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Uno, Dos: Bandera

Control Machete

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Album Review

The ability to make digital music sound organic and dirty is a talent, one that Control Machete bandmates Patricio Ch. Elizalde and Toy Hernández (plus longtime producer Jason Roberts) understand intuitively. The band's third full album (not counting the compilation-heavy Solo Para Fanaticos) is most notable for the departure of leading voice Fermin IV, a loss nearly equal to Ice Cube leaving N.W.A. Fortunately for Latin rap fans, Uno, Dos: Bandera is also notable for the remaining members' ability to modify their sound and continue as a compelling group, making most fans hardly regret at all the departure of Fermin IV. Elizalde wields his voice like a weapon, spraying listeners with dense syllables and a sneering delivery, constructing choruses out of just a few repetitive effects. These dark productions — most constructed in the group's Silverlake studios — may have only a few hooks to drive them, but thanks to Elizalde and Roberts, there are usually innumerable elements going on in the background to keep things interesting. "En el Camino" featuring los Caballeros del Plan G y Sekreto proves that Control Machete haven't forgotten how to construct a tough track along the lines of classic Mexican rap. The auditory equivalent to contemporary Mexican masterworks in the film world like Amores Perros and Y Tu Mamá También (no surprise that the group contributed a song to the former).

Customer Reviews

This group is still fierce!

Without Fermin some of the grit is gone, but the group still comes with that latino attitutde.

Todavia traen fuego

Yo se q CM puede seguir adelante y con mucho exito aunque fermin no este con Ellos yo se q todavia pueden traer fuego echenle ganas

not worth it......

Without fermin its hard to see how control machete has gone in a softer more conformist path. This album is missing the whole gangster thing that made them famous. I really was dissapointed and i dont think they should had done this album at all. This album stained the very respected name of control machete. Hopefully they dont make more albums and just let their true and loyal fans like me enjoy the good ol' control machete . Andamos armados comprendes mendes ......

Biography

Genre: Latin Urban

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

Mexican Latin rap group Control Machete burst into the local rock and rap scene in the mid-'80s, making its debut with the release of Mucho Barato in July of 1997. Led by Fermín IV, Pato (later Patricio Ch. Elizalde), and Toy Kenobi (Toy Hernández), the band returned in March of 1999 with Artilleria Pesada, produced by Antonio Hernández and Jason Roberts. In addition, Fermín IV recorded a song alongside Cypress Hill called "Siempre Peligroso," which was featured on the album Grandes Exitos en Español....
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Uno, Dos: Bandera, Control Machete
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  • Genres: Latin Urban, Music, Latino
  • Released: Apr 27, 2004

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