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"El Chapo" Popping Into Pop Culture

How to tweet your life on the run, as told by El Chapo.

"El Chapo" Popping Into Pop Culture

Growing up on a border town, I have always been well aware of how close I live to the ongoing drug wars. Living so close to Mexico, it is not unusual to hear about an incident that happened with the many dangerous drug cartels. It's very common to see the front page of my hometown newspaper with some sort of information relating to the Mexican Drug War.

Joaquín Guzmán, known as "El Chapo," one of the world's most wanted drug lords, has been using Twitter to voice his mind and make bold statements since he escaped from a maximum security prison last Sunday. From taunting the police to calling out Donald Trump, El Chapo does not stop with the continuous tweets. Since his escape, he has reached 505,000 followers on Twitter. One of his tweets, which was translated from Spanish, said something along the lines of, "if it happened twice it will certainly occur a third time." This tweet goes along with this being his second time to escape from prison. His first escape was in 2001, and he was on the run for 13 years.

El Chapo was last arrested in February 2014. He escaped after only being in prison for one year and five months. He tweeted on July 17, "Today is one of the days in which I can say: 'Worth the wait.'" Being one of the world's most wanted and very wealthy drug lords, that one year and five months must have been quite a wait for him.

Even celebrities such as Pitbull have something to say about El Chapo's recent escape. It happened last Thursday night, at a Univision awards show called "Premios Juventud," Pitbull accepted an award for top urban artist. At the end of his speech he told Donald Trump "cuidado con El Chapo," which means watch out for El Chapo.

Another celebrity to add his two cents on the escape of El Chapo, is famous rapper French Montana. A reporter asked Montana if he thought El Chapo was the biggest "trap lord" around and Montana responds, "of course he is, he's my idol."

I would not personally be calling the world's biggest drug lord my idol, but escaping for a second time from a maximum security prison does take some dedication and talent. With the amount of money that El Chapo has, who knows if he actually did escape from a tunnel or just paid everyone on duty at the prison thousands or even millions of dollars to just let him walk right out of their doors. All we know now is that El Chapo makes sure he has time to let the world know what he has to say by keeping his Twitter account active and tweeting constantly. The real question now is, "Where is El Chapo?".

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