The Funky Aztecs, an influential rap and hip-hop collective hailing from Vallejo, California, were originally formed in 1989. The initial lineup consisted of Merciless, also known as Merc100Man, Sapo Loco, also known as Suga Ray, and Indio, also known as Oh Mighty Ric. Their first album, "Chicano Blues," achieved impressive sales of over 400,000 units and boasted collaborations with renowned artists like Tupac Shakur, Digital Underground (Shock-G, Money-B), Pee-Wee of Dangerous Music, TMD, and several others. In 1997, Sapo Loco departed from the group to focus on a solo career, and that same year, new members Juego (originally known as Game) and Mainey Mo joined the ensemble. The Funky Aztecs have been considered groundbreaking figures in the hip-hop scene, often cited as the first Chicano rap group. Their discography includes three albums: "Chicano Blues" in 1992, "Day of the Dead" in 1995, and "Addicted" in 1998, featuring collaborations with various iconic artists and producers over the years.
The group is currently experiencing a significant resurgence in the music world, as they've reissued their seminal album "Chicano Blues." The re-release includes legendary features from artists such as Tupac Shakur, Pee-Wee (Dangerous Music), TMD, among others. Viewed as a classic, the Funky Aztecs are poised to make waves once again with new music on the horizon.