Julio Voltio was in the right place at the right time: born in Puerto Rico, he grew up in the Parque Ecuestre section of Carolina where he met future reggaeton star Hector "El Bambino" and reggaeton artist Rey 29. The trio started rapping and formed the small-time group Masters of Funk, which entertained much of the neighborhood for several years before folding. They left no record of their existence, but in 1997 a comic recording Voltio made with his friend Karel ended up getting the duo on a reggaeton compilation. Their future seemed assured when they were signed by Pina Records, but the label sadly sat on their debut for three years and gave it inadequate press support when it did launch. In 2003, Tego Calderon approached Voltio about moving over to White Lion as a solo artist and Voltio jumped at the chance. He released his self-titled debut in late 2005.