Percy Robert Miller Sr. was born in New Orleans, Louisiana on April 29, 1967. Also known by his stage name Master P, he is a rapper, record executive, actor, and entrepreneur. He is the founder of the record label No Limit Records and CEO of P. Miller Enterprises and Better Black Television, an online television network. The rapper initially rose to fame in the mid-1990s with the success of his hip-hop group TRU, as well as his fifth solo rap album “Ice Cream Man.” Miller gained more popularity in 1997 after the success of his platinum single ‘Make ‘Em Say Uhh!’ Today, he is a super-successful rapper, a highly profitable entrepreneur, and one of the highest-paid entertainers.
In the early 1990s, the young Percy Robert Miller began to forge his own path toward success. Born and raised in the Calliope Projects in New Orleans, Miller, who would later be known by his stage name Miller, had his heart set on basketball, going as far as attending the University of Houston on an athletic scholarship. After dropping out of college and transferring to Merritt University in Oakland, he graduated in business. With the death of his grandfather, Miller inherited 10,000 dollars as part of a malpractice settlement. He then opened a record store called No Limit Records, which later became the name of his record label. In the same year, his brother was killed in New Orleans and he was determined to become a successful entrepreneur to change his life and save his family. A year later, Miller would release his debut album, “Get Away Clean,” which would make No Limit Records go on to become one of the biggest music labels of the 90s.
As the main artist of No Limit Records, Miller released two hip-hop classics “Ice Cream Man” and “Ghetto D,” popular albums that brought the biggest hits of his career like ‘Mr. Ice Cream Man,’ ‘Make ‘Em Say Uhh!’ and ‘I Miss My Homies.’ The signing of Snoop Dogg to the label in 1998 was hugely profitable for Miller. The Long Beach rapper’s debut album sold over 500,000 copies in its first week, going double platinum in less than three months. With 1998 and 1999 being the label’s most successful years, Miller decided to invest in and expand No Limit Records.
Aside from being a rapper, Miller has also ventured as an entrepreneur and investor. He was one of the first rappers to notice and take advantage of the music industry’s entrepreneurial potential, investing in a wide variety of commercial sectors, ranging from travel agencies to fast-food franchises. As a result of his entrepreneurial vision and marketing strategies, Miller was ranked 10th on the “Forbes” list of America’s 40 highest-paid entertainers. Today, the founder and CEO of No Limit Entertainment is one of the wealthiest personalities in the American hip-hop scene.
His breakthrough record "Ghetto D" sells 760,000 copies and goes triple platinum.
His best-selling album to date "MP Da Last Don" debuts at number 1 on the Billboard Top 200 charts.
His new group 504 Boyz releases their debut album, which peaks at number 1 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.
He wins the American Music Award for favorite rap/hip-hop artist.
Willie W. Herenton Jr., mayor of Memphis, Tennessee, presents Miller with the key to the city.
He becomes the first hip-hop artist to be inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame.
Why We Love Master P
He gives back to the community
Miller supports not only his hometown but also the most impoverished places in the U.S. He built several P. Miller Youth Centers to help underprivileged kids and families across the country.
He believes in the future generations
As a founder of Team Hope and Let The Kids Grow, Miller knows the importance of education. He endorses teaching at-risk youth not to give up on their dreams.
He supports black-owned businesses
He frequently promotes black-owned businesses through his different platforms. Miller believes doing so is the key to changing the narrative when it comes to racial inequality.
5 Surprising Facts
He made N.B.A. history
Miller was in the preseason for the Charlotte Hornets and the Toronto Raptors, which makes him the first rapper in the history of the N.B.A.
He participated in “Dancing with the Stars”
Miller had the lowest score in the show's history and was unfortunately eliminated in week 4.
He has his own action toy figure
No Limits Toys released a talking Miller action figure in 1998.
He holds a Ph.D. degree
He has an honorary doctorate from Lincoln University.
He turned down Jimmy Iovine
Before reaching the levels of success he has now, he declined a deal worth millions of dollars from the co-founder of Interscope Records Jimmy Iovine.
Master P FAQs
Does Miller own Rap Snacks?
Yes, he is the co-founder of the brand, which combines his love for food and music.
Is Miller a Christian?
Yes. He and his son, Romeo Miller, have diverged from their past hip-hop messages and are now creating content that reflects their Christian faith.
Does Miller own Reebok?
No. In 2021, Miller and Baron Davis lost out on their bid to purchase Reebok.
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