In a tragic turn of events, the vibrant Mexican rap scene lost one of its brightest stars on September 2, 2023. Juan Carlos Sauceda, better known to his fans as Lefty SM, was shot and killed in his hometown of Zapopan, Jalisco, at the young age of 31. This devastating news was confirmed by his record label, Alzada Records, who expressed their deepest condolences to his grieving family.
Lefty SM’s journey began in the border city of San Luis Río Colorado, Mexico, where he was born on April 22, 1992. Raised in a family deeply involved in auto repair, he developed an early passion for rap music. Friends affectionately gave him the moniker “Lefty” because he was left-handed. While he pursued his dreams in music, he continued to work as a mechanic.
The rapper’s rise to fame was nothing short of remarkable. In 2017, he launched his YouTube channel, which quickly garnered a massive following of 2.5 million fans. Lefty SM’s unique style and lyrical prowess resonated with listeners across Mexico. His music, often characterized by its authentic and heartfelt messages, struck a chord with many.
In 2019, Lefty SM released his debut album, titled “Avión De Papel”, marking a significant milestone in his career. The following year, he released the patriotic single “Por Mi México” in collaboration with Santa Fe Klan. This track showcased his love for his country and his desire to inspire positive change through his music.
Tragically, Lefty SM’s final performance took place just one night before his untimely death. He graced the stage of the Teatro Metropólitan in Mexico City on September 1, leaving his fans with cherished memories of his incredible talent.
As a testament to his impact on the Mexican rap scene, Lefty SM collaborated with several heavyweight artists, including Neto Peña, GeraMX, Mc Davo, Toser One, Dharius, and Jamby El Favo. These collaborations not only showcased his versatility but also solidified his status as a prominent figure in the genre.
One of Lefty’s notable collaborators was That Mexican OT, a rapper from Bay City, Texas. Together, they worked on the track “Barrio”, a testament to the cross-cultural influence of his music.
In the midst of his blossoming music career, Lefty SM had aspirations beyond the studio. He expressed a desire to venture into real estate and become an entrepreneur, showing his commitment to personal growth and success.
However, tragedy struck on that fateful night in Zapopan. According to the Jalisco State Prosecutor’s Office, Lefty SM and his wife Eza Mary were attacked near their home around 10:50 p.m. Three armed individuals attempted to forcibly remove him from his residence, and when unsuccessful, they resorted to violence, opening fire and fleeing the scene. Lefty SM was shot twice and rushed to a local hospital, but despite medical efforts, he succumbed to his injuries at approximately 1:15 a.m.
The loss of Lefty SM has sent shockwaves through the Mexican rap community and beyond. His music, passion, and dedication to his craft will be remembered by millions. As fans and fellow artists mourn his untimely passing, the legacy of Lefty SM will undoubtedly continue to inspire generations to come, reminding us all of the power of music to touch hearts and change lives.