Master P Won’t Feed Into The Cash Money “Power”-Play, But Gets TRU About Family (Video)
In the course of his career, Master P has never been big on beef. The No Limit Records founder and former CEO (Romeo now holds that position) guarded 2Pac’s legacy in the late ’90s, and made some controversial moves against the competition (making a movie called Hot Boys, etc.), but P rarely puts targets on his verbal jabs, and rarely speaks negatively about anybody.
Upon being a guest on Power 105’s The Breakfast Club this morning (January 29), the TRU front man was certainly in the hot seat. Charlamagne Tha God, Angela Yee, and DJ Envy pressed the 44 year-old about his recent track “Power” with Lil Wayne, and just what that meant towards the hometown rival Cash Money Records. P dances around the questions, but more like a boxer than someone who flees. The Ice Cream Man refuses to serve up drama, pointing out that he’s lived “right down the street” from the Williams Brothers, who founded CMR. Additionally, P does not take a turn to corroborate a Lil Turk report that Master P had attempted signing him and Wayne in the late ’90s.
Where P does open up a bit, is further in the interview, closer to the 10 minute mark. Pointing out that he’s sold 75 million albums in his label run, the No Limit General of the day says “I don’t need that,” referring to Forbes Hip-Hop wealth lists, and regarding child support statements surrounding his ex-wife, which TRU fans may remember as Sonya C. Talking about family values, his son’s microphone prowess now in his early twenties, and his songstress daughter Cymphonique’s busy schedule, P looks at his brothers. He explains how the death of his older brother, Kevin Miller, prompted Master P to relocate to Richmond, California in the mid-1990s, where he linked with E-A-Ski for that “West Coast Bad Boyz” sound. P admits that he’s in regular contact with Silkk The Shocker, as well as C-Murder, who had openly criticized the mogul since his murder conviction and high-profile incarceration. P admits that like all families, the Millers are not without their problems, but that “it’s all love” when it’s said, done and solved.
Although he’s guarded, Master P gives an interesting interview. For aspiring execs, there are some jewels regarding becoming a multi-millionaire and being able to go back to the streets, why he doesn’t flaunt his successes, and why like Donald Trump, most of the rich bounce in and out of wealth.
Claiming “I got a billion dollars worth of knowledge,” Master P promotes his current roster, and expounds on why Maybach Music Group’s Fat Trel was not a misfire for the New No Limit. The label currently includes former Kurupt protege Eastwood, a onetime Death Row Records hopeful. DJ Envy presses Master P about his involvement in Snoop Dogg’s 1998 move from Tha Row to No Limit, pushing for a reaction to Suge Knight, who openly criticized Master P and Snoop at the time. P slides through the question with grace, also refusing to comment on Drake and Puff Daddy’s recent altercation. What he does do, is vehemently deny taking artists’ publishing at the height of No Limit, and explains why not all artists are worthy of perks (houses and cars), and others are. Also, look out for some plugs of a Master P biopic, and Master Cam… seven years in development.
Master P believes strongly in himself. Think he can bring it back?