Label: eOne Music
Ortiz has a gruff voice and a hard, no-nonsense flow that has more energy than polish, but that's not a bad thing for someone at this stage in his career. The best songs (including "Hip-Hop") on his debut have a raw, off-the-cuff vibe, and though many of the beats are repetitive, and Ortiz could give you a crash course in choruses, the focus is clearly and understandably on his hard-boiled tales of ghetto survival. Fans of Fat Joe's early work with D.I.T.C. should dig this.