On this day, September 20, 1997, rapper Master P had the number one album on Billboard Hot 200 for the first time in his career. “Ghetto D” was certified four times platinum and featured hits such as, “Make `Em Say Ugh” and “I Miss My Homies”.
Master P must have discovered the secret to success because the following year in 1998, he followed up with another album, MP da Last Don, that also hit number one. This album went four times platinum and is his highest selling album to date.
Master P still wasn’t done. In 1999, he scored another hit album reaching a milestone of three number one albums in three years. This is something many recording artist have yet to accomplish.
Here is a little backstory on Master P the rapper, actor, producer and entrepreneur.
Master P, whose real name is Percy Robert Miller was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. He is the founder of No Limit Records, a highly successful record label in the 1990s. No Limit Records released albums from artists like Mystikal, C-Murder, Silkk the Shocker, and more.
Master P released 14 albums as a rapper, including “Ice Cream Man” and “Only God Can Judge Me”. His music often addressed themes of street life, poverty, and social issues.
Master P is not only a rapper but a successful entrepreneur as well. He ventured into various business endeavors, including clothing lines, film production, and even a short-lived basketball career in the NBA with the Charlotte Hornets and Toronto Raptors..
Master P also took his talents to the big screen appearing in several films and television shows. He had roles in movies like “I Got the Hook-Up”, “Foolish”, “Uncle P”, “Never Heard”, “God’s Gift” and most recently “Never and Again” in 2021. He also made guest appearances on TV series like “CSI: NY” and “Empire.”
Master P is often credited with helping to popularize Southern hip-hop and for his pioneering work as an independent artist and label owner.