Larry Hernández is a regional Mexican singer who rose to mainstream success in 2009 with 16 Narco Corridos, a smash hit album of self-written material that he recorded in one day.
Born in Los Angeles, California, he moved at age four with his family to Culiacán, Sinaloa, Mexico, and grew up there. He began his musical career in a group called Los Amables del Norte. As a solo artist, Hernández released the albums Mil Noches (2002) and Hace un Mes (2008) before rising to mainstream success. 16 Narco Corridos was the album that made him a star. Comprised almost entirely of self-written material, it was recorded in a single day's time and featured vivid depictions of drug trafficking culture. 16 Narco Corridos spawned three hit singles ("El Querendón y Cajetoso," "El Baleado," "Pilotos Canabis") and reached number four on the Billboard Top Latin Albums chart. The live album En Vivo: Desde Culiacán followed later in 2009 and included some material not found on 16 Narco Corridos. Moreover, the album included a new studio recording, "Carita de Angel," which was released as a single. En Vivo: Desde Culiacán reached number two on the Billboard Top Latin Albums chart, giving Hernández two albums in the Top Ten at the same time and confirming his status as one of the year's greatest regional Mexican revelations. 2010's Larrymania -- that would also become the title of his NBC Universo reality television series two years later-- also hit the Latin Albums charts at number two, the Mexican Regional chart at one, and placed respectably in the Top 200. It would be his highest charting album for five years. Live and compilation recordings filled the gap, but with the 15-episode per season television series taking off to rave reviews and ratings in 2012, recording and touring were placed in the balance. Nonetheless, 2010's live set Puros Toques...En Vivo, and 2011's hit comp 20 Super Exitos: La Historia de los Exitos both managed to reach number three at Regional Mexican albums. Likewise, his two studio efforts 2012's Larryvolucion hit number six at Latin albums while Capaz de Todo and 2013's Aca Entre Nos, both managed number three entries on the Mexican Regional chart as well. The series, concerts appearances, and record sales were all in a row. 2015's Vete Acostumbrando became his eighth number two at Mexican regional, but it was also the year in which Hernandez became embroiled in serious legal trouble. In the aftermath of an incident that involved Hernandez being shorted some $16,900 from a live appearance in South Carolina in August of 2015, he was charged with kidnapping and assault and battery charges in South Carolina. The charges were filed while he was back in California, so he gave up his extradition rights and was remanded to South Carolina, where he was imprisoned briefly. The case wrangled through the courts for over a year. Hernandez dealt with the incident on a July 2016 episode of Larrymania. He eventually pled guilty to a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct, and was ordered to pay a fine and probation. The incident provided the corrido singer time for reflection. In 2017, he issued video singles "Mi Paciencia" and "Tu Diseño" (the latter featured actress Frida Sofía, daughter of Alejandra Guzman), before re-emerging in September 2017 with his most nakedly confessional album yet, Lo Blanco y lo Negro de Mi Vida. The set featured production assistance from Luciano Luna and a host of other songwriters including Joss Favela. ~ Jason Birchmeier, Rovi