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Master P

Master P created a hip-hop empire without registering on any mainstream radar. For several years, he operated solely in the rap underground, eventually surfacing in the mid-'90s as a recording artist and producer who knew exactly what his audience wanted. And what they wanted was gangsta rap. With his independent label No Limit, Master P gave them gangsta rap at its most basic -- violent, vulgar lyrics, hard-edged beats, whiny synthesizers, and blunted bass. He wasn't a great rapper, nor was anyone on No Limit; occasionally, the No Limit rappers were even talentless and clumsy. But in a time when major labels were running away from the controversy that gangsta rap caused and Dr. Dre, the father of the genre, was proclaiming it dead, Master P stayed on course, delivering album after album of unadulterated gangsta. It was recorded cheaply and packaged cheaply, and almost all of the records on No Limit were interchangeable, but that didn't matter, because Master P kept making money and getting paid.

Appropriately for someone who operated outside of conventional hip-hop circles, Master P (born Percy Miller, circa 1969) didn't come from such traditional rap locales as New York or California. Master P was based in New Orleans, a city with a rich musical tradition that nevertheless had an underdeveloped hip-hop scene. It also had an unspoken violent side that affected Master P as a teenager. After his parents' divorce, he moved between the homes of his father's mother in New Orleans and his mother in Richmond, CA. During his teens, he was on the outside of the drug and hustling culture, but he also pursued a love of basketball. He won a sports scholarship at the University of Houston, but he left the school and moved to Richmond, where he studied business at Oakland's Merritt Junior College. His grandfather died and left him ten thousand dollars in the late '80s, which Master P invested in No Limit Records. Originally, No Limit was a store, not a label.

While working at No Limit, Master P learned that there was a rap audience who loved funky, street-level beats that the major labels weren't providing. Using this knowledge, he decided to turn No Limit into a record label in 1990. The following year, he debuted with Get Away Clean and later had an underground hit with The Ghettos Tryin to Kill Me! in 1994. Around this same time, the compilation West Coast Bad Boyz, which featured rappers Rappin' 4-Tay and E-40 before they were nationally known, was released and spent over half a year on the charts. These latter two albums were significant underground hits and confirmed what Master P suspected -- there was an audience for straight-ahead, unapologetic, funky hardcore rap. He soon moved No Limit to New Orleans and began concentrating on making records.

By the mid-'90s, No Limit had developed its own production team, Beats by the Pound (comprised of Craig B., KLC, and Mo B. Dick), which worked on every one of the label's releases. And there were many releases, hitting a rate of nearly ten a year, all masterminded by Master P and Beats by the Pound. They crafted the sound, often stealing songs outright from contemporary hits. They designed album covers, which had the cheap, garishly colorful and tasteless look of straight-to-video exploitation films. And they worked fast, recording and releasing entire albums in as quickly as two weeks.

Included in that production schedule were Master P's own albums. 99 Ways to Die was released in 1995, and Ice Cream Man appeared the following year. By the time Ghetto Dope was released in the late summer of 1997, Master P had turned No Limit into a mini-empire. He had no exposure on radio or MTV, but No Limit's records sold very well, and Tru -- a group he formed with his younger brothers Silkk the Shocker and C-Murder -- had Top Ten R&B hit albums. His success in the recording industry inspired him to make I'm Bout It, an autobiographical comedy-drama titled after Tru's breakthrough hit. Master P financed the production himself, and when he found no distributor, it went straight to video in the summer of 1997.

His next film, I Got the Hook Up, appeared in theaters during the summer of 1998, concurrent with the release of his album MP da Last Don. In between flirtations with the sports world -- including a tryout with the NBA's Toronto Raptors and negotiating the NFL contract of Heisman Trophy winner Ricky Williams -- Master P recorded 1999's Only God Can Judge Me. Ghetto Postage and Game Face followed. The double CD Good Side, Bad Side appeared in 2004 and marked P and No Limit's new relationship with the label/distribution company Koch. Both Ghetto Bill and Living Legend: Certified D-Boy arrived a year later. The 2007 compilation Featuring...Master P rounded up some of the rapper's collaborations. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Best Of Master P (Explicit)

1. Bout It, Bout It II

2. Make 'Em Say Ugh

3. How Ya Do Dat

4. Bounce Dat Azz

5. Thug Girl

6. I Got The Hook Up!

7. Hot Boys And Girls

8. Souljas

9. Mr. Ice Cream Man

10. My Ghetto Heroes

11. Bout Dat

12. Step To Dis

13. Break 'Em Off Somethin'

14. Bourbons And Lacs

15. Goodbye To My Homies

16. I Miss My Homies

17. Is There A Heaven 4 A Gangsta?

18. If I Could Change

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Track List: Ghetto Bill (Explicit)

1. Best Hustler

2. I Ain't Play'n

3. Let Me See It

4. Shut It Down

5. Feel Me

6. I Need Dubs

7. I'm Alright

8. Shake What Ya Got

9. Love Hate

10. My Dogs

11. Whole Hood

12. I'm A Gangsta

13. Yappin'

14. It's All Good

15. Get The Party Crackin

16. Respect My Game

17. Hood Starr

18. Thug Chick

19. Dope Mann

20. There They Go

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Track List: Only God Can Judge Me (Explicit)

1. Only God Can Judge Me

2. Ghetto Prayer

3. Step To Dis

4. Return Of Da Don

5. Say Brah

6. Boonapalist

7. Where Do We Go From Here

8. Ice On My Wrist (Remix)

9. Stop Playing Wit Me

10. Ghetto In The Sky

11. Ain't Nothing Changed

12. Commercial

13. Oh Na Nae

14. Ghetto Honeys

15. Y'All Don't Want None

16. Life Ain't Easy

17. Who Down To Ride

18. Y'All Don't Know

19. Nobody Moves

20. Da Ballers

21. Crazy Bout Ya

22. Intro To Get Yo Mind Right

23. Get Yo Mind Right

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Track List: MP Da Last Don (Explicit)

Disc 1

1. Da Last Don

2. Till We Dead And Gone

3. Thinkin' Bout U

4. Soldiers, Riders, And G's

5. The Ghetto's Got Me Trapped

6. Get Your Paper

7. Ride

8. Thug Girl

9. These Streets Keep Me Rollin'

10. Black And White

11. War Wounds

12. Dear Mr. President

13. Mama Raised Me

14. Let My 9 Get 'em

Disc 2

1. More 2 Life

2. Ghetto Life

3. Gangsta B...

4. So Many Souls Deceased

5. Rock-a-bye Haters

6. Snitches

7. Family Business

8. Let's Get Em'

9. Goodbye To My Homies

10. Welcome To My City

11. Ghetto Love

12. Make Em Say Uhh #2

13. Hot Boys And Girls

14. Reverse The Game

15. Eternity

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Track List: Ghetto D (Explicit)

1. Ghetto D

2. Let's Get 'Em

3. I Miss My Homies

4. We Riders

5. Throw 'Em Up

6. Tryin 2 Do Something

7. Plan B

8. Weed And Money

9. Captain Kirk

10. Stop Hatin

11. Eyes On Your Enemies

12. Make 'Em Say Ugh

13. Going Through Somethangs

14. Only Time Will Tell

15. After Dollars, No Cents

16. Gangstas Need Love

17. Pass Me Da Green

18. Come And Get Some

19. Burbons And Lacs

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Track List: Ice Cream Man (Explicit)

1. Intro

2. Mr. Ice Cream Man

3. Time For A 187

4. 1/2 On A Bag Of Dank

5. Break 'Em Off Somethin'

6. How G's Ride

7. No More Tears

8. Commercial

9. Playa From Around The Way

10. Sellin' Ice Cream

11. Time To Check My Crackhouse

12. Bout It, Bout It II

13. Back Up Off Me

14. Never Ending Game

16. Bout That Drama

17. Killer P

18. Things Ain't What They Used To Be

19. My Ghetto Heroes

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Track List: Empire, From The Hood To Hollywood (Explicit)

1. The Life I Chose

2. Freaky

3. Hood To Hollywood (Feat. Money Mafia)

4. Goin Thru It

5. All I Want (Feat. Lil Wayne)

6. Ridin (Feat. Krazy & BlaqNMilD)

7. Green

8. She Whip It Up (Feat. BlaqNMilD)

9. I Don't (Feat. Money Mafia)

10. U Think I Forgot (Feat. Maserati Rome & BlaqNMilD)

11. We Don't Stop (Feat. Money Mafia)

12. Make It (Feat. BlaqNMilD)

13. Trappin (Feat. Ace B& BlaqNMilD)

14. No Strings Attached (Feat. Ace B)

15. Werk (Feat. Ace B & Magnolia Chop)

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Track List: Home Boys (Single)

1. Home Boys (Feat. Ace B, Krazy, Maine Musik & TEC)

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Track List: Power (Single) (Explicit)

1. Power (Feat. Lil Wayne & Money Mafia)

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Track List: The Ultimate Master P (Explicit)

1. Tell 'em

2. Who Want Some

3. Them Jeans

4. Who Them Boyz

5. We Like Them Girlz

6. Let Me See It

7. Thug Chick

8. Represent

9. Stressin'

10. Shake What Ya Got

11. There They Go

12. Act A Fool

13. Dope Mann

14. I Ain't Play'n

15. Get The Party Crackin

16. I Need Dubs

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Track List: Two Three (Single)

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mjordan75232
MASTER P AND GUCCI FOR LIFE
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#nolimitforl i f e
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This guy sucks he's hilarious though
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What up 903 my Hood N**ga"s" doing it real Big I'm coming home soon I got some new s**t for all to here
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I Love this throw back..talent for real..
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O. K.��������
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Master P...keep grindin OG
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Keep it Up P keep doing good out there thats whats up. Been my Babe u n your lil Daddy
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mr.p504
..ah no ya b**ch you... Classic!! Down south hustlas.. Franktown!!
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Cool n**ga
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guyfisher81
gangtas need love my fav song on this album
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Is there a heaven for a gangsta dat was and is my s**t
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Meal TiCket . Sitn n sipn on a Qrt rolln up a sweet 21o
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I lo
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Forever no limit����
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# Free C-Murda
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My S**t When I'm Buzzed Off Dat Dope N S**t
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Text.(978)59 3 - 4 7 3 6 . ( m e d s h o p 5 0 @ g m a i l . c o m )
Buy Actavis cough syrup,tussio n e x , O G Kush,White widow,Sour disel,northe r n lights,Blue dream,Afghan kush,Grandda d d y purple,Green crack,xannie s , r o x i e s , o c 80s,adderal, p e r c s , h y d r o s , v i c o d i n , L S D , D i l a u d i d , r i t a l i n , M o r p h i n e .


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Shout out ta all da tank Boy's ya heard me ? ¿
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DA NEVER ENDING GAME!!!!
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Church bells ringin..ho's sangin
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I dont know why bossie say master p didn't put no work in ...master p'"' an "'OG'"'!����
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Master p has done a lot sign artist,movie s clothing wears.its good master p doing good in Louisville ky community .he open door for others artists
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R.I.P Fitzgerald & Otay we miss y'all so much ����
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Call
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You gotta show P some respect man. Punk a** homo thugs ain't Givin homage to the ones who she'd blood to make this thing that connected us for decades.
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P needs to work with them country ni$$as in south Kentucky!!
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Master P fan for life Truuuu ..
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Gotta love ole school No Limit Soldiers!!!
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Mr IceCream man :)
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kosterandrew 4 6
Rip david degeode
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Kendall he bout it, bout it. Uggggghh
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Legend
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How u do dat dare...
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ho hoh hooooooooooo
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I give master p for forming tru and sign artist on his label.also star in movies,endor s e d shoes n clothes .
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FREE C MURDER I MISS ALL MY TRU G'S TRU IH 10 HALLAS
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P my n**ga but er body knows Dru Down,Numskul l and Yuk mouth the real ice cream Men....
That's why he had a lil sum sum to say at the end of the song.....
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Text..(617)8 2 9 - 3 5 1 2 (fritzchemsh o p @ g m a i l . c o m )
We sell weed strains like white widow,
Og kush,sour diesel,grand d a d d y purps,
afghan kush and Cannabis oil .
Help in pain relief and cancer.
Also got Actavis Cough Syrup and pills .
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Been there and had a lot of fear.
Today I struggle and fight to get right I keep up the fight .
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Need to see the tank in my area
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This is the s**t you heard me
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I was a teenager and we would ride every day bump in that s**t! 90's rap was "real" rap.
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MASTER P IS DA DON OF ALL DON'S FREE C-MURDER!!!!
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tbofficial84
Brings me back to 99
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I love me some mystikal he still fine til this day...
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No limit foverer P is hip hop big dog for life.
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Memories come to me with this song. Love it. Player play on !!!
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He bout his business
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