Though he's a member of supergroup Slaughterhouse alongside Joe Budden, Crooked I and Royce Da 5'9", Joell Ortiz comes to Skully's on Friday as a solo artist with a chip on his shoulder.

Though he's a member of supergroup Slaughterhouse alongside Joe Budden, Crooked I and Royce Da 5'9", Joell Ortiz comes to Skully's on Friday as a solo artist with a chip on his shoulder.

Label turmoil has kept the Brooklyn-born Puerto Rican MC from releasing his latest album "Free Agent," so a series of mixtapes has sufficed to show he's still got the relentless mic skills that caused heads to anoint him a savior for authentic NYC hip-hop.

Ortiz may be cursed to perpetual next-big-thing status, but in a market increasingly dominated by Southern swagger and mindless club tracks, he's a breath of fresh air.

The gig doubles as an album release for locals Midas Touch.