Master P Biography
FORMED: April 29, 1970, New Orleans, LA
Master P in the heart of uptown New Orleans, Louisiana, grew up in the third ward Calliope projects. After his mother and father separated, his mother moved to Richmond, California. Master P decided to stay in New Orleans and travel frequently to California to spend time with his mom. His mother agreed it was important for him to stay in school in New Orleans and grow up with his father and his family. Remaining in New Orleans, P and his brothers were raised by their paternal grandmother.
When P's grandfather came into an inheritance, P was given ten thousand dollars. Striving to be an entrepreneur, Master P took this money and opened an independent record store in Richmond, California called No Limit Records. After gaining first hand knowledge of the music industry as a retailer, P felt he had the business savvy to embark on his dream to become an entertainer as well as owning his own record company. No Limit Records, the retail store became No Limit, the record company. The first release, Master P's "The Ghetto's Tryin' to Kill Me" sold over 100,000 units independently. The second release also from Master P was the EP "99 Ways To Die", which went on to sell over 200,000 units, also without major distribution.
After selling over a quarter of a million records, several of the major labels came to Master P offering him a deal. Weighing all his options, he decided to sign his company, No Limit, to a straight pressing and distribution deal with Priority Records. "In order for me to stay true to myself and my company, I had to maintain complete creative control," says P. When the deal was solidified with Priority in 1995, No Limit Records released TRU (made up of Master P and his brothers, Silkk the Shocker and C-Murder). Their album entitled "True" went on to sell over 400,000 units, while patenting the phrase and hit song "Bout it Bout it." TRUE continues to maintain a spot on the Billboard R&B album chart. With a national distribution deal and over a million records under the No Limit belt, Master P went on to make musical history by executive producing the first rap compilations', "Down South Hustlers" and "West Coast Bad Boyz". Both records held fast on the Billboard charts for several months.
As No Limit records continued to gain notoriety, Master P抯 1996 solo release of "Ice Cream Man" made a smash debut at number three on the Billboard R&B chart, selling over 800,000 units and counting. Also released from No Limit in 1996 were Kane & Abel's "The 7 Sins" and Silkk the Shocker's self-titled album, which entered the Billboard R&B chart at number six.
In early 1997 Master P released the unprecedented success, "Master P presents.. West Coast Bad Boyz II", the follow-up compilation dedicated to Tupac Shakur. With the debut of the project at number two on the Billboard R&B chart and number eight on the Billboard Top 200 album chart, it was time to recognize No Limit Records. In the following weeks, P released TRU's latest project, "TRU 2 DA Game", which debuted at number two on the R&B chart, number one on the Rap chart and number eight on the Top 200. Within one week of its release, "TRU 2 DA Game' was RLAA certified Gold and is now double Platinum.
As the success story thickens, Master P proves there's 'no limit' to his dreams. His first feature film, 'I'm Bout It', a straight to video project that he financed, wrote, directed and produced, debuted number one on Billboard's Top Music Video chart and has attained a multi-platinum selling status. The film is based loosely on his life growing up in New Orleans and expresses the harsh reality of survival in one of the toughest neighborhoods in America. 'I'm Bout It' stars Master P and co-stars Helen Martin, Mack 10, Moon Jones and a host of others. The soundtrack to 'I'm Bout It', also a Platinum seller, made history. According to Billboard magazine, 'never before had a soundtrack charted unless it was accompanied by a theatrical film release.' The soundtrack debuted number one on Billboard's R&B album chart and number four on Billboard's Top 200.
Approaching the latter part of 1997, the muck anticipated solo album from the Master himself is upon us, entitled 'Ghetto D'. The album features appearances from gold and platinum recording artists' Foxy Brown, TRU, Mystikal, Too Short, E-40 and Mia X, to name a few. The album is sure to be another huge accomplishment for Master P and No Limit Records. The first single and video 'I Miss My Homies' is an amazing song with an unforgettable book. Lyrically, it will touch any person who has ever lost somebody close to them. Another title track on Ghetto D is 'Gangstas Need Love' featuring Mercedes, Mystikal, Fiend and The Shocker, all of No Limit Records. Twisting that mid-tempo groove and hook from the Diana Ross hit 'Since You Been Away" and topping it with Ps one of a kind style and flow, another kit is in order. All the tracks on Ghetto D are produced by No Limit's production team, Beats By The Pound, and written by Master P, who will certainly be delivering another platinum story to the music game.
With all the success of No Limit records and all there is to come, one can understand why Master P is "Bout It' and "Tru 2 Da Game'. No Limit has indeed become the most successful independent record company in the country. Thanks to Master Ps never ending vision for his empire, No Limit Records will continue not only to impress, but to have a major impact on the industry and fans for many years to come .... Cause there's 'No Limit' for No Limit Records.
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Bunny | Reviewer: Yolanda Miller | 9/15/11
I believe P. Miller is a inspiring man. I plan on starting a record label myself, and as we all know, there's alot of people saying It won't ever happen because, I'm from Cleveland. When they say that all I do is say "Look at Master P" thanks!!!!
"See you at the top P" and that's before Judgement Day I pray. Peace!
Your the Best | Reviewer: Savannah Hargrove | 11/21/08
I think that your song I miss my homies is a great song I did my song analysis on it and I love the song. I know how you feel when you lose your best friend or someone you really love that is caused by violence.
Get It Back going | Reviewer: Dezzy | 2/16/08
Well I ben A big fan from 99ways to die To No Limit greatest hits Im talking Bout It Bout mac your 2 Bother silk N c murder Fiend I know A lot of tham did what thay did but that thay loss N your Gin so what It do P get at me N get It back going
I love you Master P | Reviewer: yvonne street | 9/20/07
I wish you the best ever. I wish that the men here in Milwaukee had the go get it attitude. I am trying to teach my 18 year old son that nothing falls into you lap you have to go out and get it. Thanks for the motivation. Keep putting yourself out there and showing up at different functions because out kids need you.....much love
MAN U ARE THE BEST | Reviewer: Denislav | 8/11/07
What`s up man , u are the best ! will u make some new album or some concert in bulgaria ? i reaky want to see u on live ! Be cool \\//
I’m a gangsta my nine, I stay lookin good ...
The realist one!!! | Reviewer: RaShida | 8/6/07
Hi sweety I have been a big fane of your's for a long time an di just wanted to let you know that you still mean the worl to me and if I had the chance to say one thing to you it would be (I am truly gratul that you came out wet some of the things you came out wet like ,Best of Master P, I'm bout it , and Ghetto D) so I am still a fane of your's and well be for a good minute I love you Matere P and I hope you every good minute that you deserve!!!!!!
i realy admire you | Reviewer: ABUBAKAR SIDDIQUE IBRAHIM | 6/30/07
i have taken the nick name master p coz i liked you sincve child hood and will like to contact you in any way i will like to dress like you behave like youn and live my life like you my master.i realy will like to hear from you my rolemodle.love you master p/
success | Reviewer: dela | 5/9/07
this no limit record really impressed me since my childhood lik master p and lil romeo .... dela frm south africa
Warning to bow wow | Reviewer: AMAM | 2/25/07
Master p has warned bow wow to stay away from his son lil Romeo.Meanwhile Romeo is not in good terms with bow wow.He got his new album dissing bow wow in it."You can't shyne like me".Go see the latest album of p.Ghetto bills.
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