo claimed that one of the shots from his .38 revolver ricocheted off of the floor and killed his friend Ulises 'Buenrostro'.[12] [13] In January 2008, el Babo was released from jail after 9 months of incarceration, after the group paid a bail of about 130,000 pesos.[7]

In May 2018, Babo suffered leaks of nude photos from his cellphone. So far Babo has not spoken about it.[14]


  • 2002: Cartel de Santa (BMG)
  • 2004: Cartel de Santa, Vol. II (BMG)
  • 2006: Volumen ProIIIbido (Sony BMG)
  • 2008: Cartel de Santa, Vol. IV (Sony BMG)
  • 2010: Sincopa (Sony Music)
  • 2014: Golpe Avisa (Babilonia Records)
  • 2016: Viejo Marihuano (Babilonia Records)


  1. ^ a b c "Biografia de: Cartel de Santa" (in Spanish). CMTV. Retrieved 2009-12-12.
  2. ^ Gutierrez, Evan C. "Review: Cartel de Santa, Vol. 2". Allmusic. Retrieved 11 December 2009.
  3. ^ a b "Cartel de Santa". Doggs HipHop (in Spanish). Retrieved 2009-12-12.
  4. ^ "Credits: Cartel de Santa". Allmusic. Retrieved November 12, 2009.
  5. ^ Reyes, Alfonso. "'Esto es el cártel de Santa'". El Salvador (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 2009-02-08. Retrieved 2009-12-12.
  6. ^ "Vocalist Cartel de Santa kills partner 'by mistake'". El Siglo De Torreon (in Spanish). April 1, 2007. Archived from the original on January 12, 2012. Retrieved 2009-12-12.
  7. ^ a b "Liberan bajo fianza a cantante mexicano que asesinó por error a su compañero". Las Noticias Mexico (in Spanish). Retrieved 2009-12-12.
  8. ^ SIPSE, Grupo (21 October 2014). "Cartel de Santa enciende el escenario con "Golpe Avisa"".
  9. ^ "Nuevo disco de Cartel de Santa se estrenará el 3 de octubre". 21 September 2016.
  10. ^ "Cartel de Santa comparte disco en Youtube".
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  12. ^ Hecht, John (3 April 2007). "Mexican singer kills bandmate". Reuters. Retrieved 2009-12-12.
  13. ^ "Cartel de Santa rapper Says Deadly Shot was a Ricochet". Retrieved 2009-12-12.
  14. ^ "VOCALISTA DE CARTEL DE SANTA ¡APARECE DESNUDO EN INTERNET! (In spanish)". TVy Novelas. Retrieved 2018-08-09.

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