This Day in Hip Hop and Rap History
Host: Chuck D w/ Duke Eatmon & Ron Maskell
April 29th, 2012
April 29th – Master P was born Percy Robert Miller in New Orleans, Louisiana on this day in 1967.
Master P with his No Limit label and brand along with Cash Money Records and its founder Brian “Baby” Williams a.k.a. The Birdman were responsible for kicking off The Big Easy Hip-Hop Scene.
Master P would redefine the indie label route by first and foremost focusing his attention regionally and allowing the buzz of his music and that of his No Limit Roster to plant the seeds of national and international interest.
In 1991, Mater P released his debut album “Get Away Clean” on No Limit.
He would release 12 more albums of his own to date, most notably 1996’s “Ice Cream Man” which contained the smash hit “Mr. Ice Cream Man” and 1997’s “Ghetto D” which spawned the anthem blockbuster chart topper “Make ‘Em Say Uhh.”
During the mid to late 1990’s, No Limit was one of rap music’s most successful labels with platinum albums by its roster which included P himself, his brothers Silkk The Shocker and C-Murder, as well as Mia X, Kane And Abel, Fiend, Mac, Mystikal and even Snoop Dogg after he left the famed Death Row label.
Another one of the label’s biggest successes was the release of albums by the No Limit super-group TRU which stood for The Real Untouchables which at various times consisted of Silkk The Shocker, C-Murder, King George, Big Ed, Cali G, Sonya C, Chille Powdah and Milkman as well as Master P himself.
Master P however would achieve his biggest notoriety as a multimedia business entrepreneur with No Limit bearing its name on a communications company, a sports management firm, service stations, a travel agency, clothing lines, real estate and several other business ventures.
Master P at one time even played for the NBA’s Charlotte Hornets and the Toronto Raptors during the 1998-1999 season. He even played for The Continental Basketball Association’s Fort Wayne Fury as well as the American Basketball Association’s Las Vegas Rattlers.
Master P has also had quite a prolific acting career, appearing in the films “Scary Movie 3”, “Gone In 60 Seconds”, “Foolish” and “Lockdown” just to name a mere few.
No Limit Films was also an extremely successful venture with Master P producing and starring in the straight to video releases “I’m Bout It”, “I Got The Hook Up” and “MP Da Last Don”.
His 1999 theatrical release “Hot Boyz”, starring Snoop Dogg, Silkk The Shocker, Mystikal and C-Murder with P himself in a supporting role also did well at the box office.
Master P would also appear on television’s “Oz”, “No Excuses”, Season 2 of “Dancing With The Stars” as well as Nickelodeon’s “Romeo!” with his son Romeo Miller a.k.a. rapper Lil Romeo who also recorded for the No Limit label. The hit show was sort of like a Black version of “The Partridge Family.”
Master P has also been involved in several charitable endeavors to combat hunger, poverty and homelessness.
In 2007, Mayor Willie W. Herenton of Memphis, Tennessee presented Master P with the key to the city in recognition of his P. Miller Food Foundation For The Homeless and all of the important work it had done for his city.
Master P was one of the most versatile entrepreneurs whose base was the hip-hop industry.