Cartel de Santa started playing in 1996, when MC Babo and some friends began by singing improvised rap songs.The group became famous in 2003, when the band released its first self-titled album. The album includes hits such as "Perros", "Todas mueren por mi" and "La pelotona". The album was produced by Jason Roberts who had previously worked with artists such as Cypress Hill, Ice Cube, House of Pain, Guns N' Roses, Control Machete, and Plastilina Mosh. This contributed to the fame of the band.That same year, the group released a video clip of the song "Perros". This video was broadcast across Latin America on MTV.A year later, in 2004, a new album was released, Cartel de Santa, Vol. 2
, which included hits as "Blah, blah, blah", "La llamada" and "El arte del engaño". Cartel de Santa Vol. 2
counted with the collaboration of other artists, such as Tego Calderón, in "Conexión Puerto Rico", and Mr. Pomel, in "Crónica Babilonia".In 2007, Cartel de Santa recorded its third album, named Cartel de Santa, Volumen Prohibido.
It included the singles "Cheka Wey" featuring female hip-hop artist Mery Dee. A few months after the album release, the lead vocalist, Babo, was arrested for the killing of a fellow band member. During a confrontation with Juan Miguel Chávez, an old rival, on the street, Babo shot a warning shot, which instead hit former band member Ulises. Eduardo Dávalos, Babo, turned himself in to the Ministerial Police of Nuevo Leon state. He later wrote a song about the incident while in prison in which he expresses his regret over the killing of Ulises. The band released a compilation album, Cartel de Santa, Greatest Hits
, aimed at raising funds to be used to set the vocalist free. MC Babo was liberated from prison nine months later, with help of Sony Music, after the group paid about 130,000 pesos as bail.In February 2008, the band released its fourth album, Cartel de Santa, Vol IV
. Some of the songs recount Babo's memories during the months he was in prison. The album was meant as a message to fans that "el Cartel
" would keep making music. The first single of this album was "Hay mamita" which also has a music videoclip.In March 2010, Babo announced on the band's Myspace the release of another album. The fifth album was released in May 2010 with the name "Vol. V: Sincopa". Like their last work, Volume V
showed a better sound and beats quality. Cartel de Santa was nominated for the Latin Grammys as a result of their new release.In June 2013, Cartel release his new single: Me Alegro de su Odio
In April 2007, El Babo turned himself in to Mexican police officials claiming that he accidentally shot and killed his fellow band member. While at a house in Santa Catarina, Nuevo León, MC Babo learned that the group's driver was allegedly going to the home to settle a dispute, then he shot the driver, Juan Miguel Chavez Pimentel, El Micky
, in the leg upon his arrival. El Babo claimed that one of the shots from his .38 revolver ricocheted off of the floor and killed his friend Ulises 'Buenrostro', the matter is still under police investigation.On January 2008, el Babo was released from Jail after 9 months of incarceration, after the group paid a bail of about 130,000 pesos.