South Park Mexican (a.k.a. SPM) is polarizing figure, at least to those few who still know who he is. South Park Mexican, or Carlos Coy as was given to him at birth, has both supporters and haters. He’s a rapper from Houston who once had a promising future, but is now plagued by where he will have to register once he’s out of prison.
On May 18, 2002 Carlos Coy or SPM was convicted by a jury to aggravated sexual assault of a 9year-old-child. He was sentenced 45 years to prison, which he is currently serving, and is available for parole in 2024.
Monster. That is the word that pops into the mind of many people when they find out what South Park Mexican had done, and that includes me. You can read this article written by John Nova Lomax in the Houston Press on June 6, 2002. It’s a great piece that details his life and his horrendous crime.
I’ve been listening to South Park Mexican for years now, and only recently did I found out about this disgusting crime. Up until the conviction for the molestation of a 9 year-old, SPM’s life was a true story of rags to riches; Up until that unfortunate night, SPM was the story of someone making it out of the ghetto and the dope game; Up until that night, SPM was the future of Mexican Rap.
Had I heard about his crime prior, I would probably never have listened to South Park Mexican. But that’s the thing, I didn’t hear about his crime before I first listened to “In My Hood (see video below).” The truth is that SPM is a sexual predator. The truth also is that SPM is a good rapper.
South Park Mexican is a gangsta rapper. He raps about growing up in a gang infested neighborhood, and being involved in the dope game. For those of you who might not know, to be in the dope game means to sale cocaine. His raps are backed by smooth beats and a catchy hook and chorus. If you’ve listened to Mexican Rappers before, you’ll know what I mean when I say he has that Mexican style of rap. The best way I can describe that style is rapping with a very sharp tongue, almost staccato like, and with a strong emphasis on the last words of the line. His lines are clever and he delivers them with emotion which makes you believe what he is saying.
Prior to his crime conviction, SPM was someone who was trying to give back to the community. He had jobs for the poor who were unemployed and whenever he was a special guest speaker, he would tell youth the importance of staying in school and staying out of the gang life. One could have said he was a role model, WAS. Here you can read his personal testament as to why he decided to change his life and focus on rapping.
If you can ever get past what he’s done, and trust me, I know it’s hard to, give him a listen. If you like rap, or maybe you just want to listen to something new, you won’t be disappointed, unless you really hate profane music, then I wouldn’t advise it. His songs are songs that you can just listen to while chilling with your friends, and even by yourself. He has some pretty good songs, like this gem.
What could have been a story of great triumph, has turned into a life of guilt. SPM’s legacy is forever tarnished, but his skills are unquestionable. He is good, he was the future.