The Mean Machine was a rap group composed of Puerto Ricans who rapped in both English and Spanish. They are known for the single "Disco Dream", released as a 12" 33 RPM single in 1981 on the Sugar Hill Records label. In 1986, they recorded a single called "At The Party" on the Honey Hush label. The group is often cited as the first bilingual rap group, and is possibly the first ever Latin hip hop group.
- DJ Julio (Steven Santiago)
- Jimmy Mac (James McLean)
- Mr. Nice (Jose Semprit)
- Mr. Schick (Daniel Rivera Jr.)
- Butch Kid (Roman Barksdale Jr.)
- Cool Cliff (Clifford Santiago)
- "Mean Machine, The Discography at Discogs". discogs.com. Retrieved 2014-02-10.
- Murray, Forman; Mark Anthony Neal (2004). That's the joint!: the hip-hop studies reader. Routledge. p. 75. ISBN 0-415-96919-0. Retrieved 2009-04-07.
Back in 1981 the group Mean Machine came out with the first recorded Spanish rhymes in their "Disco Dream," a side that deeply impressed some of the present-day Latino rappers like Mellow Man Ace and Latin Empire ...