SPM, or South Park Mexican, isn’t a very well-known name anymore. The American rapper produced some good music once, although it wasn’t catered to the mainstream audience and may have made him a bit of an outcast. SPM himself admitted to feeling that way and decided to change the direction of his music.
However, he didn’t get to stick to this decision for long, as he was arrested and sent to prison for around half a century. SPM hasn’t quit on music and continues to release albums from beyond the bars. His old music is also around and available for his fans, who continue to wait for his new works.
As for SPM, he didn’t get to earn his big break before he was hauled off. Find out below: Why did SPM go to prison?
Who is SPM?
Carlos Coy was born on 5th October 1970, in Houston, Texas, United States. Professionally known as SPM (an initialism for South Park Mexican), he is an American rapper, songwriter, and the founder of Dope House Records. His stage name was inspired by the South Park neighborhood in Houston, Texas, where he spent his childhood.
Coy stepped into the music industry in 1994. A year later, he was accompanied by his brother Arthur and one of their friends to establish the foundation of Dope House Records. Coy debuted under the stage name of South Park Mexican that same year with an album called Hillwood under the same label.
In 2002, Coy was convicted and sentenced to 45 years in prison, which he is currently serving at the Ramsey Unit in Rosharon, Texas. While imprisoned, he continues to record music.
SPM release date from Prison:
SPM will be released from Jail on April 8, 2047. He will be eligible for parole in 2024. He is now imprisoned in Allred Unit in Wichita Falls, Texas. So, if you are asking when SPM will be getting out of prison? He still has over 24 years to serve in jail.
There are a lot of people who believe that SPM is convicted falsely and raises their voices for the unjust convention of SPM. Is SPM really innocent? While the case says otherwise and was imprisoned for over 45 years and a $10,000 fine.
Early Problems and Crack Dealing
Coy's father was a Marine named Arturo from Falfurrias, Texas. Coy’s mother dropped out of high school so she could marry Arturo. Their marriage ended soon, three years after Coy's birth. Coy has a sister, Sylvia, who described herself as his mother or sister. Coy attended various elementary schools, before settling for and entering the music magnet program at Welch Middle School.
The family moved from southeast Houston to South Park (the south-central area of Houston), and he began attending Woodson Middle School.
In his early teens, Coy came under bad influences and became a crack cocaine dealer during this time. Another American rapper, Scarface (real name Bradley Terrence Jordan), also attended Woodson; he was a dropout and dealt in drugs.
Coy attended Milby High School before he was expelled in 1987 while in the ninth grade. He then obtained a GED and enrolled in San Jacinto Junior College for a business associate's degree but failed all his classes there. This led to him working at a chemical plant for minimum wage. But he was soon unemployed again and began working as a door-to-door perfume salesman while continuing to be a crack cocaine dealer.
Career as a Rapper
Coy started his career as a Christian rapper, influenced by the Christian household that he grew up in. However, he soon felt that doing so made him an outcast. In 1994, Coy adopted the stage name of South Park Mexican and SPM and started rapping and recording songs.
In 1995, Coy was joined by his brother Arthur Jr. and a friend Jose Antonio Garza from McAllen, Texas. Together, they founded their record label, Dope House Records.
As South Park Mexican (SPM), Coy released his debut album under his record label, named Hillwood, in March 1995. Coy promoted his debut album for two years and began working on his second album in 1997. His second album was named Hustle Town, and it was released in March 1998. The album instantly became a success in the Houston underground rap scene.
On 22nd December 1998, Coy released his third album, named Power Moves: The Table, which garnered mainstream attention. On 23rd November 1999, he released his fourth album, named "The 3rd Wish: To Rock the World". The lead single, "High So High," of his fourth album was a huge success and charted at #50 on the Billboard Hot Rap Tracks chart.
In February 2000, Coy signed a joint gig between his label and Universal Music Group which earned him $500k in advance and national distribution. Universal Music Group released three of Coy's albums which were Time is Money and The Purity Album (2000) and Never Change (2001). The Purity Album included the famous single "You Know My Name", which managed to peak at #99 on the Billboard R&B chart and claimed the #31 spot on the rap chart.
Musical Style and Albums During Incarceration
SPM’s lyrics were about growing up in the barrio and focused on living the street life as he had done after dropping out of high school. His lyrics also contained messages of hope and trying to make life better. His music style is characterized as major hip-hop, Southern hip-hop, gangsta rap, chopped and screwed remixing of music, and Chicano rap.
His Universal releases did not do very well and barely gained any mainstream attention. Coy's hardcore rapping was considered by some to be too harsh for the masses. His 2002 album named Reveille Park, which was a compilation of freestyles, was released by his record label Dope House. Dope House also released two new albums that Coy recorded while in prison.
The album, When Devils Strike, released in 2006, debuted at #46 on the Billboard 200, and the second one, The Last Chair Violinist, followed in 2008.
Following a six-year hiatus, he released The Son of Norma on 30th September 2014 while still in prison.
Why did SPM go to Prison?
On 25th September 2001, Houston police arrested Coy on a charge of aggravated sexual assault of a child who was nine years old at the time. Coy was soon released from county jail after he posted bail.
The incident took place on Labor Day weekend of 2001. A Harris County, Texas jury indicted Coy again on 10th December 2001 and added another charge over an incident that happened in 1993 when he allegedly impregnated a then-13-year-old girl. The girl later demanded child support payments from him.
Two more charges against him followed in March 2002 for the sexual assault of two 14-year-old girls. Coy was held and wasn’t allowed bail. Coy's trial began on 8th May 2002, when the nine-year-old girl's mother testified that the victim had to leave a sleepover because of abuse. The next day, the girl testified that Coy touched her inappropriately while she was asleep.
On 18th May 2002, a Houston jury convicted Coy of aggravated sexual assault of a child and sentenced him to 45 years in prison on 30th May. He also had to pay a fine of $10,000.
As of the current date, Coy is imprisoned in the Ramsey Unit in Rosharon, Texas. Coy will become eligible for parole in 2024. His projected release date is 8th April 2047.
In this case, Coy continues to maintain his innocence, and there have been persistent messages from online posters calling for his release.