Percy Robert Miller, known by his stage name Master P or his business name P. Miller, is an American rapper, actor, businessman, investor, author, filmmaker, record producer, philanthropist, and former basketball player.
Percy Robert Miller was born and raised in New Orleans in the Calliope Projects. He is the oldest out of five children. He has one sister, Germaine, and three brothers: Kevin, and platinum-selling rap artists Corey “C-Murder” & Vyshonne “Silkk The Shocker” Miller. He attended Booker T. Washington High School & Warren Easton High School. Having played on the basketball team, Miller then attended the University of Houston on an athletic scholarship, but he dropped out months into his freshman year and transferred to Merritt College in Oakland, California to major in business. After the death of his grandfather, Miller inherited $10,000 as part of a malpractice settlement. Miller opened a record store in Richmond, California called No Limit Records, which later became the foundation for his own record label of the same name. On February 15, 1990, Master P released the cassette tape Mind Of A Psychopath. His brother Kevin Miller was killed that same year in New Orleans. Instead of letting this destroy his dreams, it only increased the motivation of Master P to become a successful entrepreneur to change his life and save his family.
On February 12, 1991, Master P released his debut studio album Get Away Clean which was quickly followed by his second album Mama’s Bad Boy, in April 1992. Both albums were released through In-A-Minute Records. In 1993, Master P released his first collaboration album with his group TRU entitled Who’s da Killer? Master P released his third studio album The Ghettos Tryin to Kill Me! on March 18, 1994; it was later re-released in 1997 as a limited edition under Priority.
Miller gained fame in the mid-1990s with the success of his hip hop music group TRU as well as his fifth solo rap album Ice Cream Man, which contained his first single “Mr. Ice Cream Man”. In 1997, after the success of one of his biggest singles to date, “Make ‘Em Say Uhh!”, went double platinum, Miller grew further in popularity. Then Miller released his second platinum album Ghetto D. Miller also starred in his own street film, mostly based on his life, I’m Bout It.
Master P has released 15 studio albums, and has another 4 albums pending release.
In 1998, Miller ranked 10th on Forbes magazine’s list of America’s 40 highest paid entertainers, with an estimated income of $56.5 million. In 2009, he earned more than $661 million, making him the highest paid hip hop entertainer in the world at the time.In 2013, Miller’s wealth is estimated to be $350 million, making him one of the wealthiest figures in the American hip hop scene.
On Master P’s new track “Brick to a Million”, with Fat Trel and Alley Boy, Master P rapped lyrics that many interpreted as a diss to Kanye West and Lil Wayne. On the song, he raps, “New hittas wearing dresses, f it, I ain’t scared to address it, Gangstas on skateboards, I’m at the house breaking headboards, Real stand up.”
During an interview with Power 106’s Big Boy’s Neighborhood, Master P cleared up misconceptions about the lyrics, stating that he was not addressing those rappers in particular but was instead talking about a radio station employee who told him he was finished. “Even that, that ain’t a diss. I never made a diss record. Like I said, a lot of people, if you feel salty behind that, then I could say if the shoe fit well, I’m not afraid to address it,” he said. “I just feel like in Hip Hop, we’ve got to stick to whether we’re going to be real or we not. Like I said, I’m just addressing what I see. To be honest with you, that particular song wasn’t about nobody in Hip Hop but I think people taking it like that. This was one of these guys that worked at the radio station and didn’t believe in me and told me it was over for me. He ridin’ up on a skateboard and got a little mini-skirt on. This a new dude into the business, and he telling me it’s over for me.”
Master P, who was rumored to have issues with Cash Money Records back in the day, said that if the rappers took offense to the song, they might want to rethink their choices. But he insists that he has no beef with either of them. “If you feel guilty about something, then that’s something you need to address about with yourself,” he said. “Y’all gotta realize, we really from the streets. If there really was a feud, there would have been a problem. But I got love for Baby and them, Lil Wayne. They come from where I come from. It’s always been a competition. Everybody want to be the best.”
Miller has been known for not only his music but mostly for his business acumen, due to creating and branding his highly successful independent record label No Limit Records, as well as his other business ventures.
Miller is held in high esteem by other rappers as well. During an interview after meeting Miller, Atlanta rapper 2 Chainz stated, “This is my first time meeting [him]. I just want to let him know how he influenced the whole South in Hip-Hop.” 2 Chainz went on, “We used to argue people like they ain’t understand why we appreciated Master P and his music. It was more than that. I felt like it was his grind, his hustle. He actually put music out like every week. I even heard stories about some of the songs never even being mixed before. It was just about giving the fans what they needed. And he the reason why a lot of us are here, including myself.”