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Control Machete

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Control Machete
Concert photo of Fermin IV in 2005
Concert photo of Fermin IV in 2005
Background information
OriginMonterrey, Mexico
Years active
  • 1996–present
  • (on hiatus since 2004)
LabelsUniversal Latino
  • Patricio "Pato" Chapa Elizalde
  • Antonio "Toy" Hernández[1]
Past membersFermin IV

Control Machete is a Mexican hip hop group from Monterrey, Nuevo León. Its members are Fermín IV (listed as Fermin IV Caballero Elizondo in credits), Patricio "Pato Machete" Chapa Elizalde, and Toy Kenobi (Antonio "Toy" Hernández).[2]


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.[3] 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. The songs "Sí señor", "De Perros Amores" and "Pesada" were included in the Alejandro González Iñárritu film Amores perros and its soundtrack. The band's music was also 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 No. 18 on the Latin Pop charts.[4][5][6]

The group has been on an indefinite hiatus since 2004. Pato and DJ Toy have collaborated with other artists and released their own solo albums. They have stated since that while they have no concrete plans to reunite, they don't discard the possibility if and when it feels right.[7]


  • Mucho Barato... (1997)[8][9]
  • Artillería Pesada Presenta (1999)
  • Spanglish (2001)
  • Solo Para Fanáticos (2002) (greatest hits)
  • Uno, Dos: Bandera (2003)
  • Eat, Breath, and Sleep (2006) (greatest hits)[10]
  • Singles (2017)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Control Machete inició casi a la par del Vive 98". Plano Informativo (in Spanish). Retrieved April 23, 2019.
  2. ^ "Es posible el reencuentro de Control Machete". Ritmo Urbano (in Spanish). November 1, 2017. Retrieved May 4, 2019.
  3. ^ "20 años de Mucho Barato". Yaconic (in Spanish). 30 January 2017. Retrieved April 20, 2019.
  4. ^ Allmusic charts
  5. ^ "¿Cuando despegará el Rap Mexicano?". Ritmo Urbano (in Spanish). Retrieved April 20, 2019.
  6. ^ "Pato Machete toma el control del indie rocks". Velv Magazine (in Spanish). Archived from the original on October 30, 2021. Retrieved April 23, 2019.
  7. ^ "¿Se va a reunir Control Machete?". Vice (in Spanish). Retrieved February 24, 2022.
  8. ^ "MC Luka te da una clase de hip hop en español". Bizarro.fm (in Spanish). 7 July 2016. Retrieved April 20, 2019.
  9. ^ "10 discos que influyeron en el hip hop mexicano". Ritmo Urbano (in Spanish). Retrieved April 20, 2019.
  10. ^ "Regresa el sonido de Machete". El Tiempo (in Spanish). 23 April 2004. Retrieved April 24, 2019.

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