Before becoming the entertainment industry’s Master P, Percy Miller was born and raised in New Orleans as the oldest of five siblings and was heavily into sports. With an athletic scholarship he earned, he briefly attended the University of Houston before moving to Oakland, California to major in business administration there. When his grandfather passed away, Miller used a $10,000 inheritance to open up his own record store in Richmond, California. In 1990, No Limit Records soon became his base to form his own record label where he released his first recording, Mind Of A Psychopath. That same year, tragedy struck his family when his older brother was killed, which sparked Miller’s desire to succeed in business as a means to save his life and the rest of his family. This was something he achieved as not only did he become a world-class performer in the entertainment industry, but has become a successful entrepreneur and investor.
Becoming Master P
Master P was the professional name Miller adopted as a recording artist who specialized in performing rap music. In 1991, he released his debut album, (Get Away Clean). From there, he released thirteen additional studio albums, as well as sixteen compilation albums, three soundtracks, a collaborative album, and eleven mixtapes. In total, he has forty singles to his credit so far.
15. The Ghettos Tryin’ to Kill Me!
(The Ghettos Tryin’ to Kill Me!) was Master P’s third studio album, which was released on March 18, 1994.
14. Mama’s Bad Boy
Released on April 20, 1992, (Mama’s Bad Boy) was the second studio album released by Master P. It followed on the heels of his debut album.
13. Get Away Clean
Master P’s debut album, (Get Away Clean) was released on September 13, 1991. The timing of its release comes after the rap artist learned of his brother’s death after an incident that took place back at his hometown of New Orleans. Determined to turn his own life around and improve the conditions of his entire family that was left to pick up the pieces, this album served as that pivotal moment Master P needed to do exactly as he set out to achieve.
12. The Gift
On December 6, 2013, (The Gift) was Master P’s fourteenth studio album release. At this point, Master P is establishing he’s more interested in helping other artists become noticed for their work instead of his own. With the level of success, he’s already received as a rap artist and entrepreneur, his goal now became to help others who trusted him enough to help them do the same, at least as entertainers. This album focuses more on the talent Master P had been working with at the time and still continues to do so even today. The Gift represents exactly as its title suggests as it’s the gift of artistry that brings people together who share similar interests. It’s far more valuable than a mere trinket inside a pretty wrapped box.
11. Empire, from the Hood to Hollywood
(Empire, from the Hood to Hollywood) was the most recent studio album recorded and released by Master P, which was on November 27, 2015. A number of top-name artists are featured on some of Master P’s songs on the album, including Money Mafia, Lil’ Wayne, Krazy, and Maserati Rome. There were no singles officially released with the intention to become charted on any official billboards, but the jam-session style layout of the tracks has been designed to enjoy the entire album as a whole and not have any songs standing out from the other.
10. Living Legend: Certified D-Boy
November 25, 2005, marked (Living Legend: Certified D-Boy) as Master P’s thirteenth studio album. There were no songs from the album that were released with charting intentions, but the album was designed more as a jam session among other rap artists that were part of Master P’s social circle. Music performed and shared between friends and colleagues usually has more soul put into them than simply pumping out hits to please critics.
9. 99 Ways to Die
On February 7, 1995, (99 Ways to Die) became the fourth studio album released from Master P’s No Limit recording studio. Although there were no officially charted singles at this point, the album marked a significant sign of a young artist who was beginning to put some more maturity into his performances that were finally winning him a level of respect he worked hard to achieve. The radio-friendly single, (When They Gone) was the song that started to get the attention of rap music fans nationwide.
8. Game Face
(Game Face), which was released on December 18, 2001, was the tenth studio album recorded and released by Master P. From it, two singles realized chart success. (Ooohhhwee) was the first, which climbed as high as number nineteen on the US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and at number sixty-three on the US Billboard Hot 100. (Rock It) was the second, which charted at number seventy-two on the US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.
7. Ghetto Bill
On June 21, 2005, (Ghetto Bill) became studio album number twelve to be released by Master P. (I Need Dubs) was the only single released from the album that appeared on an official billboard, which was at number seventy-five on the US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.
6. Good Side, Bad Side
As of March 23, 2004, (Good Side, Bad Side) was the eleventh studio album recorded and released by Master P. (Them Jeans) was the first of its two singles that were released that became a chart hit as it reached number forty on the US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. (Rock It) was the second, which sat at number seventy-two.
5. Ghetto Postage
Released on November 8, 2000, (Ghetto Postage) became Master P’s ninth studio album release, which later became certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). (Soulja) was the first hit single that came from it, which charted up to number thirty-five on the US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and appeared at number ninety-eight on the US Billboard Hot 100. The next charted single was (Bout Dat), which ranked as high as number forty-six on the US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.
4. Only God Can Judge Me
Master P’s eighth studio album, (Only God Can Judge Me), was released on October 26, 1999. It became a certified gold success by the RIAA, thanks to its two hit singles. The first of the two was (Step to This), which climbed up to number forty on the US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and at number eighty-eight on the US Billboard Hot 100. (Step To Dis) was the second to reach the charts as it peaked as high as number twenty-one on the US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.
3. Ice Cream Man
(Ice Cream Man) was released on April 16, 1996, as Master P’s fifth studio album. It was the first of his work to achieve RIAA’s recognition to become certified platinum. There were two hit singles that came from that album, starting with Mr. Ice Cream Man, which charted at number fifty-five on the US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and at number ninety on the US Billboard Hot 100. The second single was No More Tears, which charted at number seventy-eight on the US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.
2. Ghetto D
On September 2, 1997, (Ghetto D) became the sixth studio album released by Master P and it later became a triple-platinum certified success by RIAA’s standards. The single, (Make Em Say Uhh), was the best-selling single in his career as a rap artist as it sold enough copies to become certified platinum. On the US Billboard Hot 100, it charted as high as number sixteen, and on the US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart at number eighteen. Prior to Make Em Say Uhhh, was I Miss My Homies, which charted as high as sixteenth on the US Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and at number twenty-five on the US Billboard Hot 100. It also became certified gold by the RIAA.
1. MP Da Last Don
The seventh studio album recorded by Master P was (MP Da Last Don), which was released on June 2, 1998, through his own record label, No Limit Records, as well as Priority Records and EMI. On the US Billboard Top 200, it debuted at number one and has since become certified platinum four times by the RIAA. It also has a gold certification from Music Canada. From the album, there are three singles that realized charting success after they were released, which starts with (Hot Boys and Girls), which peaked at its highest at number twenty-three on the US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. The second hit single that charted was (Make Em Say Uhh Pt.2), which climbed up to number thirteen on the same music chart, as well as number nineteen on the US Billboard Hot 100. The third and final charted single was (Goodbye To My Homies), which reached number twenty-four on the US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and at number twenty-seven on the US Billboard Hot 100.