Fermín IV

Fermín IV Caballero Elizondo (born December 1974 in Monterrey, Nuevo León) is a Mexican rapper and pastor,[4] better known as part of the Mexican hip hop group Control Machete.[5]

Fermín IV
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Background information
Birth nameFermín IV Caballero Elizondo[1][2]
BornMonterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico
Occupation(s)Rapper, pastor[3]
Years active1996-present
Associated actsControl Machete

As part of Control Machete, he obtained in 2000 a Latin Grammy Award nomination for "Sí señor" as "Best Rock Song",[6] a platinum RIAA certification for the album "Mucho Barato",[7] and later as a solo artist, he has been a winner twice in the Arpa Awards of 2003 and 2018 as "Best Urban Album".[8]


Fermín IV is a benchmark of Mexican Hip Hop,[9] main voice of the extinct group Control Machete and one of the main characters of the movement of the 90s known as “Avanzada regia”.[10]

In 1996, he joined Toy Selectah and Patricio Elizalde to form a group called Control Machete. Being part of this trio, in 1997 they released their first album called Mucho Barato, where "Comprendes Mendes" was very well received.[11][12] Then came "Artillería Pesada Presenta",[13] an album that included the single "Sí Señor", a track nominated for "Best Rock Song" at the 2000 Latin Grammy Awards.[14]

After his stage with Control Machete, he shared the stage with artists such as U2 and David Bowie, his extensive tours of America and Europe.[15] Fermín left the group in 2000, his last participation being in the song "De Perros Amores",[16] the soundtrack of the film nominated for the Oscar Awards,[17] Amores perros, to continue his solo career with his album "Boomerang",[18] which contains the theme "004", used in the movie XXx)[19] and won an ARPA Award for "Best Art Design" and "Best Rock or Alternative Album".[20]

Fermín collaborated on some songs for the musical albums of the Semilla de Mostaza church, where he is currently pastor, "Semilla de Mostaza Presenta" in 2001, "Gracias" in 2003, both studio albums and "Concierto en Vivo Desde Monterrey" in 2003, a live album.

Later, he would release several productions, the first would be a live album entitled "Fermín IV En Vivo" in 2004, astudio album called "Los que Trastornan al mundo" in 2005 and a various artist album titled "Hip Hop por la vida" and a compilation album called "Dúos Con", both in 2008.[21]

After several years of silence in music, Fermin returned in 2014 with an EP called "Y Mi Vida Comenzó", where the song "No podría estar mejor" was the single from that 4-song album.[22][23]

In August 2017, Fermín IV released his EP entitled “Odio / Amor”,[24] with the single “Fácil”,[25] which marked his return to the recording studios.[26] With this album, he was once again the winner of an recognition at the ARPA Awards.[27]

In 2018, Fermin was releasing singles with great collaborations "Deseos", "Valentía" with Akil Ammar, being songs for his album "IV", which would be later promoted as "Laberinto",[28] and finally released under the name "Decisiones".[29]


As Control MacheteEdit

  • Mucho Barato... (1996) [Studio album]
  • Artillería Pesada Presenta (1999) [Studio album]
  • Solo Para Fanáticos (2002) [Compilation album]

As soloistEdit

  • Boomerang (2002) [Studio album]
  • Fermín IV En Vivo (2004) [Live album]
  • Los Que Trastornan al Mundo (2005) [Studio album]
  • Fermin IV Presenta: Están por Alcanzarte / Hip Hop por la Vida (2008) [Various Artist album]
  • Dúos Con (2008) [Compilation album]
  • Y Mi Vida Comenzó (2014) [EP album]
  • Odio/Amor (2017) [EP album] [30][31]
  • Decisiones (2019) [Studio album]


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  2. ^ "Fermín IV la antigua voz de Control Machete volvió". Nacion (in Spanish). Retrieved 20 April 2019.
  3. ^ "Entrevista con Fermín IV". Ritmo Urbano (in Spanish). Retrieved 20 April 2019.
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  5. ^ "Un integrante de Control Machete explicó la historia detrás de "Comprendes, Mendes?"". Heabbi.com (in Spanish). 8 February 2018. Retrieved 5 November 2020.
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  10. ^ Lomelí, Jassel. "Fermín IV retoma la música". El Sol de México. Retrieved 5 November 2020.
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  12. ^ "Rap Iberoamericano: 10 canciones memorables". Rolling Stone (in Spanish). 6 March 2019. Retrieved 5 November 2020.
  13. ^ "Artillería pesada, presenta..." www.lanacion.com.ar (in Spanish). Retrieved 5 November 2020.
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  16. ^ "SUPLEMENTO JOVEN DE PAGINA/12". www.pagina12.com.ar. Retrieved 5 November 2020.
  17. ^ "Amores Perros, un soundtrack perrísimo". Excélsior (in Spanish). 15 June 2020. Retrieved 5 November 2020.
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  19. ^ "El agente 004 - Fermín IV".
  20. ^ "I EDICIÓN PREMIOS ARPA – Premios ARPA" (in Spanish). Retrieved 5 November 2020.
  21. ^ "¿Por dónde anda Fermín IV ? – PulsoBeat". pulsobeat.com. Retrieved 5 November 2020.
  22. ^ "Fermín IV lanza video de su nuevo sencillo". ELIMPARCIAL.COM | Noticias de Sonora, México (in Spanish). Retrieved 5 November 2020.
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  24. ^ publimetro. "Fermín IV: No tengo que impresionar a nadie". Publimetro Test. Retrieved 5 November 2020.
  25. ^ "LA LEYENDA DEL HIP HOP MEXICANO FERMÍN IV LANZA SU SENCILLO "FÁCIL"". Sony Music Entertainment México (in Spanish). 19 June 2017. Retrieved 5 November 2020.
  26. ^ Admin (22 August 2017). "EL NUEVO EP DE FERMÍN IV ODIO/AMOR DEBUTA #1". LaChicuela.com (in Spanish). Retrieved 5 November 2020.
  27. ^ "Conoce los ganadores de los Premios Arpa 2018". Altar7.com (in Spanish). Retrieved 5 November 2020.
  28. ^ ""Laberinto" – Fermín IV". ZonaVertical.com (in Spanish). 4 June 2018. Retrieved 5 November 2020.
  29. ^ "FERMÍN IV ANUNCIA SU NUEVO ÁLBUM CON EL SENCILLO: "LA FLOR"". Sony Music Entertainment México (in Spanish). 12 April 2019. Retrieved 5 November 2020.
  30. ^ "Fermin IV". Discogs (in Spanish). Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  31. ^ "Control Machete". Billboard. Retrieved 22 April 2019.[failed verification]