Natanael Cano is making waves in the music industry as a leading artist in the 21st century corridos tumbados (aka “trap corridos”) movement. This genre fuses hip-hop beats, production traits, rapping, chanting, and other urbano trappings with Mexico’s traditional 150-year-old folk song style. His music has taken him to venues such as the Mission Ballroom, Coachella, and Crystal Ballroom, as well as festivals like Coachella, Suenos Festival, and Baja Beach Fest.
Cano has been working on this style since his mid-teens, as seen in his hit YouTube singles “El F1” and “El Drip,” which amassed tens of millions of views. His song “El de la Codeína” even topped Apple Music’s Latino chart. Cano is part of a group of artists pushing the boundaries of the corrido form, such as Arsenal Efectivo, Piso 21, and Fuerza Regida.
Born in Hermosillo, Sonora, in 2001, Cano fell in love with music at a young age. He taught himself how to play the guitar at 13 years old, watching Ariel Camacho videos since his family couldn’t afford music lessons. At 16, he left school to pursue music full-time and started posting videos of his own songs to YouTube and other social media channels by age 17. At 18, he was signed by Rancho Humilde label, led by Jimmy Humilde, and began issuing singles to SoundCloud and YouTube, including “El de la Codeína” and “Perfecta.”
Get to know his top 10 tracks of all time below!