Carlos Coy (born October 5, 1970), better known by his stage name South Park Mexican, is an American rapper, founder of Dope House Records, and convicted sex offender. His stage name is derived from the South Park neighborhood in Houston, Texas where he was raised.
Coy, his brother Arthur, and a friend founded Dope House Records in 1995; Coy debuted as South Park Mexican that same year with the album Hillwood under the label. His fourth album, The 3rd Wish: To Rock the World, generated the hit single, "High So High".
In 2002, Coy was convicted of aggravated sexual assault of a child and sentenced to 45 years incarceration, and is currently serving his sentence at the Thomas Goree Unit in Huntsville, Texas. While incarcerated, he has continued to record music.
Coy's father Arturo was a Marine from Falfurrias, Texas; Coy's mother dropped out of high school to marry Arturo. Their 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 salesman and eventually a crack cocaine dealer.
Coy began his career as a Christian rapper, but felt that doing so made him an outcast. In 1994, Coy started rapping and recording songs as South Park Mexican and SPM. In 1995, Coy, along with his brother Arthur Jr. and friend Jose Antonio Garza from McAllen, Texas, founded his own record label, Dope House Records. As South Park Mexican (SPM), Coy released his debut album, Hillwood, in March 1995. Coy promoted his first album for two years and by 1997 he started working on his second album. He released his second album, Hustle Town, in March 1998. The album became a hit in the Houston underground rap scene.
On December 22, 1998 Coy released his third album, Power Moves: The Table, which garnered mainstream attention. On November 23, 1999, he released his fourth album, "The 3rd Wish: To Rock the World"; its lead single, "High So High" charted at #50 on the Billboard Hot Rap Tracks chart. In February 2000, he 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 Coy's albums: Time is Money and The Purity Album (2000) and Never Change (2001).
The Purity Album included the single "You Know My Name", which peaked at #99 on the Billboard R&B chart and #31 on the rap chart. At the 2000 Houston Press Music Awards, Coy won every category he was nominated for, winning six awards: Musician of the Year, Best Rap/Hip-hop, Songwriter of the Year, Song of the Year ("High So High"), and Album of the Year (The 3rd Wish: To Rock the World). His label, Dope House Records also won an award for Best Local Label. At the 2001 Houston Press Music Awards Coy won three awards: Best Rap/Hip-hop; Local Musician of the Year; and Best Local Label (Dope House Records).
His 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". His 2002 album Reveille Park, a compilation of freestyles, was released by Dope House. Dope House released two new albums that Coy recorded while incarcerated: When Devils Strike, released in 2006, debuted at #46 on the Billboard 200, and The Last Chair Violinist followed in 2008. Following a six-year hiatus, he released The Son of Norma on September 30, 2014.
On September 25, 2001, Houston police arrested Coy on a charge of aggravated sexual assault of a child who was then nine years old, but he was released from county jail after posting bail. The incident occurred on Labor Day weekend that year. A Harris County, Texas jury indicted Coy on December 10, 2001 and added another charge over a 1993 incident when he 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; Coy was held without bail. Coy's trial began on May 8, 2002, when the nine-year-old girl's mother testified that the girl left a sleepover because of abuse. The next day, the girl testified that Coy touched her inappropriately when she was sleeping.
On May 18, 2002, a Houston jury convicted Coy of aggravated sexual assault of a child. He was sentenced to 45 years in prison on May 30 and ordered to pay a $10,000 fine.
As of 2017, Coy is incarcerated in the Thomas Goree Unit in Huntsville, Texas. Coy is eligible for parole in 2024. His projected release date is April 8, 2047, and his Texas Department of Criminal Justice number is 01110642. He was previously incarcerated in the Ramsey Unit near Rosharon, Texas. Coy was also incarcerated at the Louis C. Powledge Unit in Palestine, Texas, and the Allred Unit in Wichita Falls, Texas. Coy maintains his innocence in this case and there are persistent messages from online posters calling for his release.