Black History Month 20 for 20: Master P - The Blackprint
Monday January 30th I was shooting the shit on Twitter as usual, and turned my attention to the love I have for Master P. My friend Courtney with a K inspired me to start this series (as you can see below). For every weekday in February, I will profile Black persons in celebration of Black History Month. #BHM20for20 Why only 20? Y’all too busy sinning on the weekend to read (I’m joking but not really). Thank you Kourtnee.
“And Mr. Rogers ain’t got shit up on my neighborhood…” – Master P
I wonder if Master P was talking about gentrification? Or was he talking about having pride in our communities? Because our Black asses are more talented, more beautiful, and have souls that can’t be fucked with & he just knew that we could do it on our own without having to beg, borrow & steal for acceptance.
Master P had, and has that type of foresight. OG is a term that gets thrown around too loosely these days but everything is extreme in 2017; look at who the fuck is these people (white people) elected as their president. However, P is the true definition of OG; during the 90’s thru the imprint of No Limit, which he founded, Master P started an independent movement that everyone in 2017 with a “brand” should pay homage to. Equipped with a 10k inheritance, and “other” streams of revenue Master P went from opening a mom-and-pop shop to his own music label No Limit Records. To this day, no label, Hip-Hop or otherwise has churned out albums at the rate No Limit Records used to. No Limit had an album out every fucking week, and the covers? The only word that comes to mind is: icy!
Master P is the architect of everything our culture represents. Jay-Z said, “This is much more than rap, this Black entrepreneurs, clothing, movie & film, we’ve come to conquer it all…” Master P already conquered it all in the 90’s. No limit had/has a clothing line, films, TV shows, and a fucking wrestling stable. Master P was a fucking WCW wrestler in his lifetime. A former favorite musician of mine once said, “From the streets to the league…” but Master P actually played in the motherfucking NBA (2 pre-seasons in a row with the Raptors & Hornets). Master P is an icon; the ghetto’s 1st Power Ranger if you will. When it’s morphing time, there was & is nothing P couldn’t and can’t do.
The most gangsta thing OG Master P has done, is leave a legacy for his family, and specifically his children. Generational wealth is something the world is going to have to get accustomed to seeing from our culture. But more importantly, the children of our icons are carving out their own, and is that not what we all want for our children? Romeo Miller (formerly Lil’ Romeo) is the most famous of Master P’s children because he had a sitcom on Nickelodeon. Read that again if you must; Master P, and his son had a fucking sitcom on motherfucking Nickelodeon, appropriately titled, Romeo. Why is that appropriate? Everything Master P does has his name on it, and in this day & age of “brand brand brand”, the No Limit solider was ahead of his time, and is the consummate hustler, businessman, and a fucking genius.
Master P kicked ass throughout the 90’s so that we could launch websites, write books, produce documentaries & movies on our own; we & specifically I, owe Percy “Master P” Miller a huge thank you for showing us the blackprint. Thank you P!
Next up, I highlight a Black woman who made sure we put ladies 1st in a 90’s kind of world.