Control Machete

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Control Machete
Fermin IV.jpg
Concert photo of Fermin IV in 2005
Background information
OriginMonterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico
GenresLatin hip hop, rap, Rap metal, Rapcore, Gangsta rap
Years active1996–2004
LabelsUniversal Latino
MembersFermin IV Caballero Elizondo
Patricio "Pato" Chapa Elizalde
Antonio "Toy" Hernández

Control Machete was a Mexican hip hop group from Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico. Its members were Fermín IV (listed as Fermin IV Caballero Elizondo in credits), Patricio "Pato Machete" Chapa Elizalde, and Toy Kenobi (Antonio "Toy" Hernández).[1]


The group moved to the mainstream after their song "Sí Señor" was used as backing in the Levi's Super Bowl television commercial "Crazy Legs". However, their debut album was already a bestseller, with 100,000 units sold in Mexico and 400,000 in all of Latin America.[citation needed]

In 1998, Control Machete covered the song "Amnesia" included in the album "Volcán: Tributo a José José", a tribute to Mexican legend José José.

Fermin IV left Control Machete in 2002 and released a solo album, Boomerang. He also collaborated with Cypress Hill on the track "Siempre Peligroso" on their album Los grandes éxitos en español.

Control Machete's track "Danzón" was recorded in Cuba with Buena Vista Social Club's Rubén González. "Sí señor" was featured in the Alejandro González Iñárritu film Amores perros, and Control Machete's music was heard in the 2005 film Land of the Dead (En El Camino), as well as the 2006 film Crank (Bandera) starring Jason Statham. "Humanos Mexicanos" played in an episode from the fifth season of the FX series Sons of Anarchy.

The group's music has appeared in several video games, including Total Overdose, Crackdown, and Scarface: The World Is Yours.

Their 2003 album reached #18 on the Latin Pop charts.[2]


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