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S P M - Biography
|last update : 03-10-2009 12:27|
|Carlos Coy (born October 5, 1971), better known by his stage name South Park Mexican, is an American rapper, and company founder of Dope House Records. His stage name is derived from the South Park neighborhood in Houston, Texas where he was raised.
SPM was born to Arturo Coy, a former Marine from the Falfurrias community in Brooks County, and a woman who dropped out of high school to marry. The marriage ended three years after Coy's birth. Coy's sister, Sylvia, described herself as his "mother-sister". Coy attended various elementary schools, before entering the music magnet program at Welch Middle School. His family moved from southeast Houston to South Park, and Coy attended Woodson Middle School. Rapper Scarface (real name Brad Jordan) also attended Woodson. Coy attended Milby High School until he dropped out in 1987 while still in ninth grade. Coy obtained a GED and enrolled in San Jacinto Junior College for a business associate's degree but failed all his classes there. He then worked at a chemical plant for minimum wage, but after being again unemployed he worked as a door-to-door perfume seller and eventually a crack cocaine dealer.
Coy began as a Christian rapper but felt that doing so made him an outcast. In 1995, Coy, along with his brother Arthur Jr. and good friend Jose Antonio Garza from McAllen, Texas founded his own record label, Dope House Records. As South Park Mexican (SPM), Coy released one album in 1998, Power Moves, through his label with distribution in Houston under Southwest Wholesale. Live album Hillwood and studio album The 3rd Wish followed in 1999. 3rd Wish was a regional hit, with single "High So High" gaining much local buzz and even charting at #50 on the Billboard Hot Rap Tracks chart. In 2000, SPM signed a joint venture between his label and Universal Music Group which earned him a $500,000 advance and national distribution. Universal released three of SPM's albums: Time is Money and The Purity Album (2000) and Never Change (2001). The Purity Album included single "You Know My Name", which peaked at #99 on the Billboard R&B chart and #31 on the rap chart. SPM's Universal releases did not gain much mainstream attention; Jason Birchmeier of allmusic suggested: "Coy's hardcore rapping proved to be too harsh for the masses". SPM's 2002 album Reveille Park, a compilation of freestyles, was released by Dope House.
Arrest, conviction, and incarceration
On September 25, 2001, Houston police arrested SPM on a charge of aggravated sexual assault of a child who was then nine years old but was released from jail after posting bail. The incident occurred on Labor Day weekend that year. A Harris County, Texas jury indicted SPM on December 10, 2001 and added another charge over a 1993 incident when SPM allegedly impregnated a then-13-year old girl, who later demanded child support payments from him. Two more charges followed in March 2002 for sexual assault of two 14-year old girls; SPM was held without bail. SPM's trial began on May 8, 2002, when the alleged 9-year old victim's mother testified that the girl left a sleepover because of abuse. The next day, the girl testified that SPM touched her inappropriately when she was sleeping. On May 18, 2002, a Houston jury convicted Coy of aggravated sexual assault of a child. Coy was sentenced to 45 years in prison on May 30 and ordered to pay a $10,000 fine. SPM is currently incarcerated in the Powledge Prison in Palestine, Texas and is eligible for parole in 2024. There are persistent messages from online posters calling for his release. Dope House released two new albums by SPM that he recorded while incarcerated. When Devils Strike, released in 2006, debuted at #46 on the Billboard 200. The Last Chair Violinist followed in 2008.