They pay the artist no doubt especially the ones based in sinaloa. One can also say that they invest in their careers as well and build them because they know them personally. Even though not all Mexican singers or bands are like this, usually the ones established already like for example tucanes de tijuana who are known to play for the likes of Ivan, chino, zambadas, or other cartelsare most likely payed through middle man or bank accounts that can’t be traced to them. As of now the Mexican corridos that are hitting hard are the u.s. west coast corridos and southern ones who mostly sing for cds.
It's the person who writes the songs is the person who is face
too face with these characters .there's not too many of the song writers as there is music bands and solo artist .it's easy too distinguish who they are .